For the past several years, Hayley Kincain has traveled around the United States with her father, a military veteran trying to outrun his memories and personal demons. This year, they have settled in her father’s hometown so Hayley can finish high school. However, Hayley is more concerned with watching her father then making friends and doing well at school However, events–including a visitor from Hayley’s past–sets her life into a dangerous spin, and Hayley will have to fight to keep everything together.
Okay, I read my summary just now, and I don’t think it does the book justice. The Impossible Knife of Memory gripped me and didn’t let go. The plot is well crafted, and I loved the characters, especially Hayley and her eventual boyfriend Finn. Andersen does a really good job of developing their “personas” before revealing–for lack of a better term–their true selves. Despite not being a big fan of romance, I really liked the relationship between Finn and Hayley. They have a funny, balanced dynamic, and are deeply supportive of one another. Hayley’s relationship with her father was also very touching; Andersen was able to demonstrate the love and the pain of that relationship very well. Overall, this is a great book, and I recommend that you do not miss out.