The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The issue of PTSD can be scary and confusing for adults and children, but for Hayley it is part of the daily struggle to survive with her father, a vet who struggles to deal with his past and the horrors or war. Hayley is a teenage girl who has lived through tremendous hardship and loss, and her life revolves around caring for her ill father. Alcohol, drugs and violence are a daily occurrence in her unpredictable world. Laurie Halse Anderson is a gifted author who connects with young adult readers through her gritty and honest portrayal of characters. The author reminds us that many teens are facing very real and difficult struggles, and she reminds us that our connection to others is essential, and that sometimes that connection can be fragile, but incredibly necessary. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand more about the challenges of PTSD and the struggle to care for someone who is overwhelmed by their past.
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