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"The Impossible Knife of Memory" by Laurie Halse Anderson

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  • Life at home gets rough when Hayley struggles to manage school work and help support Andy, her father, with PTSD.
  • Hayley and her old friend, Gracie, reunite and they both become friends with Finn.
  • Hayley's step-mom, Trish, tries to get back in the picture by attempting to resolve problems and relieve Hayley's stress. However, Hayley does not trust her and only becomes more worried about her father.
  • Hayley convinces Finn to take a day to visit his dream college. This influences Finn to apply to Swevenbury and he becomes determined to be accepted.
  • Gracie looks to Hayley for advice when she becomes stuck in the middle of her parents' divorce. Hayley trusts her more after Gracie opens up to her.
  • Hayley saves her dad from his attempt at suicide at the quarry. This results in Andy going to rehab. All problems get sorted out and Trish officially becomes part of the family again
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