Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Impossible Knife Of Memory

I was talking with a friend of mine the other day. We began discussing books, and we couldn't understand why young adult literature is so much better than a lot of other books that are being written at this point in time. It makes no sense does it? So I decided to share my thoughts on a book written for young adults named The Impossible Knife Of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson.

The Story

Hayley's father has decided that it is time for Hayley to attend a school. That means they have to give up the life on the road they have lived. But the transition isn't necessarily easy for either of them. Hayley has to learn how to make friends in high school. And that's not easy when your dad has a few issues from the war. Her father's mental health issues are more than she knows how to deal with. But there is nothing that anyone is able to do to help him. Things finally reach a crisis point and Hayley has to act.

What I Think

I like that Hayley is an intelligent young girl. And she isn't afraid of dealing with reality. In fact she has to deal with too much on her own. But most of that is due to her father refusing to deal with his drug and alcohol abuse. I like that there are four friends that are at the center of this book, and in spite of appearances three of the four have some big family secrets. I also like how this book points out that the families of veterans often have little to no support available to them if their family member doesn't seek out help.

I read the book about the time of the shootings in Florida, and I thought of the statement made by young people "You're the adults why aren't you fixing the problem. I think that is a question Hayley might ask.

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