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The Impossible Knife Of Memory

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Penguin Young Readers Group | January 7, 2014 | Hardcover

The Impossible Knife Of Memory is rated 4.1667 out of 5 by 6.
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: 384 pages, 8.5 × 5.88 × 1.25 in

Published: January 7, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670012092

ISBN - 13: 9780670012091

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! You should check it out! I have been a Laurie Halse Anderson fan for years – ever since I used Speak in my 4th year Children’s Literature course at SFU. But it has been a number of years now since I’ve picked up one of her books, so I was curious to see if she has maintained her exceptional standards. I was not disappointed. As per usual, Halse Anderson wove a tale that is brutally honest and real but that’s real strength lies in the character development. Hayley Kincaid is a girl who is dealing with issues that no teenager should have to deal with (but that far too many do). Her struggles to balance her life, her studies and her father’s well being are beautiful written. Too often I put down a realistic novel like this one with a feeling of disappointment and depression but that wasn’t the case this time. Instead I felt closure and a sense of hope when finishing the novel. Halse Anderson doesn’t sugarcoat the story and doesn’t ruin the reality of her novel with a fairytale ending and yet she manages to close on a hopeful note.
Date published: 2015-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I bought this book & i'm so happy I did it.  Please don't listen to the bad reviews. It's seriously one of the best book i've ever read. It made me cry,smile & laugh. I seriously couldn't put it down. 
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME STORYLINE. Please, please, please DO NOT listen to the negative reviews. This book was seriously amazing and it touched my heart. I see Wren as a person like myself, we both like school and want to please others. But you know, Wren's had enough of all that and it's time for her to come out of her shell and do things beyond the boundary. It's beautiful to see the romance Lauren Myracle created. I knew it that I'd love this book because I've been reading Lauren Myracle's books since I was a tween. She is a special author that means a lot to me.
Date published: 2014-03-01
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 2 out of 5 by from Decent Read The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle has a good storyline. The plot is something that would appeal to the average teenager looking for a relatable story – girls who are best friends, applying to post-secondary education and getting accepted, going to graduation, prom, and scoping out boys. That last sentence pretty much sums up my life for the next couple of months. I have already applied to university and am waiting to find out if I have been accepted, and prom and graduation are just around the corner. However, when reading, I found that things got repetitive very quickly. I loved the first couple of chapters then got a little bored as the same kind of thing began to happen in the rest of the novel. This could be because lately I have been reading more action-filled novels with twist and turns at every corner and this was more of an easy, slower-paced read. With that in mind, it wasn’t a bad book – it just did not compare to the ones I had read before it. I would recommend this novel to anyone who is like me and could see themselves as some of the main characters with what is going on in their lives. In addition to this, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a slower-paced read.
Date published: 2014-01-22
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

The Impossible Knife Of Memory

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.5 × 5.88 × 1.25 in

Published: January 7, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

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 the ball, but the Richardson side of the field erupted in cheers.I texted Gracie:heyAfter a long pause, she wrote back:at movie ttyl?I sent
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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 longlist - A Publishers Weekly Best Young Adult Book of 2014 - A School Library Journal Best Young Adult Book of 2014- YALSA 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults "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 turns painful and heartbreaking-but it’s an important one." —Entertainment Weekly “Andy comes home from the war in Iraq honored for his service, and haunted by it.  The war still goes on inside of him and threatens to make Hayley another causality. Laurie Halse Anderson is one of the best known writers of literature for young adults and children in the world. ” —Scott Simon, NPR Weekend Edition “Laurie Halse Anderson has been lauded and awarded for her ability to channel the teenage mind (and heart) dealing with tough issues. In The Impossible Knife of Memory, she takes on PTSD through the story of a girl coping with her troubled veteran dad.” —Family Circle "At turns heartbreaking, at turns funny, the narrative in this book is so spot on I wanted to give Hayley my phone number so she would have a friend in times of crisis.  Seriously—does ANYONE write troubled teen characters with the realism, grace, and soul of Laurie Halse Anderson?" —Jodi Pi
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