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The Impossible Knife of Memory

The Impossible Knife of MemoryThe Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really had some issues with the ending of this book. The story just tied up really nicely, with a bow on top, and felt – I know – that someone living with a parent who has war-related PTSD would need therapy of their own to cope with what they had had to put up with.
I think that the PTSD itself was realistically portrayed, although my husband couldn’t read this book at all – whether he thought it was unrealistic or too realistic I don’t know.
Anyways, the trauma and having to grow-up and be the adult before time is the main idea of this novel, I guess. No teenager should have to be their parent’s parent, not for an alcoholic, or a PTSD sufferer, or some other illness. And having to be in that situation without any real understanding of the world can suck. And it does suck in this book. Big time. I wish that we’d got to know the ‘step-mom’ character a little better. She seemed like she might actually have her head screwed on properly, if given a chance – which she wasn’t.
And the other message is – this, too, shall pass.

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One comment on “The Impossible Knife of Memory

  1. Sounds like quite an intense read. Like you say, the effects of even being around PTSD shouldn’t be underestimated. Still, sounds like an interesting book!

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