“Why is This Book Called What it is?” (The Impossible Knife of Memory)

I am in the book club at my school, which is a relatively new thing. We’ve read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, More Than ThisFeed, and now The Impossible Knife of Memory. If you read the title, then you know what I’m going to write next. There seemed to be no reason as to why the book was called The Impossible Knife of Memory.

Impossible Knife of Memory
The cover from The Impossible Knife of Memory, from 2014

Haley is a senior in high school, who lives with only her dad. Her father has been diagnosed with PTSD from multiple tours of duty overseas with the army. Haley has to effectively take care of him, as he is really irresponsible, drunk, and just a bit crazy. Haley is later swept off of her feet by Finn, the perfect guy who everyone in the entire school wants to go out with. She then proceeds to continue with her spiral of complete judging of everyone who she has never met and knows nothing about.

Words cannot describe how much I strongly disliked this book in the beginning. Haley was an absolute jerk who though that she was the only one in the entire world who had any problems. Her best friend was crying in the bathroom because her parents were cheating on each other, and then Haley decided that that her friend didn’t know the real struggle.

In the end though, it got better. Haley’s dad, probably the only reason that I kept reading the book, got cooler, and Haley became less of an arrogant jerk. The only other reason that I kept reading the book was Finn, the stereotypical hot dude, who was really not that one-dimensional, and kind of funny. I like funny. So, I would give the book a higher score due to the good ending, but the beginning was so bad, I have to still give it a low score. Though, it did have a dog named Spock in it, so I’ll be awarding an extra 0.4 points for that. The Impossible Knife of Memory4.4 out of 10.

The Impossible Knife of Memory

By Laurie Halse Anderson

372 Pages

Published January 7th, 2014

4.4 out of 10 (The Fortress of Helixity), 4.02 out of 5 (Goodreads)


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