So, today is the first day I'm sharing a book review on here, paired with a bookish manicure. Want more details? Check out my post yesterday.
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Published Jan 2, 2014 by Text Publishing
Source: the publisher
Rating: 4 paws
From the blurb: Hayley Kincain is hoping for a normal life now that she and her father have left their life on the road. But it seems things will never be normal when your dad is running from a past that tortures him and you’re trying to block out your own painful memories.
Then Hayley meets Finn. Perhaps she doesn’t need to work out her problems all on her own anymore. If only she’d let him in.
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson is the story of seventeen year old Hayley Rose Kincain and her father, a former soldier now living with post-traumatic stress disorder. They have spent years on the road in a truck, moving from place to place, living with his alcoholism and mood swings. But now they've settled into her grandmother’s house and she’s in senior year at Belmont High School.
Laurie Halse Anderson has such a way with words, I am always utterly absorbed by her stories and this book was no different. Hayley is such a strong girl, one who has tried to take on the role of parent. Living in such close quarters with her father has meant she’s taken on some of his troubles, she suffers from anxiety and paranoia, but she doesn’t want to seek out or accept help from anyone.
Meeting Finn Ramos is one of the highlights of this story, for Hayley and for readers. He’s a wonderful mix of adorable, intelligent, and respectful – there is just something about guys named Finn (viewers of My Mad Fat Diary will agree with me!)
This is such a sad story and one that I’m sure rings true for a lot of families. The lack of help available to returning soldiers and their families is pitiful and I’m sure it will be something governments focus on in years to come.
The Impossible Knife of Memory is a gripping tale of one girl trying to make the most out of her life while realising she's not as alone as she thought.
Thank you to the lovely people at Text Publishing for my review copy.
I really love the icy cover of this book and when I got a new textured polish I realised it was the perfect for matching nails.
I started with 1 coat of Orly La Playa on all my nails, excluding my thumb nail. Once dry I dabbed on 2 coats of China Glaze There's Snow One Like You, a white textured polish, leaving room down the middle for the crack in the ice. On my thumb nail I did 2 coats of CG There's Snow One Like You, without the blue underneath.
I'm happy with how these turned out but it's one of those manicures that makes no sense when I'm not holding the book in my hand! It was fun to try out a textured polish, I quite like the look and feel of it.