Having read “Speak” I love Laurie Halse Anderson's books. And she didn't disappoint with this new title. The Impossible Knife of Memory focuses on many characters and has a lot more action than her previous book. The characters are all over the place but that just makes them seem more real. This one is also filled with moments where one minute you are panicking and the next you are laughing your butt off, which is a great thing for this book about PTSD.
The Impossible Knife of Memory opens with Hayley talking about that there are only two kinds of people in the world. Zombies and Freaks. I love how that really plays out in the pages of this intriguing story. It really shows you how Hayley views the world around her and the people she comes into contact with. This is a definitely a must read for those who want a book that they will be thinking about for years to come! The Impossible Knife of Memory really is compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.
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 Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up