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THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult

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With an insightful and humorous voice, Anderson effectively depicts a family torn apart by war and alcoholism in this deeply moving story. Hayley’s personal growth through her relationships is apparent, despite the rushed nature of her struggles. A troubling topic tackled in a beautiful and inspiring way.

After five years on the road, Hayley and her father have returned to their hometown so that she can finish high school. But the demons of war still haunt her father, an alcoholic and a victim of PTSD. Determined to single-handedly pull her life together, Hayley doesn’t expect her relationship with Finn. Smart, witty and weirdly attractive, he brings her dormant heart to life as they struggle to mend their broken families. (VIKING, Jan., 400 pp., $18.99, ISBN: 9780670012091, HC, 12 & Up)

Reviewed By: Kelly Brennan

Publisher: VIKING

Published: January 2014

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