The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson is a young adult book about a 17 year old girl who’s father is a veteran with pretty serious ptsd. She is forced to be the parent most of the time and interestingly takes on some of his ptsd symptoms, which makes her obviously have a hard time at school and letting people get emotionally close to her, like the guy she starts dating. I’m going to level with you guys, I wanted so badly to like this book more than I actually did. There were frequent moments when beautiful literary devices came into play that really just kind of made you take a second and read it one more time and say “go you Laurie Halse Anderson.” My issue though, no surprise, was the dialog between characters as well as the inner dialog of the main character. It was all fairly unrealistic and overly witty. I honestly was insanely annoyed my the main character as well, she wasn’t likable even though she had the world on her shoulders and you are supposed to feel for her. So here is my bottom line, every thing that wasn’t inner or outer dialog was wonderful and a joy to read. If you can grit your and ignore the other stuff then it is very much so a story worth reading. 

2 thoughts on “Book 13: The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

  1. I actually read this book a couple of weeks ago… I heard so many great things about this book I was sure I’d love it… unfortantely, it didn’t live up to my expectations!!! I totally agree with everything you said in this post… I also think, that a good chunk of the book was kinda repetitive and started to get boring… but I forced myself to finish!


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