Blogging from A to Z Challenge Diversity Reading Challenge

Bad Girls Book Club Letter I #atozchallenge The impossible knife of Memory and I am Malala

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Today’s letter is


I have 2 kick ass bad girl books to share today!

The Impossible Knife of Memory

The Impossible Knife of Memory

in which young Hayley tries to grow up while caring for a father suffering from PTSD.



I am Malala

Need I say more?

Malala spoke to me so hard I donned my salwar kameez in honor of her.


If you haven’t read I am Malala do it NOW.

You won’t regret it.


Books Young Adult

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Wow. This is SOME book!
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
There is so much going on in this book it’s difficult to know where to start. Our heroine is Hayley and her father is an Iraq war vet. Dad suffers from a MONSTER case of PTSD and isn’t able to follow through with treatment. As a result, poor Hayley’s life is a nightmare. Hayley has had to care for herself and her father in a way that only children of mentally ill or dysfunctional families can understand. The best bit about Hayley is that she has a few friends who try to get close to her. And of course, there’s a boy. Hayley’s been through a lot of crap but she also realizes that she’s not the only one who has a bad family life at home. And this knowledge helps her.
I am at times so angry with Hayley’s dad that I want to jump through the (audio) book and grab that poor kid and get her out of the situation and leave Dad to his own destruction. This is a thought provoking book that will rip your guts out.I can’t say that it’s my fave LHA book but it sure makes you think. LHA knows how to get to the meat of the issue; I’m still recovering from Speak.  LHA needs to hug a puppy or something!
I’m not sure if I should classify this as diversity. The characters are white but the mental illness issues in here are devastating. Have you read this? What did you think?
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V is for Victory #AtoZ Challenge



Come on GANG!! We’re in the home stretch and You. Can. Do. It! I have a book for you today.



Vet Volunteers by Laurie Halse Anderson


Let’s pause for the collective “awwwwwwwww”. Aren’t those kitties sweet?? And you know why I also chose this book? Look who the author is: Laurie Halse BRING YOU THE PROVOCATIVE BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVELS EVER Anderson.  You know: Speak, Twisted, Wintergirls, Fever, Chains, and Forge??

Yes, that LHA.

But now you know she writes sweets for the little ones!

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W #atozchallenge

Whew, welcome to W!


Let’s get right down to it, shall we?


Wintergirls by the prolific Laurie Halse Anderson.  This time the story is of two girls struggling with anorexia.  How does Anderson keep coming up with these provocative books??? This is for sure a MUST READ!  I’d say pair it with Donna Cooner’s Skinny.

Where she Went by Gayle Foreman is the follow up to If I Stay a love story which ultimately, ends (that’s not a spoiler is it?).  Where she went is the followup told from the male character’s perspective.  Interesting, no?  Yes.

Have you read anything by thee authors?