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Goodreads description: 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.
Now it’s no secret that I love Laurie Halse Anderson. I’ve read Speak & Catalyst by her and loved them! Now If you haven’t read her books before she writes about very hard hitting subjects. This novel is all about PTSD. The whole time reading book I was literally cringing. Now I’ve never dealt with PTSD before but while reading this book I felt like I was there.
I felt so deeply for Hayley nd her struggles. She wanted to help her dad but she didn’t want to lose him either. Hayley is such a complex character that even after finishing this book I still feel like I don’t know her. I enjoyed Finn and the distraction he provided Hayley with. By that I mean I’m glad he is in her life, without him I feel Hayley would be lost. Now it’s very easy to point fingers at Hayley’s Dad and scream ‘Get help!’ but you can’t. He went through a lot in the war, more than any of us could imagine and the struggle with PTSD is a daily reminder of those struggles.
Another amazing book for Anderson. I enjoy reading her books but I feel like I need a burst of sunshine after this one.
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