Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Some days it's easy for Hayley to pretend things are going okay in her life. School is full of zombies and freaks, but just the normal human teenage kind, not the horror movie kind, so that's as good as can be expected. Her dad will have actually gone to work and the two of them will eat sandwiches for dinner. The problem is that those days are getting fewer and farther between.

Hayley's dad is home from Afghanistan and he hasn't left the battle behind him. Instead it's raging in their living room and it's getting harder and harder for Hayley to figure out what to do next. When she meets Finn, the quirky school journalist who won't let go of the idea that Hayley would be a great addition to the school paper, she gets a glimpse of just how normal her life isn't.

 She refuses to let him know any of this if there's any possible way to keep him out. But Finn's got problems too and when Hayley realizes how much she'd like him to open up about them, can she continue to keep him and the rest of the world shut out?

Laurie Halse Anderson is the type of writer where you can't wait to see what she's doing next. Her books speak for themselves and if you haven't had the chance to check her out yet, you will not be sorry. She's never one to shy away from important issues and her latest book takes a long hard look at what effects PTSD can have on a family.  As usual, her characters will get under your skin and you'll find yourself flipping faster and faster through the pages to see what awaits them. This is not an easy book, but it's one that will give you a lot to think about after you've read the last page. 

I read this also as part of Tumblr's reblog book club, so here is a little fanart to hopefully further encourage you to get to know Hayley.

 


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