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The Impossible Knife of Memory

de Laurie Halse Anderson

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"Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a "normal" life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives"--
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As usual, excellent writing and great plot pacing but I really disliked the main character Hayley and how she treats people around her. Personally, I'm tired of MCs who sees everyone as 'zombies and freaks' and simplifies all people around them because their personal problems apparently eclipse how they should treat other human beings.

Also, I HATED that Hayley pretty much saw all other female characters other than her friend as bimbos and trash and hookers. A lot of unchallenged-in-narrative internalized misogyny from an author who is usually better than that. I won't comment on the treatment of PTSD/trauma because I don't have any personal authority on that issue and won't pretend to.

Still, three stars it is. Not a wholly bad book, just not what I was looking forward to.

Edit: I think Khanh's review hit it square on the head re: all the problems I have with this book, even if her review is a star lower than mine. ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
A gripping look at a vet's postwar PTSD from the eyes of his teenage daughter. Anderson's voice is raw and honest, which is why she is my favorite YA author. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
This book would be a lot better if she'd hire someone who could EDIT! All the mistakes were irritating. If she'd given me a galley to proof, I would have done it for free. ( )
  lasvegasbookie | Aug 20, 2020 |
All I got for favourite quotes are Finn's awkward jokes, I'm sorry.

Speaking of Finn, he's definitely the first manic pixie dream boy I've seen. And possibly the most interesting of those to come. The repartee was appropriately witty. The charm, appropriately rakish. Even though I can't fathom why anyone in their right mind would immediately fixate on Hayley and her obnoxiously bad attitude, I think the romance was executed really well and their disagreements/difficulties within it were nuanced and realistic enough, especially for the challenges in both their lives. I'm glad it happened so early on. I needed more Finn (and Gracie, for some reason) to buoy the angst-fest.

Which totally wasn't bad, but...I don't know, I realized halfway through that I'd read this before and then had weird moments of possible deja vu all the way through, so who knows what that means.

It's veeeeery essentially Anderson: a story about an issue more than about a plot, which isn't necessarily bad - I think she always succeeds at having scenes about little-to-nothing that are still interesting and charming enough and I don't feel compelled to put the book away. Pretty, pretty writing.

But, at least for me, this book in particular sometimes just left me with a thought of "so what?" that stopped me from really getting into it. With pretty much anything else, you have a vague idea of how it'll end - they catch the bad guy, they fall in love, they stop the apocalypse, etc etc etc. Some door is shut, something ends. And with this I couldn't think of a way that it could wrap up. They move? Someone apologizes? Trish, I don't know, does something instead of vaguely existing in this moral grey area that allows Hayley to continue to be trash to her?! "It's gonna get real bad I guess and then it'll get less bad?" I wasn't invested because I didn't know where anyone was going.

And yes, okay, fine, I teared up at the climax. You got me. YOU GOT ME AGAIN, ANDERSON.

Info-dump ending of We Are On the Road to Healing was, okay, admittedly, the only way it could actually end, at least to me. And I do really like that; with any sort of trauma it's ridiculous to assume that we hit the lowest point and then are miraculously lifted back up to safety and everything is great and wonderful and happy again. Anderson handles subtlety and growth really well. But it left me without much satisfaction, which may just be more about the content than the actual writing. I'M CONFLICTED.

tl;dr: I wish Hayley would just do her homework. ( )
  Chyvalrys | Aug 5, 2020 |
I could not put this book down. I loved it! ( )
  Martha662 | Jun 27, 2020 |
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--These are men whose minds the Dead have ravished.  Memory fingers in their hair of murders...  Wilfred Owen, "Mental Cases"

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Apparently misinformed about the rumored stuff of dreams: everywhere I inquired, I was told look for blue.  Carl Phillips, "Blue"
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for my father
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His worst yesterdays played on a constant loop in his head and he couldn’t (or wouldn’t) stop paying attention to them.
I had shut the door on my memories because they hurt. Without my memories, I’d turned into one of the living dead.
We’re going to keep making memories like this, moments when we’re the only two people in the whole world. And when we get scared or lonely or confused, we’ll pull out these memories and wrap them around us and they’ll make us feel safe.
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