Published by Viking Books on Jan 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Format: Hardcover from Purchased
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For the past five years, Hayley Kincain 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 Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.
Quite frankly, I loved this book. It felt so raw and real. I could picture the characters as real people, and Hayley’s feelings and emotions really resonated with me. Even weeks after reading it, I still remember vividly how emotional this made me.
I think the authenticity of Hayley’s ever changing emotional state is the part I most connected with. She goes through some very dark spells that I really understood. I’ve never been in her situation, but the emotions that came through in the writing were very real. It takes real skill to create emotion that leaps off the page, and this book had just that.
While I connected with Hayley’s emotions, I have to admit that I preferred Finn’s character. He was so sweet. He had depth and adorable geekiness, and even had a reasonable plan for his future. How could anyone not love him? I certainly did.
My review cannot possibly capture fully how I feel about this book. It was powerful and emotional and well worth picking up. This is a book I not only recommend, but am also willing to push on people. It’s just that good.