Title: The Impossible Knife of Memory
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Viking Books
Publication: January 7th 2014
Cover Rating: 5/5
I am a fan of Laurie Halse Anderson. I have read Speak and Wintergirls by her and loved them. I was excited to be able to read this. I didn't know what this book was about when I started to read it. I knew it was by Laurie and that’s all I needed to know to read it. Her books are emotional and this one is no different.
Throughout the whole book there was an underlying film of sadness. As the book went on, it got worse. This is one of those emotional reads that sucks you in until you finish.
We follow Hayley, a daughter of a Captain. Her dad got really messed up with the tours that he served. From what he saw and what happened to him. Hayley is left to pick up the pieces of her broken father. He drinks and smokes weed and she has to deal with all of that while going to school. She does all she can to help him, but she loses pieces of herself along the way trying to help her father.
This book showed you how someone can suffer from what they witnessed in war and that injuries can make it worse. We got to see how not only can war effect the person that went, but also their family members trying to help through what they had to see.
This book helps you understand the struggles that our soldiers go through just to keep the country safe. How badly it can mess them up and mess up a family.
If you want an emotional read that deals with the struggles of a soldier and his family, this book is for you.
Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.