The Impossible Knife of Memory

Book review by Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Stunning story about girl living with wounded vet father.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 14+

Fantastic!

I ran across this book on accident and was in a hurry to find something to read, so I just picked it up and started reading. In the beginning I was a little skeptical but just a few pages in and I couldn't put it down. This book is amazing! There's not one emotion you don't feel when you're reading this. This book should become a movie because I feel everyone should get to experience this story.

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age 15+
After years spent on the road outrunning bad memories, blue-haired teen Hayley Kincaid and her troubled, army veteran father return to their hometown in New York. Having been home-schooled for the last five years, Hayley cautiously re-enters the world of traditional learning, a repulsive realm populated by high school "zombies" (the in-crowd) and a few rebellious "freaks" like herself. Although she impresses few at first with her snarky attitude, she slowly becomes accustomed to her new life, and even gathers a handful of friends (other "freaks" like herself). In the back of her mind, though, is a fear that no teen should have to worry about: the constant, sickening fear for her father's declining mental health. While the prose lacks the gritty, lyrical beauty found in Anderson's previous novel, Wintergirls, this newest offering succeeds in painting a touching, realistic, and perilous portrait of a new era of social issues. Recommended for Ages 15-Up.

Book Details

  • Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • Publication date: January 7, 2014
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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