Title: The One Memory of Flora Banks
Author: Emily Barr
Publisher: Philomel books
Publication date: May 2, 2017
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.
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)
Technically the book has been out in UK for a few weeks or so but this will be released on May 2, 2017 (Monday). And I’m so happy to have the opportunity to be able to read it first before anyone could.
Honestly speaking, I don’t know what to expect about this book but i have that feeling that it will end good; not to mention that very intriguing blurb it has… which the main character has sorta memory impairment (in other words amnesia). I have read a lot of books before but I never encountered characters in that kind of situation; which I found very interesting…
I’m not being overacting but the first chapter of this book is already good to set up your mood (maybe just mine but I’m sure it’ll work on you too!) this is the first book that I have read that really made me go read it all the way to end. I know it’s really hard to look for books that you’ll enjoy from its first page to last but this one is the one! Maybe it has to do with the character Flora Banks.
Flora is the main character on this book, I just love everything about her. Her whole personality makes her so perfect despite of all the things that she lacks of. I found her funny and very interesting to be a friend. Also, I adore how she managed to deal with all the changes around her in spite of her condition. Well, I don’t have any trouble with all the other characters they are all amazing! And so there’s a few that I hate Flora’s parents (I’ll keep this as a cliff hanger lol. You better read the book to find out).
But one thing I don’t like about this book is that it’s like your running into circles.. literally I got a little annoyed about being in that phase over and over again but I still managed to read it and enjoy it until end. Besides that’s main concept of the story…
The One Memory of Flora Banks is about friendship; which shows what is the real meaning of it by forgiving despite of all the things happened between Flora and Paige (her best friend). Love, which at first Flora was quite unreasonably in love with a guy she just kissed once.. it’s all about finding the best in yourself, proving the things that you can do to the people who doesn’t believe in you…and also fear that make us people fragile…
And finally, I want to express how much I adore Flora and her brother’s love for each other. They are perfect siblings!. His letter for Flora made my heart hurts a million times.
This book should be read by everyone, it’s a really touching and inspiring novel…how Flora faced her fears, she traveled all by herself and I salute her for that!
Please do check this out! I know you’re gonna love it as much as I did!
(This is all I could say about the book at least the the only things I need to tell because I don’t want to spoil anyone.)