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For the past five years Hayley Kincain 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 Ira Now they are back in the town where he. As someone who wrote an entire research paper on the importance of YA fiction and the genius of Laurie Halse Anderson I own up to my bias The Impossible Knife of Memory captures so much of what I love about young adult contemporary and realistic fiction It possesses a witty and cynical narrator it delves into a real and painful issue and it offers a nuanced yet meaningful message of hopeHayley Kincaid divides the human race into two types of people the freaks and the zombies Her lack of faith in her fellow man makes sense she spent the past five years on the road with her father Andy a war vet who resorts to alcohol and drugs to escape his demons He decides that they should move back into his hometown and Hayley starts up at a normal high school except nothing in her life is normal Not Andy's PTSD that still plagues him and leaves him screaming in his sleep not Gracie her best friend who suffers family issues of her own and definitely not Finn the attractive nerd with a disarming smile and a host of secrets As Hayley's bond with Finn escalates she fights the memories that threaten to rise up and tear her apart again and againHayley's voice stuck out to me from the first page Smart disillusioned and laced with acid she reminded me of myself in high school with just a bit bite Anderson writes in the first person perspective of a teenager with amazing skill Adolescents and adults alike will relate to Hayley when she reflects upon the pointlessness of teenage drama when she ruminates on how the other kids at school must be so lucky to lead such blessed lives and when she refuses to put with what she finds stupid and mundane on a daily basisBut beneath all of Hayley's snide remarks lies a pain ridden emotional undercurrent Anderson's flashback snippets entrench us not only in Andy's experience as a soldier but it allows us to view Hayley's suffering too Raised without her birth mother abandoned as a child and responsible for her father than he is for her Hayley represses her trauma and deals with a ticking time bomb every day not just her father's mood swings but her own deep mental wounds In The Impossible Knife of Memory Anderson makes sense of a messy teenage mindset while still offering a flawed yet realistic ending rife with the seeds of a better futureI adored the romance between Hayley and Finn Now that I'm 18 I guess I have to say I wish I had a boyfriend like Finn in high school even though that makes me feel old their relationship supplied me with all the feelings Their snarky banter kept me entertained and their deeper conversations left me in awe of Anderson's character development Neither of them are perfect and their relationship isn't all roses and rainbows but in the end the trials and tribulations make it all the worthwhileHighly recommended to fans of Laurie Halse Anderson and young adult realistic or contemporary fiction as well as those interested in a book that deals with PTSD Anderson has set the bar high for 2014 and I can only hope that other authors live up to the challengereview cross posted on my blog the uiet voice Peytons Ride (Riding With The Hunt, escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Ira Now they are back in the town where he. 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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. I've hit a bit of a rough patch with books For the past month many of the books I've read have been kind of okay lame or just confusing At least two books this month I've been unsure of whether I liked them or didn't because they had issues but had beauty This is another book that I'm not sure if I liked but know that I didn't hate Like with all of Laurie Halse Anderson's books The Impossible Knife of Memory explores a tricky subject that in some hands could be easily botched The subject of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Hayley's dad is a veteran and his years of war scarred him mentally and emotionally He struggles with fear stress and definitely trauma making home a scary and unhappy place for Hayley Hayley of course has to go through the book to find herself grow up and regain her memory Let's break this down into two groups Like vs Dislike Like Beautiful writing Anderson's words flow her pacing is perfect and the writing is hooking Everytime I read one of her books I'm blown away just by the word choosing talent Hayley's Dad I know he's probably not a popular character but I liked him and had compassion on him so than Hayley I'm sorry to say Not knowing a whole lot about PTSD I can't say whether or not he was an accurate portrayal Trish Sorry but I thought she made sense And I liked her If I'd been her I probably would've run out of that place too I don't blame her and Hayley's pure hatred of her irritated me Dislike Hayley It's always an unfortunate thing when you dislike the protagonist Hayley was just angry and hated everyone Yes teens have crappy attitudes Yes she had home issues I get all that I just couldn't relate to her because she was so over the top mad and judgmental of every human being Also I don't think that it's too unrealistic to have a teen protagonist who doesn't hate everything and can actually have a positive attitude I mean we exist Waves hand I don't hate everything Finn Yes another main character I didn't like much I just didn't buy him He didn't seem like a very realistic character and there's no discernible reason for why he likes Hayley so much He just shows up one day and then doesn't stop There didn't seem to be a whole lot of substance in that relationship The memory part of this book I' m not sure what Anderson was trying to do with this aspect of the book Hayley doesn't have any memories from her childhood She's blocked it out and refuses to remember anything Sometimes a little memory will come up and she'll push it away by a complex pattern of breathing and distracting herself It wasn't clear why she was doing this and it never added to the story I'd say it was of a distraction from the meat of the plot Sadly the dislike outweighed the like in this review but the book wasn't a complete waste It was still well written and I like what Anderson does for the teen genre with her heavies topics Tanduk Menjangan Merah 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. I've hit a bit of a rough patch with books For the past month many of the books I've read have been kind of okay lame or just confusing At least two books this month I've been unsure of whether I liked them or didn't because they had issues but had beauty This is another book that I'm not sure if I liked but know that I didn't hate Like with all of Laurie Halse Anderson's books The Impossible Knife of Memory Kingdom Cult of Self explores a tricky subject that in some hands could be A Killers Christmas in Wales (Penny Brannigan Mystery easily botched The subject of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Hayley's dad is a veteran and his years of war scarred him mentally and Mistress Mashams Repose emotionally He struggles with fear stress and definitely trauma making home a scary and unhappy place for Hayley Hayley of course has to go through the book to find herself grow up and regain her memory Let's break this down into two groups Like vs Dislike Like Beautiful writing Anderson's words flow her pacing is perfect and the writing is hooking Everytime I read one of her books I'm blown away just by the word choosing talent Hayley's Dad I know he's probably not a popular character but I liked him and had compassion on him so than Hayley I'm sorry to say Not knowing a whole lot about PTSD I can't say whether or not he was an accurate portrayal Trish Sorry but I thought she made sense And I liked her If I'd been her I probably would've run out of that place too I don't blame her and Hayley's pure hatred of her irritated me Dislike Hayley It's always an unfortunate thing when you dislike the protagonist Hayley was just angry and hated Clementine Rose and the Famous Friend (Clementine Rose, everyone Yes teens have crappy attitudes Yes she had home issues I get all that I just couldn't relate to her because she was so over the top mad and judgmental of Six Degrees every human being Also I don't think that it's too unrealistic to have a teen protagonist who doesn't hate Peytons Ride (Riding With The Hunt, everything and can actually have a positive attitude I mean we Genesis (Elemental Enmity, exist Waves hand I don't hate Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures (Zamonia, everything Finn Yes another main character I didn't like much I just didn't buy him He didn't seem like a very realistic character and there's no discernible reason for why he likes Hayley so much He just shows up one day and then doesn't stop There didn't seem to be a whole lot of substance in that relationship The memory part of this book I' m not sure what Anderson was trying to do with this aspect of the book Hayley doesn't have any memories from her childhood She's blocked it out and refuses to remember anything Sometimes a little memory will come up and she'll push it away by a complex pattern of breathing and distracting herself It wasn't clear why she was doing this and it never added to the story I'd say it was of a distraction from the meat of the plot Sadly the dislike outweighed the like in this review but the book wasn't a complete waste It was still well written and I like what Anderson does for the teen genre with her heavies topics

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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. Can I just say that Laurie Halse Anderson is the best Actually don’t answer that because I don’t care what you think because she just is the best and I refuse to argue that point The Impossible Knife of Memory is my third Laurie Halse Anderson read and also my favorite For those who are curious the other two were Speak and Catalyst The Impossible Knife of Memory is dark hilarious oh so uotable and has a truly amazing shipRead the full review at A Reader of Fictions Kamikaze even have a relationship with Finn the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own Will. Can I just say that Laurie Halse Anderson is the best Actually don’t answer that because I don’t care what you think because she just is the best and I refuse to argue that point The Impossible Knife of Memory is my third Laurie Halse Anderson read and also my favorite For those who are curious the other two were Speak and Catalyst The Impossible Knife of Memory is dark hilarious oh so uotable and has a truly amazing shipRead the full review at A Reader of Fictions


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  1. says:

    This is not a bad book by any means but it left me uite emotionless despite the gravity of the situation that it portrayed I think a lot of people will enjoy this book; clearly from the high ratings of this book a lot of people have It just didn't work for meI feel like this book sanitizes PTSD into a very clean depiction For me this book is not dark It did not feel depressing It was not emotionally wracking This book portrayed PTSD through a very clean filtered lens a textbook description of bipolar disorder and manic depression as a symptom of PTSD rather than anything truly heart wrenching To top it off it was told through the narrative of a stereotypically annoying and tough teenaged girl with whom I found hard to relateThis book is about PTSD I know about PTSD My father uncles and many of his friends fought in the Vietnam war He still wakes up in the middle of the night from his nightmaresHe's the tall gawky one The camera awkwardness is genetic Thanks dadMy father has seen friends killed in combat He himself has killed enemy soldiers He's buried his brother in law he's seen his beloved older sister commit suicide because she couldn't live without her soldier husband Trust me I know about PTSDThis is a very personal subject for me and that is why I read this book I wanted this book to make me feel emotionally broken I wanted so badly to love the main character to sympathize with her To an extent I do her situation is extremely grave and it left me feeling very worried for her at times but I just couldn't relate to her The book did not make my heart ache for a single beat I never felt the slightest tingle of tears behind my eyes It did not left me broken in the least No this is not a bad book but it did not emotionally connect with meHailey is our main character She is a surly sullen teenager She hates everyone everything She is the trope of an angry teenager and while it is understandable it doesn't really make her a character that I like For an overwhelming part of the book I had an intense dislike of HaileyI know that teenagers are not perfect I know that they need time to mature Trust me I was your stereotypical teenager myself but that doesn't mean you would like me when you met me and it doesn't mean that I like the character that Hailey is within this book I understand that not all characters are likeable but they need to be sympathetic For someone whose home situation is so grave I could not find within myself the sympathy I should have had for Hailey due to the overwhelming amount of apathy that is her personalityHailey puts all her peers into two categories She is terribly closed minded She labels people Everyone is either a freak or a zombie There are two kinds of people in this world1 zombies2 freaksOnly two Anyone who tells you different is lying That person is a lying zombie Do not listen to zombies Run for your freaking lifeAnother lesson everyone is born a freak She hates authority figure All adults are out to get her My math teacher had a vendetta against me and as proof I offer the fact that I had not been told about Wednesday’s test Hailey flaunts the rules She rebels in the dumbest ways All of my answers were drawings of ard unicorns Five minutes before the period ended the principal’s voice lectured the entire school about how badly we’d screwed up last week’s lockdown drill I drew a bomb attached to a ticking clock under one of the unicorns I found it so hard to get into the book because so much of the book felt like Hailey's character was an overinflation of an angry teenaged character with whom we were supposed to relate with whom we were supposed to sympathize if not like We are supposed to gradually fall in love with Hailey I never got past the hate stage myselfPart of the reason why she's so angry is because her situation at home is far less than ideal Her father is a veteran and suffers from PTSD On a good day he is smiling laughing he can talk to his friends he can pretend to be normalOn a typical day her father can barely move Another lie I leaned my forehead against the door “Did you even try to get out the door? Did you get dressed? Take a shower?”“I’ll try harder tomorrow princess I promise” On a bad day He grabbed the front of my sweatshirt I gasped His jaw was clenched tight The bonfire danced in his eyes I had to say something to calm him down but he looked so far gone I wasn’t sure he’d hear me He tightened his grip pulling me up on my tiptoes His free hand was balled into a fist He had never hit me before not onceI braced myself Hailey has an ally at school a boy called Finn who is unexpectedly overbearing He follows her around he forces her to write for the school paper I was pretty sick of Finn by the first 25% of the book to be honest Finn is one of those guys who just do not take no for an answer Not in a sexual way but in an pervasive way Finn never gives up He is like the albatross around your neck He slowly grows on Hailey and I have to admit that Finn grew on me pretty uickly after I got over my initial bad impression of him “I really like you Hayley Kincain I want to be with you as much as I can I get that it’s weird at your house scary maybe and your dad can be a jerk You don’t have to tell me about it if you don’t want to but it kills me because you are so beautiful and smart and awesome and I don’t want anything to be scary for you I just want—” The thing is that their romance is so fast so clean it feels so forced It is too perfect I don't understand why Finn chooses to be with Hailey I don't know why he zones in on Hailey to be his girlfriend because make no mistake he absolutely has his eyes on Hailey since we first meet him I don't understand it Hailey is not a likeable character when we first meet her and the fact that Finn so overwhelmingly likes her from the start is so completely unrealistic Their romance is very sweet but not at all believableThe book does not portray teenagers in a way that I found realistic I am not so far from high school that I do not remember it and the high schoolers in this book were or less high school YA tropes with the angry boys and the flirty giggly teen girls And then there is the terrible sad attempt at text speak in a text message Sigh I send texts I know teenagers who sends texts There is not a single teenager I know who sends texts like these he wnts 2 no if yr gayyeswtf??????????rilly????want to go out with me????chill im not gay???? r u shuryou’re not my type Gwats yr typ?people who can spellfin sez he kn spl Several pages of this It made my head hurt so muchThis book tries to depict PTSD sensitively and realistically but I think it is too whitewashed to be emotionally believable This is not a bad book but as an emotional depiction of PTSD it fails


  2. says:

    As someone who wrote an entire research paper on the importance of YA fiction and the genius of Laurie Halse Anderson I own up to my bias The Impossible Knife of Memory captures so much of what I love about young adult contemporary and realistic fiction It possesses a witty and cynical narrator it delves into a real and painful issue and it offers a nuanced yet meaningful message of hopeHayley Kincaid divides the human race into two types of people the freaks and the zombies Her lack of faith in her fellow man makes sense she spent the past five years on the road with her father Andy a war vet who resorts to alcohol and drugs to escape his demons He decides that they should move back into his hometown and Hayley starts up at a normal high school except nothing in her life is normal Not Andy's PTSD that still plagues him and leaves him screaming in his sleep not Gracie her best friend who suffers family issues of her own and definitely not Finn the attractive nerd with a disarming smile and a host of secrets As Hayley's bond with Finn escalates she fights the memories that threaten to rise up and tear her apart again and againHayley's voice stuck out to me from the first page Smart disillusioned and laced with acid she reminded me of myself in high school with just a bit bite Anderson writes in the first person perspective of a teenager with amazing skill Adolescents and adults alike will relate to Hayley when she reflects upon the pointlessness of teenage drama when she ruminates on how the other kids at school must be so lucky to lead such blessed lives and when she refuses to put with what she finds stupid and mundane on a daily basisBut beneath all of Hayley's snide remarks lies a pain ridden emotional undercurrent Anderson's flashback snippets entrench us not only in Andy's experience as a soldier but it allows us to view Hayley's suffering too Raised without her birth mother abandoned as a child and responsible for her father than he is for her Hayley represses her trauma and deals with a ticking time bomb every day not just her father's mood swings but her own deep mental wounds In The Impossible Knife of Memory Anderson makes sense of a messy teenage mindset while still offering a flawed yet realistic ending rife with the seeds of a better futureI adored the romance between Hayley and Finn Now that I'm 18 I guess I have to say I wish I had a boyfriend like Finn in high school even though that makes me feel old their relationship supplied me with all the feelings Their snarky banter kept me entertained and their deeper conversations left me in awe of Anderson's character development Neither of them are perfect and their relationship isn't all roses and rainbows but in the end the trials and tribulations make it all the worthwhileHighly recommended to fans of Laurie Halse Anderson and young adult realistic or contemporary fiction as well as those interested in a book that deals with PTSD Anderson has set the bar high for 2014 and I can only hope that other authors live up to the challengereview cross posted on my blog the uiet voice


  3. says:

    What even was that cheesy ending oh my god Haley believes there are only two kinds of people in the world freaks and zombies Everyone is a freak until they hit high school where the zombification process sets in Haley lives with her father a war veteran with severe PTSD and struggles with the responsibility of having to practically care for him whenever he drinks too much or wakes up in the middle of the night screaming She disregards school and the zombies within believing that it's all useless anyway since her life is going nowhere as long as she has to take care of her dad But life has a way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it and in Haley's case it's with the surprise friendship of Finn a persistent teasing boy and the arrival of Trish her father's ex girlfriend Not being a fan of Anderson's popular novel Speak I went into this one with slight wariness So where to start? Shall I begin with the unlikeable utterly flat and irritating characters? Or perhaps the long drawn out story with needless drama that could have been written in under 200 pages instead of nearly 400? Let's do characters as that's always fun Haley spends the entirety of her narrative spewing nothing but her pretentious hipster I'm better than everyone else because I'm difereeeennnt bullshit She judges anyone who isn't her closest friend and seems to think her situation is worse than anyone else's despite never actually looking at other people other than to sneer at their zombie ness Yes she has to take care of her mentally unstable father who certainly can't take care of himself But does that give you the right to curl your lip at anyone who appears slightly against your super special credentials? Ooh she's wearing makeup and a miniskirt she must be a stupid bitch Ooh a teacher gave me an F for a test I didn't even do they must be out to get me Ooh he plays sports so he must be a dumb jock Zombie zombie zombie 'pretending at life' zombie zombie Everyone has problems Everyone is dealing with their own shit and emotional drama not just you This is not a good message to be sending people through this book For a teenager it's hard to believe you're not alone It's hard to believe someone else is having the same problems and that people are able to help you What the book should have done was shown that you can't judge people by their appearance If you get to know someone oh hey they have depression Oh hey they have abusive parents Oh hey one of their loved ones just died Haley immediately labels everyone a mindless zombie and sticks her nose up at other teenagers especially girls Because oooh all other girls are obsessed with boys while I read books and don't wear makeup I'm so fucking special The only reason Haley didn't classify her friend Gracie as a 'zombie' too was because she knew her She knew Gracie's parents fought all the time and were getting a divorce and that she was taking it hard If Haley had not known Gracie she would have thought she was just another zombie with a perfect boyfriend and a perfect family because god forbid someone else have family issues besides Haley She also immediately assumed Finn had perfect parents even though she knew nothing about him Speaking of Finn let's talk about this love interest shall we? Finn is a contradiction On one hand he's a math nerd that makes hilarious calculus sex puns On the other hand he was a star swimmer with dozens of young girls lusting after him Young girls that Haley called 'baby zombie bitches' for wearing high heels in school I myself don't understand the appeal of wearing high heels to school but come on Bitches? What did they ever do to you Haley?There are times I admit he was cute and sweet But for the majority of the novel he was pushy and couldn't keep his fucking dick in his pants In one scene that made me seethe with anger for hours after I had read it Haley is talking to Finn but he's not listening because he's entranced by the sight of a girl in a miniskirt When his fucking girlfriend is not two feet away from himHe doesn't even acknowledge how rude that was not only for Haley but for openly and unabashedly staring at the girl in the skirt's butt And Haley being the judgmental little cock she is gets angry at the girl Instead of at her stupid overly horny boyfriend who can't seem to think straight when the first girl in a short skirt comes trotting by This scene is wrong in so many ways;It is seen as okay for Finn to ogle another girl despite his girlfriend being right there and then Haley blames the girl who has no fault in this situation It's not the girl's fault that Finn can't keep it in his pants Or as Gracie's boyfriend remarks He's thinking with his other brain at the moment Instead of getting angry at Finn she looks towards the girl to blame because shit that girl wore a skirt in winter and made my boyfriend stop paying attention to me I want to claw her face off This is not a good message to be sending I'm ashamed of Anderson Her book Speak sent the message to speak for yourself and your basic human rights and not let people take advantage of you This book says to judge and to not get to know people before you make unfair assumptions against themOther characters like Gracie and Trish who Haley hates for some unknown reason that she never fully explains didn't interest me or make me feel emotional at all The only bad thing against Trish was that she was a drunk and she walked out on Haley and her dad But I can't really blame her because Haley's father did nothing but drink as well and fight with Trish even though Trish was basically who raised Haley and was kind to her for most of her life At least Trish got rid of her drinking problem Don't call Trish the drunk when your own father passes out after five bottles of beer almost every night Trish seemed to just be put in for unnecessary 'woman on woman hate' I don't have much experience with PTSD so I can't really analyze Haley's father's character It was slightly interesting to see the effects of a war has on a person but unfortunately the book was too drawn out and fairly boring for the most part Haley did nothing but angrily brood all the time and the ending was unbearably cheesy and happy


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    On April 20 1999 I was a senior in high school My friends and I had returned from lunch and I was sitting in Chemistry class My teacher got a phone call and said there'd been a shooting in Colorado and she was going to turn on the news on the TV We were in mountain time zone so we watched live from our classroom as kids jumped out of the windows of their classrooms two states away in Columbine The next day we came to school we were all a little spooked At about 10 am I was in Sra Owens' Spanish class when someone pulled the fire alarm Everyone froze the intercom told us all to go outside As students streamed out of the school it was eerily like what we'd seen the day before and I did not handle it well as it felt like we were all waiting for gunshots to start going off Nothing happened and we all went back to our classrooms I was still shaking The school announced an apology and that any student wishing to check out for the rest of the day could have an excused absence I had never skipped school but not much learning would have happened that day So I think back to the world that I grew up in My world as a teenager no cell phones no internet no email no porn no regular school shootings Our fathers were young enough that they'd never been drafted or fought in a war with rare exception there were some older dads out there There were some families dealing with divorce but not very many The economy was booming and from all respects we were taught that all we had to do was get a college education and we'd be set for life I even remember gas being 96 cents and unemployment being so low pizza places were giving out signing bonuses for hiring on Fast forward to today I hear a lot of complaints about kids these days They are lazy good for nothing self centered mooches No ambition no working hard no nothing But have you ever put yourselves in their shoes? I mean sure I read YA but this piece of realistic fiction is a pretty good slice of life if you want to be educated Because what do today's kids have to survive?Social lives on the internet cyber bullying stalking viral pictures kids' sexual assault is excused of as a prank terrorist drills at school PTSD parents at home and broken families than I remember there being 15 years ago And kids going to college have no guarantee they'll be able to find a job at all This book isn't about ALL of that but just trying to imagine itHow do you look forward to the future? Where is there hope?This book is about Hayley whose single parent father is suffering from PTSD from IraAfghanistan She's attempting to reintegrate into school after 8 years of 'unshchooling' homeschool on the road with her dad Things are getting worse at home There is a cute boy She has one best friend whose family life is falling apart In a strange way this book reminded me of How Children Succeed by Paul Tough Because if we want to help those around us succeed we need to take a hard look at what types of intervention can lessen the trauma in their life The highest indicator of failure in life isn't poverty it's trauma I literally couldn't put this book down Started reading at midnight At 430 am closed the book a new person; compassionate and understanding Read this book So excited to get an ARC from Penguin First Reads LHAnderson is amazing Although her YA works are popular they are far from filler Looking forward to some good YA literature it's been a while


  5. says:

    See reviews at YA Midnight ReadsAt first I thought I was a black sheep Most of my friends loved this book cried over it still in a book hangover just thinking of this novel But a few days upon finishing The Impossible Knife of Memory I took a uick peek at the ratings on Goodreads I won't say that the ratings were distributed evenly all the way but it seems that uite a number were just as disappointed as I wasThe Impossible Knife of Memory started off really well Fantastically even I thought I'd like Hayley with her snarky and witty comebacks She struggled at keeping her thoughts capped off in her head used to be homeschooled by her father All these things were signs of a promising protagonist Then the I read the less enthusiastic I got about her She's prejudiced She categorises people She deems that there are only zombies and freaks that walk the Earth She's always always angry She's brooding The synopsis tells me that Hayley is still fighting demons of her own But this doesn't mean she can be all those things I aforementioned Her character felt awfully forced and unrealistic One minute she's rebelling against the teachers next minute she's labelling strangers that walk by on the sidewalk I could barely handle it Before I start blubbering out my ualms on the romance I'll say it the romance was cute It felt realistic at times There was banter There were arguments None of that filler in pointless drama crap Real problems Finn and Hayley had to work through them together I liked that I liked the portrayal Yet taking a step back in my view there are flaws The romance was out of the blue One day there's suddenly focus on Finn and for an unexplained and unclear reason he decides that he wants to be with Hayley He just out of the blue probably thought Hey moody girl I want her to be my girlfriend Like seriously despite it's cuteness I didn't see the chemistry or why and how it happened in the first place I haven't a lot of knowledge on PTSD Apparently Hayley's father has PTSD I've only read one or two books on PTSD but I don't recall it being this 'neat' And by neat I mean like the harshness and details were glazed over I guess part of the reason was because the main character didn't have PTSD but I still felt rather distant from the fact that there was a character who had PTSD Hayley's father could have easily been labelled as a drunk or someone with Multiple Personality Disorder instead My last other complaint I'd like to raise is the txt spk who tlkz lyk dis ocer txt? imma juz ganz tlkz lyk dis 4 der rzt o der prgrph cuz imz soooooo kool Aaaaand I'll stop now because that's just plain hard to type I am a teenager I have teenage friends NONE of them text like that In fact the worst we do is have the occasional typo or grammatical misuse There's also something called autocorrect Most phones have this function Unfortunately The Impossible Knife of Memory was not my cup of tea The characters romance and way the author dealt with PTSD just did not sit well for me even though many others loved this book I still recommend people to give this a try because Anderson can put words together like poetry with her eyes closed Thank you Text Publishing for sending me this copy


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    Can I just say that Laurie Halse Anderson is the best? Actually don’t answer that because I don’t care what you think because she just is the best and I refuse to argue that point The Impossible Knife of Memory is my third Laurie Halse Anderson read and also my favorite For those who are curious the other two were Speak and Catalyst The Impossible Knife of Memory is dark hilarious oh so uotable and has a truly amazing shipRead the full review at A Reader of Fictions


  7. says:

    Edit 22819 Even better the third time OOPS I got home from a house party at 4 AM new years after enduring a stressful travel day and a 6 hour plane ride from hell and I should've been asleep by 8 but instead I binge read this until 1 AM ^ yes The Impossible Knife of Memory is that freaking goodIf it's even possible I think this was better the second time around I love Laurie Halse Anderson Speak is another one of my favorite novels Her writing style is uniue poetic and omg she has such a fantastic wit Mommm I want wit How do I obtain wit Hayley is so cool blue hair um holy freaking yes and Finn is sigh Finn It was as if Anderson knew I am weak for boys who wear eyeliner Feeds my non existent ginger soul After I am finished shopping books from my at home personal library help me im poor I'm gonna purchase Wintergirls Catalyst and go hog wild HEART EYES Can't wait to re read this again in 2019 when I forget what it's about and experience the magic all over again


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    I've hit a bit of a rough patch with books For the past month many of the books I've read have been kind of okay lame or just confusing At least two books this month I've been unsure of whether I liked them or didn't because they had issues but had beauty This is another book that I'm not sure if I liked but know that I didn't hate Like with all of Laurie Halse Anderson's books The Impossible Knife of Memory explores a tricky subject that in some hands could be easily botched The subject of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Hayley's dad is a veteran and his years of war scarred him mentally and emotionally He struggles with fear stress and definitely trauma making home a scary and unhappy place for Hayley Hayley of course has to go through the book to find herself grow up and regain her memory Let's break this down into two groups Like vs Dislike Like Beautiful writing Anderson's words flow her pacing is perfect and the writing is hooking Everytime I read one of her books I'm blown away just by the word choosing talent Hayley's Dad I know he's probably not a popular character but I liked him and had compassion on him so than Hayley I'm sorry to say Not knowing a whole lot about PTSD I can't say whether or not he was an accurate portrayal Trish Sorry but I thought she made sense And I liked her If I'd been her I probably would've run out of that place too I don't blame her and Hayley's pure hatred of her irritated me Dislike Hayley It's always an unfortunate thing when you dislike the protagonist Hayley was just angry and hated everyone Yes teens have crappy attitudes Yes she had home issues I get all that I just couldn't relate to her because she was so over the top mad and judgmental of every human being Also I don't think that it's too unrealistic to have a teen protagonist who doesn't hate everything and can actually have a positive attitude I mean we exist Waves hand I don't hate everything Finn Yes another main character I didn't like much I just didn't buy him He didn't seem like a very realistic character and there's no discernible reason for why he likes Hayley so much He just shows up one day and then doesn't stop There didn't seem to be a whole lot of substance in that relationship The memory part of this book I' m not sure what Anderson was trying to do with this aspect of the book Hayley doesn't have any memories from her childhood She's blocked it out and refuses to remember anything Sometimes a little memory will come up and she'll push it away by a complex pattern of breathing and distracting herself It wasn't clear why she was doing this and it never added to the story I'd say it was of a distraction from the meat of the plot Sadly the dislike outweighed the like in this review but the book wasn't a complete waste It was still well written and I like what Anderson does for the teen genre with her heavies topics


  9. says:

    25 starsObjectively well written but there is nothing new here A cutesy romance mixed with family drama Even though some of the drama is PTSD related still the feeling of same old same old remains


  10. says:

    Laurie Halse Anderson Do I really need to say ?