Just thinking about this book makes my heart skip a beat. I read this book in a few hours because once I started, I was hooked. The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr is a story that will capture your heart, make you think, and prompt you to reconsider the way you look at life.
“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.”
My Experience: The One Memory of Flora Banks
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, because when I began this book on a windy beach day this month, I started it with an open mind. I quickly found myself hooked. The One Memory of Flora Banks is the story of a 17-year-old girl named Flora who has a special type of amnesia called anterograde amnesia. This means she wakes up each morning only remembering things from age 10 and before. She can’t form new memories and has no short term memory. Her fragmented mind makes life difficult without help.
Flora’s life motto is “be brave”, and she does this by going on crazy, seemingly impossible adventures that no one expects. She attacks every challenge head-on and is feisty. She has a spark unlike most characters, and an innocence that comes along with eternally forgetting that she is not 10-years old. Remembering things for only an hour or two, she constantly has to relearn her life story. This is not an easy thing to write as it does get a bit repetitive. Readers experience the inner dialogue that Flora has as she tries to navigate the world with no memory.
An Honest Review: The One Memory of Flora Banks
Having such an unreliable narrator creates immense suspense within the novel. The story is one crafted piece by piece and I constantly questioned what was really going on. While I didn’t enjoy rereading the same staple phrases that Flora repeated to herself, I think that they created much more depth by dragging the reader into the complex world that Flora exists in.
This story was compelling in every sense of the word. From the relationships Flora manages to maintain, to the things she remembers versus the things she forgets, this story is a whirlwind. I adore how the author blends an innocent, naive perspective with a brave, rebellious teenage girl. Flora is a billion people in one body.
5 Reasons to Read The One Memory of Flora Banks
- The One Memory of Flora Banks made me question the way we as a society live our lives. The author blended genres and styles together in a seamless way that creates an inner monologue asking, “Why?”. Since I turned 18, I’ve been reflecting on how I see those around me and this book has made me think about making the mundane extraordinary and cherishing daily tasks.
- I took away many important lessons and perspectives from this book. First, live in the moment and concentrate on embracing life. Second, be brave, always. Fall in love. Hold on to what’s important and be loyal.
- The relationship between Flora and her older brother, Jacob, is utter perfection. Regardless of the situations and trials that they are put through, and the fact that Flora can’t remember most of their lives together, they are loyal beyond belief and love each other much more than most siblings could ever achieve.
- This book is, unexpectedly, a thriller. I couldn’t believe the plot twists that just keep coming. Whenever you feel like you’ve figured something out, you’ll come to find out that things are in fact quite different.
- This poignant tale will, due to the nature of its content and characters, leave you in tears and in a tailspin after finishing it. I wanted to dive back into the story as soon as I turned the last page. Frustrating, exciting, compelling and thought-provoking all in one, Emily Barr manages to capture your heart and make you think all in one story.
Final Thoughts and Rating of
The One Memory of Flora Banks
★★★★☆ 4 out of 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and am really looking forward to rereading and better understanding the events of the novel. The author wrote beautifully and descriptively; consequently, I fell completely into it right alongside Flora. I loved the supporting characters, and felt burning frustration when Flora couldn’t piece together details of her life. I am hoping a sequel is written for this story because I am so intrigued by Flora, her life, and the supporting characters. The ending opened up a possibility for a sequel. Regardless, I am so happy that I got to experience Flora’s world and highly recommend this book!
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I really enjoyed getting to write this review and above all, reading this phenomenal, thrilling story!
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