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Give Me Some Truth

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Carson Mastick is entering his senior year of high school and desperate to make his mark, on the reservation and off. A rock band -- and winning the local Battle of the Bands, with its first prize of a trip to New York City -- is his best shot. But things keep getting in the way. Small matters like the lack of an actual band, or the fact that his brother just got shot conf ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Elke (BEroyal)
3.5 stars

This is a story told in dual POV: the 15-year-old Maggi and the 17-year-old Carson, both native American teens, Tuscarora Nation (#ownvoices), living on a reservation near Niagra Falls and the border with Canada in 1980.

My audiobook subscription ends the third, and I really wanted to be able to finish this still. I'm glad I did! I am, however, sad that due to me listening to it I didn't get to see the visual art.

Something that made me extremely uncomfortable was the fact that Jim, a th
Wow, so this was great. I started to draft a long, largely incoherent love letter to this book, and then I remembered Debbie Reese had this to say about Eric Gansworth's first young-adult novel, If I Ever Get Out of Here: http://americanindiansinchildrenslit... , which is both more authoritative and better written than my ramblings. (This isn't a series, but there is some overlap in the two books.)

Anyway, I thought this book was even better than If I Ever Get Out of Here, and I loved the stuff
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is a 4.5 for me for many reasons. When I received this ARC of Eric Gansworth's latest offering, I knew that it would land on the top of my to-read pile, but I also knew that I would want to savor it just as I savored his earlier If I Ever Get Out of Here. I had to wait until the winter break from work to find time for the book, which covers some of the same territory as the previous one, set in and near the reservation and the town of Niagara Falls and featuring a fictionalized version of t ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Gansworth's latest novel follows the formation of a band and their quest to win a Battle of the Bands through the viewpoint of two Native American teens, Carson and Maggi. I liked the distinct voices of these two characters, and the glimpse I, as a White reader, got into life on Carson's and Maggi's reservation. While the characters don't always make the best decisions, I found them to be well-developed and realistic indiv
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the plot and the main character arcs, as neither really moved the needle for me by the end of the book. But my lukewarm feelings there are more than balanced by the deep, powerful sense of setting Gansworth instills, both in terms of the music, art, and fashion of the time period, and the complex depiction of life on a reservation for young people.
I received an ARC of this book from the 2017 YALSA Symposium.

I got to chapter 7 in this book, but I just couldn't finish it. Initially, it reminded me a bit of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, but it quickly lost that feel. It just felt like the story wasn't going anywhere.
Jade Kessinger
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I received an ARC of this book at Yallwest.
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a realistic portrayal from an authentic voice. The characters and plot are intense and engaging. Note that there is significant content.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Life on the Rez isn't easy, but neither is life in the city. Set in 1980s upstate New York, on the Tuscarora reservation and nearby cities, this isn't a sequel to If I Ever Get Out of Here but is set in the same world, with many of the same characters. The blend of reservation life and life outside is skillful, and there's nothing about the lives of Carson, Maggi, Lewis and their families and friends that won't be both familiar and real for readers. The "real world" intrudes in the form of a rac ...more
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Carson was annoying, and Maggie’s “love” was too silly for me. On the flip side, I appreciated that a man in his thirties was portrayed as creepy for going for a younger woman.

I read a YA book earlier this year with the same kind of relationship but it was meant to be romantic. I didn’t hate it, but as usual I questioned the man’s motives and maturity.

The best part of the book for me was the look into what it’s like living on the reservations. I recently learned about a lot of the stuff depicte
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Highly recommended by Debbie Reese.
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Gansworth is an enrolled citizen of the Onondaga Nation; however, he grew up in the Tuscarora Nation as a descendant of one of two Onondaga women present among the Tuscarora at the foundation of the nation in the 18th century. Gansworth originally qualified in electroencephalography, considered a profession useful to his nation; however, he went on to study literature and to continue a lifelong in ...more
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