The Impossible Knife of Memory

The Impossible Knife of MemoryThe Impossible Knife of MemoryThe Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson 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 SpeakSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson 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.

Publisher’s Description:
For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of MemoryThe Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.

Book Details

Title: The Impossible Knife of MemoryThe Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Category: Young Adult Fiction
My Rating: 4 Stars

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