Title: The one memory of Flora Banks
Author: Emily Barr
Publisher + Release date: Penguin UK Children’s //
January 12th 2017
Genre: YA, Contemporary
ARC provided by NetGalley & Penguin UK Children’s in exchange for a honest review
The most unforgettable book of the year! Memento meets Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything in this breathtaking page-turner about a girl with no short-term memory and her remarkable journey, against all odds, to find the one boy able to penetrate her fractured mind.
Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.
With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway—the land of the midnight sun—determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.
What I think of it
Flora Banks is a seventeen year old girl who has suffered from short term memory loss since she was ten. She remembers people and events before then, but nothing after her brain surgery. Until the day she kisses a boy and (believe it or not) remembers.
It’s very important to know that in her head she’s still the 10 year old girl before her brain surgery. She tries to remember herself daily with notes on her hand that she’s actually 17, and not 10. She also writes what she can’t forget for that day such as meeting with friends,..
I loved the story, it’s so so different from mostly other books out here and it’s actually really interesting. From the first few pages you’d think it would be (another) romance story but it isn’t, it’s actually mistery and coming out of age. Her memory loss makes her repeat things a lot and it can get slightly annoying, however, it’s what makes it realistic.
If you enjoyed reading The curious incident of the dog in the nighttime by Mark Haddon, then I think you will like this book as well. It’s similar and as good written.
I’m hoping on a sequel, I’d love to know how Flora is doing in the future