The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Reviewed By: A.T.
In this book, you follow the life of senior in high school, Hayley Rose Kincaid. Hayley is not your typical teenager, as she has spent most of her young life on the road with her dad Andy, a retired army vet who was making a living as a long haul truck driver. While it may sound fun and exciting, her dad is actually running from his Army past which has scarred him both mentally and physically. Finally, when Hayley is 17, her dad decides that it’s best for both of them if they settled down in his hometown. Here both Hayley and her dad struggle to adapt to “normal” life. This is their story.
Why I Picked it Up: This book came highly recommended to me, specifically, the audio book, which is what I listened to. As usual, Laurie Halse Anderson tackles a difficult and sensitive subject and does a fabulous job of it.
Why I Finished It: Once you get involved in Hayley’s life you have to find out how it ends. Much like Hayley throughout the book, you keep waiting for the other shoe to drop.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this to fans of realistic fiction and those who have enjoyed her other books. I would also say this would be more for the 8th grade to high school crowd because of the serious topics covered in this book.
**Librarian Side Note** Yet another though provoking, emotional tale from the author who wrote Speak and Winter Girls. I highly recommend checking out this author’s entire list of books.