Here's the cuttingly forgetful blurby-blurb!
'For the past five years, Hayley Kincain 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.'
Because of how long it has been since I've read this book, and how unmemorable it is, there most likely won't be spoilers within, but if you're still worried about it being spoiled for you, you have been warned! :)
It's been a few months since I've read The Impossible Knife of Memory, and when I try to think back of what I read of it or even what stood out to me...not much does. I remember telling Savannah that Finn was one of my favourite guy names, and that I would totally name my (If I have one) son that. I remember all of Andy's PTSD moments in the books, and especially the campfire...but besides that I can't remember anything from it. None of the characters really stood out as memorable to me, not much of the story or plot-line is memorable. It all just kind of vanished. So that's why writing this review about it is so hard; it's not fresh in my mind anymore so there isn't much for me to say about it.
What initially REALLY drew me to this novel was the actual cover. I judge books by their cover, and I think all of us do it to a point. Pretty and gorgeous covers will always make me way more intrigued than one that is just basic looking or doesn't do the book justice, even if there are books that are completely the opposite (As with The Impossible Knife of Memory has a beautiful cover, the book is actually lacklustre, or the Australian version of The Hunger Games covers which don't do the book any justice for how great the first one was. Good covers just make it more likely that I will pick up the book to read the blurb)
The Blurb, on the other hand, is actually one of the few blurbs that are just simple and say basically what it is about. It doesn't say one or two words that are meant to incite mystery, The only part that I don't like is the stereotypical 'And there's this hot guy with this hot name who is going to change the less than hot girl's entire life because of his hotness. He obviously likes her even though he is like totes hot'.
Cover: 8 out of 10
Blurb: 5.5 out of 10
Besides the fact that I don't really remember what happens in it, there's also not really a plot summary online for it (Not even on Wikipedia!) so if memory serves me somewhat right, a lot of the story is how Hayley deals with her father's PTSD from serving in Iraq. She tries to cope with this as a teenager, who is also trying to deal with her life and boys and school. There's a bit of cute romance between her and Finn, which adds to the YA genre and lightening the story besides all the serious moments.
I'm rating this one a 4 out of 10, as I finished it and though I don't remember it, it was still entertaining to a degree.
I wish I HAD done the review fairly quickly after reading it, but sometimes life just isn't fair :P
“Can't escape pain, kiddo. Battle through it and you get stronger.”
― Laurie Halse Anderson, The Impossible Knife of Memory