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The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Posted by Caitie F on January 8, 2014

Title: The Impossible Knife of Memory imp
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Hardcover: 372 pages
Pub Date: Jan 7, 2014
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

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?


Many people forget about soldiers who come home and their families. The Impossible Knife of Memory takes a look at how war impacts both veterans and their families even after everyone is back home. It is not an easy book to read, but it is a book we all need to read. It is a very good book, so it is worth the difficulty.

Hayley’s father drinks to deal with his PTSD, so Hayley never knows what to expect when she gets home. It isn’t easy being just the two of them and she feels helpless. She has moved around so much that it is hard for her to make friends, and it is hard for the reader to know who she is also. Luckily, she meets Finn, a guy that starts out as a pain in her ass who has his own problems at home.

Their relationship develops slowly and naturally. She pushes him away because she doesn’t want anyone to be close to her, to see what is really going on, but eventually becomes more comfortable. As she opens up to Finn, the reader gets to see she is smart and kind and caring, but far from perfect. How can she be, growing up how she has?

This is a wonderfully written book and it is a must-read for anyone. It is about asking for help when you need it, finding the right way how. It is about opening yourself up to friendship and being there for those you love and even just those around you, looking out for those in your community.

Give this incredibly moving and current book a read.



One Response to “The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson”

  1. Linda said

    I haven’t read any of her books. Perhaps 2014 will be the year I do!

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