Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Carson is a senior in high school. He loves his Chevelle, his imperfect family, and music.

redstarGANSWORTH, Eric. Give Me Some Truth. 400p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Bks. May 2018. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781338143546.

Gr 9 Up –Carson is a senior in high school. He loves his Chevelle, his imperfect family, and music. He dreams of starting his own band with his friend Lewis, whom he treats horribly, because Lewis lets him. Maggi has just moved back to the Rez after living in the projects in the city with her mother and sister for seven years. She’s 15 and works with her family selling beaded work to tourists from a script her mother wrote for her to recite when she was a little girl. She dreams of creating her own high-concept art, but life at the fictionalized Tuscarora Nation reservation and the lack of modern conveniences of their home are taking its toll on Maggi. Carson and Maggi seem to have an instant attraction, but Carson soon discovers that Maggi has embarked on a relationship with 31-year-old Jim, a white man who works with her on her job who is not quite as nice as he may seem. Gansworth’s follow-up to If I Ever Get Out of Here has an incredible voice. Told in alternating perspectives, this novel places readers right at the center of young adult lives in a reservation on the outskirts of Niagara Falls. His characters are rich, well developed, and will stay with readers for a long time. Lovers of his debut novel and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie will fall in love with this incredibly written ­novel. VERDICT A stellar choice for YA realistic fiction shelves.–Christina Vortia, Hype Lit, Land O’Lakes, FL

This review was published in the School Library Journal March 2018 issue.

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