The Impossible Knife of Memory, Laurie Halse Anderson

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

  1. bachbooks Says:

    Summary:
    After years on the road “home schooling” with her truck driving father, Hayley finally finds a home for her senior year when they settle down and move into her grandmother’s old house. Unfortunately her home fails to provide a safe harbor, and she ends up having to care for her army veteran father as he suffers the profound effects of PTSD as a result of his combat experiences. Eventually she connects with friends and even starts to fall in love, but her father’s problems threaten to ruin both their lives.

    Evaluation:
    I really enjoyed the first three quarters of this book, but I didn’t really like the ending. The story builds to a breaking point, and then the answers come along too quickly and easily for my tastes. Anderson does a good job of creating fun (if extra-quirky) characters to draw readers into the story, and her detailed descriptions of the various homes illustrate that even the “haves” don’t really have it all.

    Rating: 3 stars

    Recommendations: Eleanor & Park, Twisted, The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska

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