Review: ‘The One Memory of Flora Banks’ by Emily Barr

‘The One Memory of Flora Banks’ by Emily Banks

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Blurb: The most unforgettable book of the year!Memento meets Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything in thisbreathtaking 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.
A remarkable and powerful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the mind against all logic.”

Review: ‘The One Memory of Flora Banks’ by Emily Barr is one of the books I managed to get my hands on during this summers YALC 2016, but I haven’t a chance to read it until now.
When I eventually started this book, I had no idea what it was about and went in totally blind. It turned out to be a brilliantly unique reading experience!
Flora Banks has a broken memory and is living her life sheltered, with notes on her arm, her notebook and literally everywhere to get by, day by day. As the story is told from her point of view, we constantly get repetitions of what happened in previous chapters due to her reading and rereading her notes throughout the book. It also made it difficult to know what other people’s intentions were and who Flora could trust. Slowly we learn about her past, what happened to her and I just couldn’t help getting emotional while reading and cheering her on through her adventures. There are some twists that I did not see coming and i was hooked to the last page. Flora is a lovely character and she will certainly stay with me for a while! Definitely recommended!

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Expected publication: January 12th 2017 by Penguin


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