Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth

Hi All!  It’s Becky.  I’ve been trying to expand my reading horizons and I just finished listening to the audio book Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth.  Here are my thoughts:

39829130.jpgTitle: Give Me Some Truth
Author: Eric Gansworth
Note: I listened to the audio book.

Summary: In 1980 Carson Mastick has a simple goal.  He wants to finish his senior year of high school and leave the reservation.  He knows that if he can form a band and win the school’s Battle of the Bands he will be one step closer to his dream of New York City. Maggi’s family has just returned to the reservation after living in the city and Carson soon recruits her into the band.  Maggi wants to follow her passion to create conceptual art but is trapped by her mother’s expectations and must keeping making more traditional art to sell to the tourist..  Together, Maggi and Carson, will spend the school year experiencing life’s lessons of love, racism, family, and friendship.

Review: Sadly, a large part of this book was wasted on me because I just have a bit of a blind spot for historical fiction.  However, even with my historical fiction issues I can see how valuable book this for it’s ability to teach real life experiences.  Gansworth’s novel is realistic view of what it was like to be a Native American teen in the early 80s.  He carefully crafted a story that shows the harsh prejudice and extreme poverty that would affected these teens.  His characters are strong  and complex while being fabulously realistic.  They both illustrate what it was like to be a teen in this time but also what it was like to be a minority teen in this time.  Their experience are realistic and the depiction truthful.  The book at times is not necessarily pretty but it is honest and educating and something that should be read.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5

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