Monday, 19 May 2014

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

I sobbed all the way through The Impossible Knife of Memory. Laurie Halse Anderson is an amazing American YA author who brought wonderful books like Speak and Wintergirls to teens. Her latest novel is just as moving. Hayley looks after her father who has returned from the Iraq war. He suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, but will not face his own troubles. Hayley is in trouble at school – somehow essays don’t mean as much as they should when you are trying to keep your father alive and functioning. She meets Finn who changes the way she sees the world – but does she have time for anyone else in the strange life she lives? Highly complex, intense and some of the strongest character writing around.

- Celia


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