The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
I turned the page in Slaughterhouse Five, a forbidden book at Belmont because we were too young to read about soldiers swearing and bombs dropping and bodies blowing up and war sucking.
Hayley Kincaid knows far more about war than any teenager should. After years of living on the road as a truck driver, her father has moved them back to their hometown to try and live a more normal life. But nightmares and his past as a soldier in the war in Iraq still haunts him. Trying to get by is difficult when your father won’t go to work, drinks far more than he should, and has violent outbursts. Hayley tries to cover up what is going on in their house, but she can’t keep hiding forever. An interesting look at PTSD and the effect it has on both those who suffer from it and the people around them, this book is highly recommended.
No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
If I were honest, I’d say it only sort of gets better. That there’s always this part of you that got carved out. It’s a physical thing, I swear to God, and it’s the part that swells right before you cry. Eventually you stop hoping and start to fill it up with memories.
A darkly humorous novel that one is sure to either love or hate, this book deals with the aftermath of a murder in small town America. When Kippy Bushman starts investigating the murder of her best friend Ruth Fried, she begins to uncover the dark secrets that her friend was keeping, leading her to question whether she knew her at all. Unfortunately Kippy seems to be the only person interested in solving Ruth’s murder, as the town sheriff and other authorities thwart her at every turn. Full of quirky characters and interesting plot lines, this gripping mystery will keep you turning pages long into the night until the true murderer is revealed at last. In the end only one thing is for sure – that in this supposedly friendly town of
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This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl
We live in a world defined by its boundaries: You cannot travel faster than the speed of light. You must and will die. You cannot escape these boundaries. But the miracle and hope of human consciousness is that we can still conceive of boundlessness.
Esther (a name that can refer to either Queen Esther from the Old Testament or to a bright luminescent star) was the first name of Esther Grace Earl. Esther was a light and inspiration to all who knew her in her brief sixteen years of life. The beautifully colored pages of this book contain her journals and family photos as well as reflections by her family and friends. Esther is not someone who would want to be remembered for the terminal disease that took her life. She would want her words to live on and touch those who read them in order to change the world (or at least the people living in it). So be sure to check this book out today and let her words live on through you.