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For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.
Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.
I chose this book for January because, encase you didn't know, it is the second choice in Tumblr's Reblog Book Club. The first was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and because it was such a success, the site has decided to run the event again which encourages readers to discuss the book, creatively express their feelings and ask questions to the author. Also, Laurie has an impressive selection of popular releases under her belt including Speak and Wintergirls, two contemporary stories that deal with sensitive issues. I really want to read these soon too!