Review: The Impossible Knife of Memory

Jan •  13 •  2014

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: The Impossible Knife of MemoryThe Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Published by Viking Juvenile on January 7, 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary, Young Adult-Realistic Fiction
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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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?

So I am stepping away from debut authors and back to authors who have already made a great name for themselves but I just have not discovered for myself. The Impossible Knife of Memory was a great read that showed what someone’s life could actually be like.

The book started off slow for me but as I was coming to a finish, I felt it needed to have a slow start so that the reader could capture everything that happening. The story was a true realistic fiction that will surely capture your heart as you turn the pages wanting to know what next. There were some bumps in the book for me, but not enough for me to put it down.

Hayley is a strong female character for me. The things she has to do for not only herself but for her dad is something I came to think about in this book and wondered if I would be able to do what she did. I feel with every chapter, we saw her grow into a more mature girl that has the capability to be great. Finn was an adorable boyfriend. He truly cared about Hayley and even though they both had their problems to deal with, he was still there for her. I think Finn is someone who everyone wishes was theirs but at the end we are happy he is with Hayley. Hayley’s dad is a person that you have to be really patient to work with. His past is something that haunts him every day and we constantly see the effects of it throughout the book. The reader only wants what is best for him but sometimes it gets to the point where it has to be a teamwork idea to make a change.

The romance in this book goes back mainly to Hayley and Finn. However, we also see Hayley’s dad and a woman named Trish come into the picture. These two relationships are what I feel bring the story together. Hayley’s dad and Trish relationship doesn’t come into play until close to the end but I feel their relationship is special. It’s one that was broken but I feel can be fixed.

Overall this was a great read that showed the life of someone through the eyes of someone else. I highly recommend this book to all and hope that you fall in love with the book as well.

I give it 4 bites!





  1. Wendy Darling
    Jan 13, 2014

    I’ve heard so many great things about this author, and I’ve seen a ton of high ratings for this book, too. For some reason I’ve been resistant to trying her out (so many “issues!”), but this latest one sounds intriguing.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  2. Candace
    Jan 15, 2014

    I haven’t read a ton of her books, but this is one I really do want to try. She seems to do a great job at creating realistic YA characters and scenarios.

  3. I haven’t read any of her books either. I’ve seen a lot of people raving about this book. I’ll have to add it to my TBR!

  4. Sarah J
    Jan 27, 2014

    I adore Halse. I need to get a copy on my hands of this. I’ve been long anticipating a new release that fits my taste for some time. I’m surprised to see there’s a romance. Halse usually strays from them and focuses on life.