The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
A great book, but so hard to read at times due to the subject matter (in that regard, very similar to her amazing book Speak if you’ve read that). My experience with PTSD is, thankfully, nonexistant, so I don’t know how accurate she is at depicting it.
The writing is fantastic, and smoothly pulls you into the story. You’re rooting for Hayley immediately, even though she can be a main character with plenty of flaws – so understandable though, given her background. And despite my usual aversion to teen romances, I liked the relationship between Hayley and Finn. It felt more believable than most, although it came a little too close to insta-love for me to be completely crazy about it.
One big caution: the publisher’s description says ages 12 and up, but I’d be very hesitant to hand this to a 12 year old. My thought is high school age only – this has some tough material in it! Know your reader before you just hand this one over.