REVIEW: ‘The Impossible Knife of Memory’

25 Sep

I recently read The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson.  As with many of the stories enjoyed by my students, The Impossible Knife of Memory is about a young person growing up in difficult circumstances.

Hayley’s father was a soldier, and suffers PTSD as a result of his combat experience.  His wartime experiences mean that has struggled, and continues to struggle, to adapt to ordinary routines and life.  While her father’s experiences inevitably complicate Hayley’s ability to have a typical adolescence, this is not her only complication.  Indeed, Hayley also struggles with her own past and, in particular her emotions towards people who looked after her when her father was abroad.  She also experiences a raft of new emotions as she makes friends and builds relationships with people at her school.

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