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The Impossible Knife Of Memory

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Viking USA | January 7, 2014 | Hardcover

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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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.54 × 5.89 × 1.31 in

Published: January 7, 2014

Publisher: Viking USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670012092

ISBN - 13: 9780670012091

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing Laurie Halse Anderson is a pretty famous author but I've never read anything by her. With that said, I had a high expectation when I picked up the Impossible Knife of Memory. It promised to be "the best of Laurie Halse Anderson" or something like that. Needless to say, I was greatly disappointed. I thought the book was off to a pretty great start, keeping it light with Hayley's sarcastic tone and the kind of blooming romance with Finn. At that point, I would've give the book a B. Slowly, we go into the middle and that's when things started to get really boring. Hayley started being rude and annoying. She'd get mood swings and lash out at her friends for no reason. She isn't the only one with a problematic life in the story. Everyone's lives were pretty messed up. I almost considered putting the book down because of how I couldn't stand the narrator and the slow pace. At that point, I would've given it a grade of D. Finally, at the end, it picked up a bit and we were left with an emotional ending.  I didn't really like the slow pace and how the character was annoying. The book had a pretty awesome beginning and end. I especially enjoyed her relationship with Finn and her father. The love story was cute. The father-daughter bonding story almost made me cry. It was truly beautiful. Overall, the horrible balances out the amazing; I'd give the book a rating of C.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books I am smacking myself for not reading any other books by Laurie Halse Anderson before this one. The Impossible Knife of Memory is an incredibly heavy story about a young girl who spends more time looking after her father who suffers from severe PTSD, than he spends looking after her. Despite the absolutely tough subject, Anderson throws in this underlying sense of hope that is so strong, it helps you push through the more emotional parts of the story. And trust me, there are a lot. I was choked up for the majority of this book, and definitely cried at certain parts. What balanced out the emotional was the wonderfully witty and quick banter between Hayley and Finn. They complimented each other wonderfully, and I am so glad it wasn't the type of relationship where they only got together at the very end. Finn became a huge support system to Hayley when her dad got worse. Hayley's relationship with her dad, Andy, was wonderful while at the same time being incredibly destructive. Hayley spent five important years of her life being the passenger in her dad's semi as they travelled the states trying to outrun his memories. And while this formed an incredibly strong bond between the two, it also took Hayley out of important years of high school, which has caused her to become a cynical and at times incredibly difficult girl to deal with. But honestly, with her situation, you can't blame her for it. But, seeing the strength in Hayley to get her father back on her feet and the absolute hope she had for him, was amazing.  The Impossible Knife of Memory really tops my list of one of my favourite books that i've read this year. Anderson knows how to wrench incredibly strong emotions out of her readers, and this book is the best i've read so far dealing with the PTSD subject. Everyone needs to read this in January!
Date published: 2013-12-27

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The Impossible Knife Of Memory

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.54 × 5.89 × 1.31 in

Published: January 7, 2014

Publisher: Viking USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670012092

ISBN - 13: 9780670012091

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***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof.*** Copyright © 2014  by  Laurie Halse Anderson   -28-   The crowd in the stadium roared so loudly I couldn’t hear what the mom manning the ticket booth said. “Why?” I asked again. She glared and waited a beat for the noise to die down. “Everybody pays to get into the game. No exceptions.” “But I’m the press,” I whined. “On assignment.” “Students get a dollar discount.” She put her hand out. “Four dollars or don’t go in.” I paid her. Finn now owed me nineteen bucks. The bleachers were a wall of people dressed in Belmont yellow. For one second, it felt like they were all staring at me, that they all knew I came to the football game alone and didn’t know where to sit, but then a whistle blew and the football teams on the field behind me crashed into each other and the crowd cheered and jumped up and down. I was invisible to them. I turned my back to the stands. On the other side of the field sat the enemy, the Richardson Ravens, dressed in black and silver. Beyond the goalposts at the far end of the field rose a gentle hill that was dotted with people sitting on blankets, little kids zooming around them, cheerfully ignoring the sad excuse for a football game. The referee blew his whistle and the two lines of players crashed into each other again, grunting and shouting. I couldn’t see what happened to
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the groundbreaking National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book Speak. She is also author of the critically acclaimed YA books Prom, Twitsted, Catalyst, Wintergirls, and The Impossible Knife of Memory. She has also authored a number of middle grade titles including The Vet Volunteers series, and the historical fiction Seeds of America Trilogy, which includes Forge, ALA Best Book for Young Adults Fever 1793, and the National Book Award finalist and Scott O’Dell Award-winner Chains. She and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at madwomanintheforest.com.

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY : - New York Times bestseller - 2014 National Book Award long list * "As in Speak , Anderson provides a riveting study of a psychologically scarred teenager . . . absorbing " — Publishers Weekly, starred review   * " Compelling , powerful , and timely . . . This is challenging material, but in Anderson''s skilled hands, readers will find a light shining on the shadowy reality of living with someone who has lived through war" — Booklist , starred review * "The book offers an eloquent portrait of the effects of both war and family legacies, and many readers will find reflections of their own struggle to keep family connections while obtaining their independence.” — BCCB , starred review * "With powerful themes of loyalty and forgiveness, this tightly woven story is a forthright examination of the realities of war and its aftermath on soldiers and their families. One of Anderson’s strongest and most relevant works to date.” — School Library Journal , starred review * "It is Anderson at her absolute best, providing significant and touching realistic fiction." — VOYA , starred review "Anderson''s novels . . . speak for the still-silent among us, and force all of us to acknowledge the real and painful truths that are too dangerous to ignore." — New York Times “The Impossible Knife of Memory isn’t always an easy read-Anderson’s gritty, authentic look at PTSD is by t
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