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The cover art makes this look like a bleak book about survival. It is about survival, but The Impossible Knife of Memory is vivid, hopeful, and full of life. Anderson tackles tough subjects with her usual grace, avoiding the maudlin and cutting straight to the heart.
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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.

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"It will not disappoint her legion of fans....Anderson really does know how to write a story that will resonate with teens." SLJTeen

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"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

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"As in Speak, Anderson provides a riveting study of a psychologically scarred teenager, peeling back layers of internal defenses to reveal a girl's deepest wounds." Publishers Weekly, starred review

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"In Anderson's skilled hands, readers will find a light shining on the shadowy reality of living with someone who has lived through war — and who is still at war with himself." Booklist, starred review

About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for hercontributions 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 National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book Speak and of four other much acclaimed young adult novels she and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at madwomanintheforest.com.

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Beverly B, January 27, 2014 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Impossible Knife of Memory is another emotionally honest and wrenching story featuring a smart, funny, snarky survivor. The Impossible Knife of Memory will hit home with many readers. Hayley Kincain is not a normal teen. She has spent more time trying to save her wounded vet father than she has in school or pursuing normal teen activities. She does not know how to socialize with her peers, but she knows to count the number of pills in her fathers prescription bottles and to check to make sure the guns are still in the gun safe. As much as Hayley wants a normal high school experience, she finds the other students to be shallow dolts with entitled lives. Hayley is slow to learn that no one really knows what goes on behind other families' closed doors. Although Hayley and her friends are well developed characters, the adults come across as one dimensional clichés especially the teachers and her father's friends. The end is ambiguous which is probably appropriate for a novel about mental illness, but it may disappoint some readers. Fans of Laurie Halse Anderson will be pleased. For Laurie Halse Anderson newcomers, Speak or Wintergirls may be better first choices (for older YA; Chains for younger YA).
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670012091
Author:
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Publisher:
Viking Juvenile
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Girls & Women
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20140107
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 304 pages Viking Juvenile - English 9780670012091 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The cover art makes this look like a bleak book about survival. It is about survival, but The Impossible Knife of Memory is vivid, hopeful, and full of life. Anderson tackles tough subjects with her usual grace, avoiding the maudlin and cutting straight to the heart.

"Review" by , "It will not disappoint her legion of fans....Anderson really does know how to write a story that will resonate with teens."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "As in Speak, Anderson provides a riveting study of a psychologically scarred teenager, peeling back layers of internal defenses to reveal a girl's deepest wounds."
"Review" by , "In Anderson's skilled hands, readers will find a light shining on the shadowy reality of living with someone who has lived through war — and who is still at war with himself."
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