The Impossible Knife of Memory – Laurie Halse Anderson

The Impossible Knife of Memory

By Laurie Halse Anderson

Genre: YA Fiction

Reading  Level: Medium

Pages: 391

Review: 4 / 5


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 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 (“Goodreads“).


This is one of those reviews where I am not 100% certain where I should start.

I liked it. I really, honestly, did. But I didn’t love it – it didn’t fill me with the OH-MY-GOD feels that so many other books has been doing recently, and I think that’s partly why I feel a little meh – I’ve been reading to many good books.

That being said, I did like this book.

The Impossible Knife of Memory cover image.
The Impossible Knife of Memory cover image.

The main character, Hayley, is a little annoying. Correction, she is really annoying. In the beginning, you don’t really understand her – you’re just more or less frustrated with her, and the unbelievable level of her self-involvement. But the more you read about her, the more you understand why she is how she is, and you’re almost forced to feel sympathetic towards her.

Which is just a great thing that author has accomplished – it’s a wonderful thing when the author makes you feel things for an person that you initially hated. We don’t like static characters.

The plot in itself was quite original, but not exactly Graceling material. Some of it is recognizable, but not to the point where it is like, I-have-read-this-1000000000-times-before.

Finn is just gorgeous, by the way. He’s the kind of guy that everyone wants in their life, and without him, this book would have been utterly awful – he literally, makes the book worthwhile.

So, if you read the book, good for you! If you don’t, that’s okay too.

Anyway… have a great day!



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