As I’ve said before, I am always wary of dark, raw books such as The Impossible Knife of Memory, but I don’t think I mentioned why. Mental illness has been a problem for me all of my adult life and intermittently before that, and I am so grateful that it is gaining visibility in the media and particularly in YA literature. But I have to protect myself. I almost never watch sad or violent movies or TV shows, and I do not enter lightly into the task of reading a book like this one. Because of this, I have to caution readers who are triggered by mentions of violence, death, and suicide to be very careful with Impossible Knife. Practice self care while reading, and do not feel pressured to finish the book if it is hurting you to do so.