The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

The One Memory of Flora Banks

Emily Barr

The One Memory of Flora Banks is an emotionally compelling and immersive read that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, the depths of the human heart, and the power of the human mind.

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It’s not a lie if you can’t remember the truth.
 
“Mesmerizing, electric, and achingly lovely, The One Memory of Flora Banks is unforgettable. One of the best YA novels I've read in a very long time.”
--Jennifer Niven, 
New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places
 
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—in Svalbard, Norway—Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.
 
But will following Drake be the key to unlocking Flora’s memory? Or will the journey reveal that nothing is quite as it seems?
 
Already a bestselling debut in the UK, this unforgettable novel is Memento meets We Were Liars and will have you racing through the pages to unravel the truth.


Praise for The One Memory of Flora Banks:

An EW Most Anticipated YA Novel of 2017

★ "[A] remarkable odyssey...an enthralling story...a deftly, compassionately written mystery.” —Booklist, starred review

★ "Barr’s tale mingles Oliver Sacks–like scientific curiosity with Arctic adventure and YA novel in a way that’s equally unsettling, winsome, and terrifying." —Horn Book, starred review

"Perfect for fans of both young adult romance and psychological thrillers, The One Memory of Flora Banks is destined to become one of your favorite beach reads of 2017. Promise." —Bustle

"Mesmerizing, electric, and achingly lovely, The One Memory of Flora Banks is unforgettable. One of the best YA novels I've read in a very long time." —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

"Ultimately, this title will leave readers with a sense of hope and faith in the human spirit....A strong choice for YA shelves." —School Library Journal

"Flora’s situation may be singular, but her desire for autonomy should speak loudly to teens in the midst of their own journeys into adulthood." —Publishers Weekly

"An affecting portrayal of living with amnesia and discovering one's own agency." —Kirkus

"[T]his is [Barr's] first YA novel and it is a good one. It will not be forgotten by readers." —VOYA

"An extraordinarily moving and original novel, a story of secrecy and lie, love and loss that manages to be both heart-breaking and life-affirming...Barr’s first novel for teenagers...is as brave as Flora herself." —Daily Mail

"An icily atmospheric story...captivating...[a] pacy page-turner that packs a significant emotional punch." —The Guardian


Advance Galley Reviews

This was not the first book I’ve read where the main character has amnesia, I tend to really enjoy these types of books. I noticed that this book stood out from others I have read because it repeated things multiple times, but with a slight difference in wording each time. For example the main character Flora would ask herself the same questions many times over. I found this extremely frustrating. I found the writing style very choppy and hard for me to get a good flow while reading. On the other hand I completely understand the reasoning behind why it is written like this. I saw myself getting very frustrated with the writing style the whole time I was reading. I also found myself getting very annoyed with the main characters obsession with her love interest. I found it above and beyond and extremely frustrating. Overall this book was not for me, The story was sub par in my opinion. I am usually a big fan of books focusing on a character’s amnesia, but not this one. If you don’t mind a repetitive writing style definitely give this book a try.

I really enjoyed this, for the most part. The impact of a narrator who can't form short term memories was interesting and keeps a reader on their toes as much as Flora herself is, because we don't know what she doesn't know, and that is a whole lot. It was thoroughly YA, with Flora being in some ways a very typical teenage girl. The adventure was well-done. I expected there to be some hidden truths behind why Flora can't remember things, and I was right, but the story went farther in that direction than I expected. It lost me a bit there, as I couldn't fully believe that setup. The other point that really lost me towards the end had to due with the emails, and the reveal there. It simply didn't fit with how behavior was established in the entire rest of the book. I am glad after the dark turn that the ending trended upward again. I could've used a little bit more story there, but it was still a satisfactory ending.

This book prompted mixed feelings. I like young adult, but this is definitely older young adult in reading suitability due to the complexity and the issues in the book. It is a very emotional read with a unique slat to it since Flora has memory problems and there is a lot of repetition as we see her struggling with her memory. This can get a little boring, but I finished the book only to be disturbed by the ending. I don't enjoy books where children are being abused by their parents and the twist at the end falls into this category for me.

This is an excellent YA book. It isn't too "deep" to turn off younger readers, but is complex enough to keep one engaged. It is an excellent study of character, motivation, and relationships.

I liked this book and I really liked Flora. She was a brave girl, just like the words tattooed on her hand tell her to be... Flora, be brave! Honestly she was an unreliable narrator but who can blame her with her short term memory loss and forgetting this every couple hours. I enjoyed seeing Flora's adventures and the way she handled herself in these situations with her memory loss. I loved seeing some characters step up and try to help Flora. It was disappointing to see the way some people treated her though, especially those who were supposed to care about her the most. This book did seem a little long at times mostly because of the repetition of Flora doing things again that she forgot she'd already done, but overall it was an enjoyable read!

I have mixed feelings about this book. The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr was a bit of a slow paced read. It started slow, and it continued to remain at that slow pace throughout the book. Part of this can be attributed to Flora’s voice. She is often confused and inside her head through most of the story, and it tended to slow the pace down. Not only that, but her natural voice for the narration of this book is very dry and lacking in any overt personality. This is probably one of the biggest factors of why I dropped my rating for this book down to a 3.5 or 4 stars. I had a hard time telling if Flora’s dry, vegetative voice was a byproduct of her medication, her damaged brain, the author’s inability to write young characters, or a case of over-editing. It kind of sucked the life out of the book, and for some people, this is going to be the reason they set this book down. That being said, I did enjoy this book quite a lot. Flora’s medical condition, though used before in fiction, is still a relatively fresh idea, and very much a fascinating one. It creates all sorts of problems in Flora’s life and became a captivating twist in the narrative as the reader is swept along with the mystery of Flora’s life. The plot was one of the biggest draws for this book, and it kept me enthralled as I followed Flora along on her adventure. Another positive point was the characters. I liked them—nearly all of them—and despite the relatively small amounts of time we got to spend with most of them, they seemed well fleshed out. There were some parts of this story that were definitely hard to stomach. The way Flora’s parents and others treated her sometimes enraged me. It was heartbreaking to see so many people avidly lying to Flora and abusing her trust. On the other side of the coin though, there were also a lot of really great characters that were kind to Flora. It balanced out well, and even if I didn’t particularly like how Flora was being treated, it lead to a provocative narrative. If you enjoy contemporary YA fiction, and you’re looking for a book that will make you think, this may be a good pick for you. This is a slow read, and Flora’s narrative voice isn’t going to be for everyone, but the core of the story is thought-provoking and captivating, and if you give it a chance, you won’t be wasting your time.

A compelling book that takes some unexpected turns. The repetition can be annoying at times but is necessary when properly portraying the thought process of someone with anterograde amnesia. Flora (the main character who has amnesia) is not your typical pity parade victim, she has a strong spirit which demands admiration. She is fierce and her life is interesting in its mysteries.

This story was a real whirlwind in every sense of the word. I was swept up in the emotion, the sadness, the beauty, the wonder, the honesty. I really, really enjoyed this one. The One Memory of Flora Banks tells the story of Flora, a seventeen year old who suffers with anterograde amnesia. Flora has vivid memories of her childhood but now her brain resets itself every few hours and she forgets everything. Through a series of notes written to herself, Flora restarts her life every few hours. This is a story of how Flora truly finds her courage and begins to discover herself and what she is capable of. There were a lot of things that I liked about this book. The story itself was interesting although (and I have to say this) something about the first memory Flora successfully creates being a kiss with a boy really jarred with me for a while. It got a little tiring that so much of this story focussed on that but by the end I understood the necessity of it. The ending of this story really blew me away and is the real reason I had to give this book five stars. I thought it was actually fantastic and seemed like the perfect ending for Flora. It also reassured me to know that this did not turn out to be the typical YA ‘girl meets boy who fixes her’ which was a huge concern of mine at the beginning. This is actually a wonderful story of self-discovery. I really loved Flora as a character. I thought she was sweet, funny and quite charming. It is no wonder that so many other characters in the book such as Agi and Toby were so willing to help her. There is certainly something very endearing about the character that has been created with Flora. I enjoyed the way the writing reflected Flora’s amnesia. Although it hurt my head a little to all of a sudden be thrown back into the darkness of not knowing who the people were or what was going on, this was so effective and special in the way it really made us empathise with Flora. All of the characters in this book are relatable. All of them are well written and characters that I was genuinely interested in. I was easily able to lose myself in Flora’s world. The descriptions were so engaging and vivid that I truly felt like I was there with her on this wonderful adventure. This story was so well written and well thought out. The end of this really blew me away and I wasn’t quite expecting it. It seemed so perfect and the last few chapters really brought my emotions to the surface. It showed just how damaging some of the most caring people in our lives can be when driven by certain emotions. Flora’s story is truly touching, emotional but scattered with glimmers of hope and plenty of moments to make you smile.

The One Memory of Flora Banks is basically only that- one memory. Flora does have a form of amnesia, so it is understandable that repetition is a constant throughout the book. However, this book just fell flat for me. I excepted more of a Dory vibe, and just got annoyed and disinterested. I felt like there wasn't enough immediacy for Flora's recovery to remember, and out of all things it was a kiss. Don't knock it until you try it, personally it wasn't my cup of tea but I would go into this book knowing repetition will be a reoccurrence.

Myself from page 1-200ish would not believe myself right now saying this book was a great read, yet the last third of this book was so thrilling I literally stayed up till 3 a.m. on a work night to finish it. Yes, the first two thirds of this book are hard to read, because reading the same thing over and over and over is exhausting and frustrating. I understand and praise the author for writing this from Flora’s point of view, a 17 year with amnesia who can no recall anything past the age of 10, but I must admit that it was very draining. Flora constantly must remind herself, or have other remind her of what is happening and what happened to her. Makes you appreciate the whole “live in the now “concept and when you’re done with this charming story you can’t help to feel grateful for many things we take for granted. Flora is so innocent yet bold that before you know it you fall in love with all her quirks and determination. I must say that if the writing would have sped up a bit in the middle the end wouldn’t had felt so rushed, leaving many unanswered questions and longing for more details. Maybe if we didn’t have to re-live Flora’s first kiss 50+ times there would’ve been space or time to learn more about Flora’s brother or other characters and their relationship with Flora. All in all, I found myself thinking of this book days after I finished it and smiled at Flora’s adventure.

I was extremely happy that First to Read sent me an e-galley of The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. This was the first time where I read a story from the point of view of a character who suffered amnesia. While I enjoyed the majority of the story, there were a couple points that I disliked. LIKES: ~The writing. Emily does a great job transporting you into the mind of Flora, whose mind resets itself multiple times a day. The writing was sometimes very choppy and there was a great amount of repetition, but it worked well enough because of Flora’s story. ~The pacing. Okay, so I wasn’t expecting to read The One Memory of Flora Banks as quickly as I did. I mean, I started one evening and two nights later I was finished (Late night is my prime reading time :) ). The chapters weren't too long and because of how some of the content is presented (emails, text messages, and letters), I got through the book pretty quickly. ~Flora and Jacob. Flora and Jacob are siblings and the relationship between them = sibling goals. Jacob didn’t live with Flora, yet you get to witness the love, acceptance, and attention within their relationship. Things do head south in a very heartbreaking way, and I sort of wished that things didn’t happen the way they did. You’ll have to read the book to see… ~The twists. There were some major twists concerning the situation between Flora and Drake, as well as between Flora and her parents. I mean, I sort of had an inkling about the situation between Flora and her parents (something seemed off), but the whole thing with Drake…uh CRAZY! I’m just happy that Flora got it together…eventually. ~Flora finding herself. Now, this point wasn’t something that I was expecting, but Flora truly grows within the story. I was so proud of her at the end. You get to discover some things about her that she doesn’t tell you (because she doesn’t remember), and it makes you see her in a totally new way. It’s like there are almost two Flora’s…Well, that’s all I’m going to say. DISLIKES: ~Memory loss. I’m not an expert on amnesia in any way. I also appreciate that the author presented Flora’s story the way she did because I really did enjoy it, but there were times (around page 200) that I wanted to sort of skip forward. I mean the repetitiveness of things was necessary, but it got crazy repetitive and I sort of lost it. Thankfully, the story moved passed it and then I was hit was twisty bombs full of awesomeness. ~Flora searching for Drake. OMG! Do you know how long it took Flora to find Drake? It took a ridiculous amount of time. I think this dislike goes with the one above, but anyways, I was like: Drake, come out, come out, wherever you are…NOW! Listen, I could’ve been happy with two days of searching. I thought she was never going to find him. Thank goodness for the help of the people in Svalbard or that search would’ve been endless. Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my review. I’m so happy that I was able to read The One Memory of Flora Banks because it was definitely a good read.

The One Memory of Flora Banks is about a girl with short-term memory loss. Flora can't make new memories and hasn't been able to since the age of eleven. That is until one new memory sticks in her mind. It's the memory of kissing her best friend's boyfriend and the consequences are enormous. I found this book to be so interesting. Emily Barr does such a good job conveying Flora's memory loss in the novel. Flora narrates the story, and the reader experiences the slipping away of memories, the tricks Flora uses to help herself retain information and get by day to day firsthand. At times this gets a little repetitive, but it also felt very true to life. I enjoyed experiencing a new location through Flora's eyes because everything continued to be new and strange day after day. I was also terrified for Flora many times. Thinking about what Flora was trying to accomplish was so scary. I also loved that this was such a quick read. SPOILER ALERT: The one thing that I did not like about the book was the twist at the end when we find out that Flora's parents had been drugging her. It was very fun to see Flora's personality emerge, but I'm a little tired of this very typical YA trope.

I loved this book. I'll admit, it was a little difficult, especially at first with all the repetition, but I understood the need for it. By the time I got to the point where I couldn't handle the repetition anymore, I was sucked in, and forgot that it was bothersome. I really enjoyed getting to see memory loss through the eyes of the one experiencing it. Taking this incredibly frightening adventure with her felt almost real. I definitely recommend picking it up.

Why was the kiss the one new thing she could remember? Because it was not the right thing to do? Because it was an act of her own and not orchestrated by her parents? The book portrayed well what it must be like to live without short term memory. The confusion, the fear, the unknown. But, it go too repetitive and I found myself wanting it to be over. Also, Drake... what a schmuck to take advantage of Flora and then deny it ever happened. Hard to believe people like him exist, but I know they do and some are much much worse. What really does not make any sense, what I had the hardest time with was how both parents took off and left Flora alone, parents who are super overprotective, without proper care or consideration. How is a teenage friend supposed to fill the caretaker role? Because of this I had a hard time connecting with the book. Thanks First to Read for giving me the opportunity to read this book and give a fair review.

*I receieved an early copy from Penguin Random House's First to Read program in exchange for an honest review* This book reminds me of a reverse version of 50 First Dates, where you get to see the world from the perspective of Flora with her memory loss. She has built a sort of routine around her memory loss which helps her cope and an remember select things before her accident. This all changes when she kisses Drake and remembers it. While this book was a page-turner, I did find it a tad too repetitive in some parts (unavoidable in a book about memory loss, I know). Flora's character was very interesting and unique and I love that she was brave enough to venture out into the world on her own.

Flora Banks is seventeen years old, but she can’t remember anything prior to the age of ten. She has anterograde amnesia, due to a brain injury, leaving her with no short term memory. To That is, until, the day she kisses a boy on the beach, a kiss that will stay with her, that will break her out of her mundane, claustrophobic life, and take her on an a life-changing adventure. The concept of this book was intriguing. A girl who can only hold onto short term memories for hours at a time, who has to relearn parts of her life every single day, who manages by writing notes on her body and in a notebook, just to be able to stay safe and get through each day. It’s difficult thinking about living that way. What kind of life is it really? What kind of future does she have to look forward to? The idea that someone with, what appears to be, such a serious limitation, could find a way to travel to the Arctic, safely and on her own? That’s a story I needed to read. And I’m so glad I did. The great parts of this book were not just Flora herself, who is pretty amazing, but the people around her. I’m not sure how realistic it is, but it seems that whether in her hometown or in a little town in the Arctic, Flora manages to be surrounded by communities that see her worth and want to help her succeed. Who wouldn’t blossom with that kind of support? However, I will say that I struggled with the way Flora was written. The story is in first person, and the writing is very stilted. I understand that Flora has memory loss and that the damage to her brain occurred when she was ten, but at no point are we given the impression that she is intellectually challenged. However, the way she is written, you would think she was much younger than ten or that her intellect had been negatively impacted as well as her memory. One could argue that it was because she was so medicated…and then I would argue that if she was that doped up a) she wouldn’t be able to function without full-time help and b) coming off them cold turkey would have led to serious withdrawal, and she wouldn’t have been getting out of bed, much loss hopping a plane to the Arctic. I’m not a doctor, just someone who takes similar meds, at a much lower dosage than it’s suggested she takes, and I know from personal experience, you can’t spend seven years doped up and then just stop without serious repercussions. It’s dangerous. I realize that would have messed up the storyline, but it bothered me. And her parents…I don’t want to give away too much, but let’s just say, I don’t care what their reasons were, there should have been serious consequences for what they did. Intent only gets you so far. All in all, I really did enjoy the book. The concept was unique, and it was nice to read something that was hopeful and painted the world at large (or at least small towns the world over) as a safe and understanding place, where the most unlikely people have a real chance at living a fulfilling life. Note: I received this book through the First to Read program. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.

The One Memory of Flora Banks pulled me in with its comparison to Memento, but sadly did not end up being a book I enjoyed. Flora Banks is a seventeen year old girl with anterograde amnesia. Since the age of ten, Flora has been unable to make new memories and her mind resets itself several times a day. Flora is constantly writing notes in order to help herself remember things after her mind resets. However, after her best friend's boyfriend kisses her, that memory sticks and she doesn't need reminding. Flora becomes convinced Drake is the key to restoring her memory and sets out on a journey to find him in order to restore her memory. Along the way, she finds that not everything is as she was told and she may not be the person everyone has always told her she was. The premise of this book grabbed my attention as soon as I heard about it. I was curious how the author would write a character whose mind would reset over and over. I enjoyed the notes Flora wrote to herself to help her remember everything. I thought it was quite clever how Flora used these notes to tell herself things that others wanted her to forget. One thing I was worried about going into this book was if it was going to be repetitive as having a character with amnesia means they need to be told the same things more than once and the story goes in circles. While I understand there really was no other way to show this, it was a struggle to read. There were some pretty great characters that Flora met along the way that proved not everyone in this world is horrible. I particularly enjoyed how Toby, Agi and Henney interacted with Flora and that they were quite understanding that she would constantly forget them. However, the main characters were where this book fell short for me. I disliked Flora's parents immensely and her best friend Paige wasn't much better (although by the end of the book I was more ok with her). Drake I hated with a passion, although due to spoilers I cannot say why. And as much as I tried to be understanding due to her condition, Flora ended up coming across a bit too naive. Overall, while there were aspects to The One Memory of Flora Banks that I enjoyed, it simply wasn't the book for me. ** I received a copy from the publisher via the First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.**

An amazing book. I loved Flora and loved how very brave she is. She went boldly into the world, knowing that each day she'd have to begin again. I cheered her on and felt her heartache and frustrations and rejoiced with her when things went well for her. This is one of the best books I've read in sometime. I realize it's meant for young adults, but I believe it would hold the interest of adults as well. You just have to turn the page to see what will happen to Flora next.

Emily Barr's The One Memory of Flora Banks is written in the spirit of Memento. The story is told in first-person narrative, and the main character, Flora Banks, cannot remember anything after she turned ten years old. In fact, unless she reads a note reminding herself of her true age, Flora is likely to think she is still 10 years old rather than 17. Flora is told that she had a brain tumor removed when she was around ten years old. Although she survived the procedure, it came with a sacrifice: losing the ability to develop short-term memory. Flora has not been able to form new memories for nearly a decade, but to her surprise, she remembers and continues to remember kissing her best friend's boyfriend by the shore. Understandably, she hoards this single memory, an important symbol that things can get better. From the publisher's synopsis and the beginning chapters, I was wary that the book would traverse down the tired boy-saves-girl trope. I mean, the ONE memory she forms is that of "true love's kiss," bleaugh. However, the author subverts expectations and pokes fun at the trope. By the end of the novel, I was pleasantly surprised; the book reads more like a subtle mystery once Flora realizes (and is able to remind herself periodically) everything she has been told does not add up. Other reviewers suggest that the plot twists were foreseeable, but I did not see the plot twists coming (although this is the first novel I've read about memory loss) and appreciated being taken aback. Overall, the author does a brilliant job capturing Flora's confusion and desire to find herself. Naturally, given the circumstances and the choice of narrator, there is a lot of repetition. The beginning is a little slow but I think this repetition and pace is necessary to lay the groundwork and place the reader in Flora's mind. I was impressed that the author provided important nuggets of information I didn't realize were important until later in the novel. I was especially struck by the author's insight into the importance of memory and words and how the two interact in our everyday lives. The novel left me with a newfound respect for memory, words, and self-courage. *In compliance with FTC guidelines, this is a disclosure that I received access to the galley for free through Penguin Random House's First to Read program. This review is an honest opinion, and I did not receive any cash or in-kind payment to review this galley.

Flora Banks was one of the most unusual protagonists I've come across in a while. I absolutely adored the author's use of an unreliable narrator, it really allowed the reader to take the journey with Flora. I personally liked how repetition was used but I know that it won't be every reader's cup of tea. Flora herself was heartbreakingly sweet and I came to truly care for her. There were a few plot holes (like why her parents didn't realize earlier or why her best friend just deserted her) that I wish had been explained better. I loved the part of the story where Flora finds herself and is incredibly brave, although I do wish that Drake hadn't played such a huge role in the book. Having her be so focused on him diminished the impact of the story a bit for me. That being said, I did love her relationship with her family and the strangers she meets along the way. There were multiple twists in this story that I didn't see coming but that were fantastic when they happened. I would definitely recommend this adorable contemporary YA novel.

I understand that the repetition was necessary for the story. I had a very difficult time with it. It was very interesting to see how she dealt with reacquainting herself to the things she had done each time her memory reset but I had a hard time getting through it. I don't know how else the author could have written it though. I guess this book just isn't for me.

I originally heard about this book from a video on YouTube where someone that I enjoy watching had been sent it. She read the synopsis out loud, and of course, I was immediately interested. I have never read a book in which the main character has amnesia before, so I was unsure of what to expect. Flora does not have a stable short term memory; the maximum amount of time she can remember things is a couple of hours. This makes for a very different form of narrative as it is quite repetitive. While I found this frustrating, it's obviously written in this way to portray what it would be like for someone with Anterograde Amnesia. I also found the writing to be more along the lines of middle grade level, but that also makes sense within the narrative because Flora's functioning long-term memory stops from the time she is 10 years old. Flora has grown up physically, but she has not been able to grow psychologically. In the beginning, I was very aggravated with a lot of the characters in this book. I found Paige and Drake to be making extremely irresponsible decisions. I was very worried about Flora consistently through the book. It is absolutely incredible she was able to take care of herself to the level that she did considering her circumstances. One thing that really bothered me was the fact that Flora believed Drake could cure her memory. Looking for love to cure an illness is a very dangerous trope. However, I do see why Flora could feel that way. The memory of kissing him was the only one from her current life she could remember. Nonetheless, it must be noted that "cure-culture" should not be taken lightly as it could be damaging to impressionable readers. Overall, I enjoyed this book and it was a very quick read for me. I'm happy to have been able to read something from an amnesiac's point of view, although I'm not sure I will again in the future. The repetition was a bit of an annoyance for me, but I understand that it was necessary in order to tell the story from Flora's point of view. I would like to say thank you to Penguin for providing me the opportunity to read this book early! I appreciate it immensely.

I hadn't really known what to expect with this book, as I had read the summary once and decided not to check it anymore after receiving this book. I wanted to be surprised and surprised I was. At first, I thought this might be a mystery book, but as I read on it became more contemporary than anything else. Not a huge problem, but I had been anticipating a good mystery from what the prologue looked like, so that was a bit of a disappointment. Flora was, at some points, a rather annoying character. She couldn't help it, but I personally don't think I would have been able to be friends with a girl like Flora. Other than that, she was too obsessed with Drake after only kissing him once, and on an impulse travelled all the way to Svalbard (spending her parents' money) for him. Then again, her parents were terrible people as well, and her best friend was not much better. The only characters I /really/ liked from start to end were the friends Flora made in Svalbard. The writing was very pleasant though, and I flew through it. I think I would have loved the story a bit more, had the first 200 or/so pages been more like the last ones, because that's when the book started to really pick up for me. I do recommend this book for lovers of contemporary books because it is indeed a good contemporary story!

Flora has anterograde amnesia, not being able to form any new memories after the age of 10. When she has a romantic encounter with her best friend's boyfriend, Drake, she actually remembers it after the fact. Flora is motivated to go find Drake in Svalbard, to try and figure out why she can remember him when everything else in her life does not make sense. I was so excited when I first hear about this book and I could not wait to read it. The premise sounded like a teen version of the movie Memento, where the main character has anterograde amnesia and can't remember anything but leaves notes laying around as well as writes on himself to try and piece together his life. I loved the movie and wanted to see how this book would play out. Maybe my expectations were too high, but this was book was very hard for me to get into. The first 100 pages were the same thing over and ever again, the main character reliving the same day and having the same interactions and freak out that she had the first day. To be honest, I was bored. Everything just dragged out and I found myself zoning out while I was reading. It was interesting at times how she would realize that she had previously done the same task, but not 100 pages worth. Part 2, which was almost a third of the book became better since it was something new, but I was almost ready to stop before I even got there. I was so frustrated by the story, yet I kept coming back to the book because I was sure there was something else going on under the surface that I had to discover, so I kept chugging away. Flora in so many ways is the 10 year old child she remembers herself as. She is so trusting and naive, crying when she may be lost, trusting of all adults and lots of strangers because she hopes they have answers that she doesn't. It was very hard for me to see her as a 17 year old almost-woman who wanted a sexual relationship with Drake, when she acted as a child. And I had serious doubts about Drake from the beginning- what 19 year old wants a girl who has the mental capacity of a child as a romantic partner, and then sex-mails her about what he wants to do to her? It was so awkward and weird! Pretty much everything about Flora and Drake's "relationship" was ridiculous to me, more like an obsession than anything, and how does love occur when you don't know each other? I had no connection to Flora as a character, I could not relate or empathize since she did not feel like a real person to me. But let me say, Oh my Geez, the ending of the book was unexpected. I really did love Jacob as a character, even though I never met him, only read his communications (which is a cool way to have a character show in the book). It seemed like this was going to be a romance, but it was not even a little bit- it was a girls confusing journey to find herself. This was a really sad dysfunctional read that had it's interesting moments and then its awful, frustrating moments (which is kind of like an everyday thing for Flora- I still don't understand about the earless cat...). It is for sure a unique read, I just can't say that I enjoyed it. I recommend that other give it a try and see what they think about the book. I received this title in return for my honest review. For more reviews visit my website at http://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/

Emily Barr has created a desperate and beautiful story in "The One Memory of Flora Banks". It took a few pages to become comfortable with the repetitive narrative style and to understand what was happening, but once I got started I could not stop until I finished. The more I read, the more I got to know Flora and became invested in her manic search for the truth of her condition, her family, and the impact of that fateful kiss. I highly recommend this book to young adult readers and anyone of any age. It left me thinking about the choices we make to protect the ones we love and whether those choices are really the best for everyone involved.

Okay, so what can I tell you about The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr without spoiling anything for you? Hmm… This is tough! But as other people have been saying, this is a lot like that movie 50 First Dates, but I’m going to take it a step further and add that it IS like 50 First Dates, but on STEROIDS! At least in the movie the main character could remember everything about her day until she went to bed and woke up the next morning and forgot about everything that happened or who she met the day before. Unfortunately for the main character in this book, Flora, her short term memory resets itself multiple times a day due to an operation she had when she was 10 years old to remove a tumor from her brain. When the doctor’s removed the tumor it also accidently took the part of her brain that saves her short term memories, causing her to have anterograde amnesia. Because of this, to help her remember things she’s constantly writing on her arms and hands and also in her trusty notebook to remind her of what’s going on when she forgets. The most important note that she always keeps on her arm being “Flora be brave.” The longest she can remember things is usually a few hours and the shortest she can remember things is one hour or even less (minutes sometimes!). The book opens up with a 17 year old Flora (10 year old girl’s mind trapped in a 17 year old’s body) at a going away party for, Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, which is being hosted at Paige’s house (Paige is Flora’s best friend). Drake is leaving to attend University all the way in Norway. While at the party Flora feels confused and overwhelmed so she decides she needs some fresh air and eventually finds herself sitting on some rocks on the beach overlooking the sea at night. Drake finds her sitting by herself and joins her and they talk about his moving away to the land where it has a “midnight sun” and he flirts with her before they share a kiss. Flora is surprised with the kiss and doesn’t want to forget the moment happened so she rushes home to write about it in a notebook before she forgets it the next morning. She wants to relive the moment over and over again (and trust me she does!). Turns out she didn’t have to write it down because when she wakes up in the morning she can still remember that moment crystal clear! She convinces herself that Drake and the kiss have helped her remember and he holds the key for her to start remembering everything. So, after she receives a promising and encouraging e-mail from Drake she embarks on a journey all the way to Svalbard, Norway to find him again. However, is everything as it seems in Flora fractured mind? Can she even trust herself or her loved ones? I would rate this a 4 out of 5 stars. I did enjoy reading this book, it was pretty interesting to read and get inside of an amnesiac’s head, and it was a pretty fast read surprisingly (it could definitely be read in a day easily), but with that being said it did get very repetitive and tedious to read at times. Also, a few of the characters frustrated me like Paige in the beginning the way she was talking and treating Flora, I thought she was acting so selfish and stupid. She eventually redeemed herself though, which ended up being one of the reasons why I liked this book. A few other reasons why I enjoyed this book was because of how cool and protective Flora’s older brother was of her even if he was all the way in France, I got a kick out of the description of her father and he was adorable, and just all the interactions Flora had with other people and how willing they were to help her when she needed it. The reading experience with this book brought smiles to my face and even made me tear up a few times. It was definitely an unique and interesting take on a coming-of-age tale that I would definitely recommend people read.

This is a challenging book to enjoy. For the strong young adult reader the story is repetitious and slow; for the weaker YA reader it will be boring. Neither YA reader is likely to have seen Memento, the movie, which places the book in context. For the adult reader, the book lacks a clear mystery, like Memento, and so fumbles. The author does a good job of sharing the feelings of amnesia but that is one trick that wears thin in a book. I needed more and kept reading hoping it would arrive. Hope springs eternal.

I liked the concept of this novel and Flora. It was definitely a very original story. I would have liked for it to end a little different, but other wise it was a good book.

The Memory of Flora Banks is about a 17-year-old girl who can't remember past the age 10. She all of a sudden remembers after she kisses a boy on a beach. What happens after is surprising, I was very interested in reading this book due to the synopsis. At first, I was very intrigued and kept reading. Very quickly I realized the story is extremely repetitive. Which is due to the memory of Flora. It just becomes to be too much. It feels as though I am reading a book of someone constantly reminding themselves of everything more than going on a journey with an interesting character. I did finish the book, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I was struggling with finishing it but made myself.

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I found it intriguing, it definitely sounded like something I would enjoy. I was lucky enough to receive an e-galley and I'm happy I was able to read this book. I found The One Memory of Flora Banks to a compelling read with charming and interesting characters. I personally really enjoyed this book and all its twists and turns. I found the plot to be engaging and unique and I thought Flora was a great main character. This book is definitely not perfect and there are a few things I didn't enjoy about it, but overall I thought this book was thoroughly enjoyable and I definitely recommend it.

I will try to be vague, but if you want to avoid spoilers, you might not want to read this review. This book was fascinating, being about a 17-year-old who can't remember life after 10, and I read it very quickly. On the other hand, there was a lot of repetition, the purpose of which was to show the reader what it would be like to live with a person who couldn't remember 7 years of her life. It was occasionally tedious to read the same thing over and over again, but I understood why it had to be that way, and the author actually handled it very well. I often felt like I was in the mind of a 10-year-old pretending to be 17, and that makes sense. But since I was initially expecting an older protagonist (the mind of an older protagonist), reading from her point of view was sometimes frustrating. I wanted her to act older, even though I quickly saw that wasn't going to work with the character of Flora. The first quarter of this book nearly turned me off. Flora's one memory, which is not really a spoiler because it happens fairly early on in the book, is about being kissed by a boy when she was 17, something she really shouldn't be able to remember but does. After that, their relationship continues by email, and things escalate. I thought Drake (the boy who kissed her) was being a bit creepy, taking advantage of a girl who can't remember things, but Flora loves him. The whole relationship was a turn-off for me. But as I read further, the book became about more than the relationship, and I had to see it through to the end just to find out what would happen. The prologue of the book kind of guided my thinking about where things were headed, but it turned out a bit differently than I first suspected. I'm not sure I buy everything that Flora does. Some of it is plausible (and for all I know, this book is based on fact and someone somewhere has lived this kind of life), but some of it (mainly involving emails toward the end of the book) seems far-fetched for a person with Flora's mind. I bought it while I was reading it, but thinking about it later, I was less certain. The explanation of what happened seems like it belongs in a book about a certain mental disorder rather than a book about the loss of short-term memory, but I'll admit the mind is amazing and can do very strange things, so what do I know? I was satisfied with the ending. I really like Jacob, and I appreciate the author's sympathy for Flora's parents, especially as a mom myself.

I was expecting a YA romance, and I got that, but I also got a psychological thriller!

For me, this one was a slight mess. I understand the fact that the MC had lost her memories but it made this book run in circles and made it very repeaty and it made it a chore to read. I liked the plot but the writing of the story itself just didn't work out for me. This was one mess of a book with predictable twists that just didn't make the story better.

I loved the theory but there were too many plot holes and it was poorly executed

I enjoyed this book a lot. It was a fun, quick read. It was very intriguing, and I love the cover. Very simplistic.

I was swept away by the story and the character of Flora. I don't consider this story as being written for young adults specifically, though the story is not inappropriate for youth. I was inspired by Flora's perseverance through her disability. It was a delight.

Thank you First To Read and Penguin for the opportunity to read this novel. Unfortunately, this one wasn't for me. It lacked the character build up that I really enjoy in books. Flora did "grow" in this, but I personally thought that the ending was where this novel should have began. I would really like to see Flora adjust to the events in the end. I have never read of more awful parents in YA lit than ever before. Who in their right mind leave their daughter knowing she has this inability to remember anything moments after and just leave her alone with or without a friend. That's ridiculous and not realistic. It made my experience getting through this novel unbearable. Then the end? Spoilers: if the mother was so easily capable of leaving Flora and she makes a mistake without you, but to punish her for your stupidity? It made me angry. Also, The repetitive sayings and thoughts were agonizing. It made the plot really slow down. I didn't enjoy the insta-love either. Very YA cliche. Maybe if I were younger I would have appreciated this a lot better. But, I just felt like the author's intentions were there, but the delivery fell off course.

I liked The One Memory of Flora Banks very much! The twist at the end was nicely done and the overall story kept me entertained throughout.

This book was enchanting. The protagonist was charming and likeable. Her actions were consistent with her mental age, I felt. This was not a cutesy YA romance. It was the journey of a girl who had been faced with tragedy. And she is brave.

As I embarked on this novel by Emily Barr I was skeptical. I've had a few bad apple books lately and they had left a sour taste in my mouth as I started this new one. I was unfairly in a more negative space than I usually begin a book and yet The One Memory of Flora Banks pushed its way past my repellent exterior and grew inside me as a beautiful and well imagined story. As the novel progressed I found myself warmed up anew to the opportunities that lie in the pages of a book. Every time I was lulled into a place that I thought was predictability Barr thrust past that with a twist or turn that was a complete surprise to me. She did an amazing job of creating the unexpected in a story that could have followed a very simple and boring formula but instead she built something special that I would suggest to anyone that enjoys young adult literature! I would love for Barr to continue with the story of Flora. Yes, we understand what the challenge of this novel was but I think something beautiful could be added about what her future holds!

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr was an interesting ride into the mind of a girl who can't remember anything past the age of ten. Flora Banks is seventeen and she has to remind herself constantly that she is because she has anterograde amnesia. She can remember things like how to take a shower and making a cup of tea, but everything else she has to write reminders on her hands, in her notebook or on little pieces of paper everywhere. But something has happened and she has a new memory. She kissed a boy and she remembers everything about it. But that boy is no longer in Penzance, England where Flora lives. He left England for a research project in Svalbard, Norway. Her parents have left England as well because her brother is sick in Paris and her best friend Paige is supposed to be staying with her. But Paige is not her friend anymore, because the boy Flora kissed was Paige's boyfriend Drake. So when Drake sends Flora an email about how they can't be in a relationship because he is in Norway, she is distraught because he has made her remember. But Flora can't go to Norway, can she? I really enjoyed this author's writing style and how she made you feel like you were getting an inside look at how Flora's brain really works (even if it did get annoying sometimes). This story also has a lot of interesting twists and turns and was a really compelling read. I had to keep finding out what was going to happen to Flora next. The only downside for me was the ending was a little abrupt and I wish I could know how Flora ends up. This story will probably stay with me for a long time and I highly recommend it for anyone who likes reading mysterious YA novels.

I'll admit, this book was not what I expected. In the vein of Everything, Everything, this book is about a girl with medical issues falling for an unattainable boy. In this case, the girl is Flora and she has amnesia. She cannot remember anything after the age of ten and she can only hold on to new memories for a couple of hours. Then she kisses her best friend's boyfriend, Drake, and she remembers. This moment changes everything for Flora. Her parents, who normally keep her stuck in the house and sheltered from the rest of the world, leave Flora alone while they go look after her brother in Paris. Their leaving gives Flora the opportunity to track down Drake, who recently moved to the North Pole to study. Relying on notes and words written on her arm, Flora travels alone and goes on a search for Drake. At first, it was difficult to like Flora. Obviously she's a different kind of narrator, but the repetition was a bit frustrating. It took quite a while for the story to get going because Flora would constantly have to remind herself of what was happening. When she finally makes it to the North Pole, things pick up and secrets about her family are revealed. There are several twists that I expected at first, but I was genuinely surprised by some moments. In the end, this book wasn't about a boy and was about Flora finding herself and gaining the courage to be an adult. Although part of me wishes that her transformation wasn't precipitated by a boy, it does make some sense for a later twist to happen. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this book at the end, but the journey was a bit rocky at first.

It's hard to imagine what life would be like if I was in the shoes of Flora Banks. It was a quick read for me and have really thought about this book several times after I finished it.

If you are something that is simply fun and easy, then don’t pick up this book. If you want a book that will make you feel things, that will make you think, that will wow you with imagery, that has the kind of plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat, a splash of romantic tension, and an amazing voice, then I strongly suggest you read The One Memory of Flora Banks. Some of the other reviewers mention that this book is repetitive, and they are right, but I did not get nearly as annoyed as some of the other readers. It was part of the character and how she saw the world, and without the constant repetition of certain phrases, the magic of this book would not have happened. And for me, that magic was what made it come together, even if technically, it isn’t magic. Normally. I read speculative fiction, but since this book was free, and a cool concept, I decided to try it. One thing I love about Penguin/ Random House’s First to Read program is that it often pushes me to read things outside of my usual speculative genres. Since I’m trying to find an agent for YA novels, I’ve been reading as much YA as I can as research. That is how I found myself reading an galley The One Memory of Flora Banks a book I would never picked up in a store. And I’m glad I read it, even if it left me crying in my office an hour before classes start. It really made me think about what it means to be human, about the rights of the disabled, and about the implications of my own flawed mind. I might even use this one next time I teach Reading, Writing and Reasoning. While I can see some students complaining about the repetition, I also picture it inspiring some fantastic essays.

I imagine it was a challenge writing a book from the POV of an MC with anterograde amnesia, but the author did an excellent job selling the feeling of Flora's world. I appreciated the consistency of the narrative. Overall, it was an engaging read, though the ending felt rather abrupt. Turning 18 shouldn't magically solve all the problems, and PTSD shouldn't excuse a lifetime of child abuse. It felt like the author didn't take the time to appropriately deal with and defuse the heavier themes that were revealed in the last chapter.

This book turned out to be a lot different than I thought but still interesting to keep my hooked. You can genuinely feel Flora's confusion as she tries to navigate through life. It's not such a light read because you do have to piece things together and remember Flora's situation to understand her. But it's a good read!

The One Memory of Flora Banks was different than I thought it would be, but a great read. I enjoyed learning about Flora's condition and felt like the amnesia was dealt with in a great way. It was heartbreaking at times, because of Flora's child-like innocence. I adored her brother, Jacob, and all of the people Flora met in Svalbard. Her journey to Svalbard was fun to read about. I didn't like the parents from the very beginning. There was something off about their behavior and I did struggle to believe that they would have left her without having Paige there first. I also was not overly fond of Paige and Drake. Both of them tried to act like Flora had complete control over her actions instead of realizing that any romantic interactions between Drake and Flora while he wa dating Paige would be Drake taking advantage of her memory loss. Overall, this was a fun and easy read that kept you interested to figure out the mystery of Flora's memory.

This was a fun, exciting, and emotional thrill ride of a contemporary novel from beginning to end. I've always said that stories about memory loss are one of those things that make it almost guaranteed that I'll cry in a story. This narrative was especially touching because Flora felt so young and as the reader I just wanted to wrap her up in a blanket and protect her. But at the same time, I knew that she was seventeen years old and while she could be frustrating at times, I think her decisions were pretty understandable for someone in her situation. In the end, I felt this was a unique coming-of-age story about an interesting protagonist coming to terms with herself, her family, and her friends. It gave me a very nostalgic feeling as it reminded me of The Adoration of Jenna Fox and even a bit of We Were Liars. I'd recommend it to anybody who is looking for something a little different or a quick spring/summer read.

I throughly enjoyed this twisting story that let the reader discover new things right alongside Flora... we know what she knows, which makes for an interesting experience when your protagonist forgets everything every few hours. I really enjoyed Flora's adventures and not just her literal adventures, but also her adventures to find herself and become who she wants to be in order to fully live her life. This was a quirky and wonderful novel, and I would recommend it to those looking for a feel-good novel that is not your typical and also more like a feel-okay novel that leaves the end open for a sequel that I would definitely read. Bring on more of Flora's adventures!

The synopsis sounded really interesting, though I wasn't sure exactly how the author would write a book with the narrator having amnesia. First, I'd like to say kudos to Emily Barr for getting so deeply into the mind of an amnesiac, or at least how I imagine it must be for one with memory loss at least. Even though the book was quite repetitive (for obvious reasons), it still kept me interested all throughout, and there were a few plot twists in there that I admit I did not see coming. But I will say.... I hated Drake. Even before meeting him, I hate him, if only because Flora mentioned him and "I kissed Drake on a beach" so many times that part of me was actually hoping she wouldn't find him, just so I wouldn't have to deal with her inevitable gushing over him. But everything [eventually] worked out and made for an interesting ending. Great story that you should definitely check out.

The One Memory of Flora Banks, sends you on a journey about a topic that many Young adult novels do not typically include as the star or their novels. This novel will captivate the hearts of many readers, and you will finishing wanting to know more about Miss Flora Banks. Readers will be able to relate to many of the novels various topics in regards to coming of age. Emily Barr truely tells a unique and original story unlike any before. As a Middle School Language Arts teacher I would only encourage my students to continue to uncover this novel page by page.

Ugh. This was a frustrating one. So much repetitiveness and teen angst. Another entry in the "I'm too old for ya books" category. I gave it an extra star because I did want to finish it and find out what was actually going on. I think this book is great for teens, just not adults who like teen books.

An addictive little book. I read this over two sittings since it was just so hard to put down! I wasn't sure how well the continued amnesia would come across in the novel (the fact that your POC character keeps forgetting nearly everything could make a plot hard to develop), but Barr managed to capture Flora's continual amnesia well, while still keeping the plot to a good pace. That said, I really wasn't fond of the main characters; I wanted to push Drake and Paige into a lake, and Flora drove me a bit nuts too. (Hon, I know you kissed Drake. It's a big deal, I get it. Please stop talking about it.) But I loved Jacob and the characters introduced in Svaldbard. Despite my mixed feelings on characters, this was a really enjoyable read, and I enjoyed how Barr played with ideas of memory, and how she weaved such an intricate tale from a flawed POV. Definitely worth a read.

The comparison to Memento and Everything, Everything is pretty spot-on, though more from a plot perspective than an emotional one. Flora's handwritten reminders are strongly reminiscent to Memento, though it has an atmosphere of childlike innocence that the film decidedly lacks. Her overprotective family (and a few other plot elements) harken to Everything, Everything, but it unfortunately does not have the same heart of Nicola Yoon's book. If you're reading this for the unreliable narrator amnesia angle, it's a definite winner. From a family/friendship/romance angle, not so much. The story only exists because person after person ignores the common sense actions that should've been smacking them in the face in regard to handling Flora's anterograde amnesia. I couldn't sympathize with a few characters' justifications for the potentially dangerous situations they allowed Flora to get herself into just so she could have a taste of freedom. Flora herself was a very intriguing character; she's a complicated web of good intentions and forgotten actions that forces her to heavily rely on other people who may (or may not!) want the best for her. The first few chapters are a little repetitive as it establishes Flora's base mindset and lifestyle, but when things get crazy they get CRAZY. Would recommend as a library checkout, but not a purchase.

Captivating! Spellbinding! THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS Is an amazing story about resilience. This book definitely has an awesome main character, Flora, and I was really rooting for her. I would definitely recommend this book. Everyone should be as brave as Flora. I think a lot of people can relate to feeling trapped and wanting to do things on your own. I have never read a book like this one. I really love this book! This story has a little of everything. It has love, loss, friendship, betrayal, adventure, and of course amnesia. This is an emotional story with a lot of heart.

I wanted to love this book, I really did. I did like it, but there were just a few things that kept it from being a five-star read. First, the book takes a very real and honest journey with an amnesiac. The book is told from her POV, so we get up-close and personal with her mind. Which means that every time she forgets and needs to re-learn everything, we go through the entire process with her. Since I don't have amnesia, that means reading "I kissed Drake" and "I love Drake" roughly 700,000 times. It gets old. Secondly, the main story of Flora going on a crazy trip to Find Her Man is significantly less interesting than other plot points that are given less attention. I liked Flora and was rooting for her. Hopefully the next part of her story happens for her own sake, and not because of some jerky boy. 3.5/5 stars.

One of the many things I loved about this book was its emotion. Other than that, I wasn't a fan. The plot didn't really feel...there? Half the time it repeated things but using different words? I didn't really enjoy this book as much as I'd hoped.

While the premise of this book was very intriguing, the story fell flat for me. There were a lot of inconsistencies and plot points that just didn't make sense to me. I have read books that are told from younger points of view before, and they still make the writing engaging and well-written. This book, unfortunately, was not. There was no depth. I would not recommend this book.

This book was honestly so good! It's heartwarming and heartbreaking to follow Flora on her journey to Svalbard. I loved reading her adventure and seeing all these people helping her to succeed, even they didn't know her and didn't need to care. I cried when Jacob died and all this history was revealed to both me and Flora. I got angry at Flora's parents as they restricted her freedom and drugged her beyond belief. I wanted to slap Derek for lying to Flora and taking advantage of her. This book to took me for a ride and it was amazing.

Wow. This was so beautiful. It didn't go where I thought it would, but I loved every moment of it. I have already recommended it to several people. Get it. Read it. Love it.

I thought the book was pretty darn interesting, and I really couldn't believe how Flora actually come about losing her short term memory. The thing I didn't like was how oppressed she got over the kiss she received from Drake. I understand she could remember that he kissed her and nothing else, but hearing about that kiss all the time drove me crazy. I loved her relationship with her best friend and also her brother. Of course her friend gets upset with her for a while but she came through for her in the end and that's what counts in the end. I liked the journey Flora went on when she went to find Drake, because of the friendship she makes along that journey. I thought the ending was okay I just wish things were wrapped up better than it did, but that is probably just me. I would give the book 3 1/2 stars, but I don't know if I would want to go out and buy my very own copy of it. I am happy thought that I requested early access of the book. And I have no regrets in reading this book, because it was definitely different than other books I usually read. So it did take me out of my comfort zone.

There were certainly a few things that displeased me with this book. Some of the repetition, though understandable in the context of the book, got a bit tedious. The main characters actions seemed to indicate further disorders which seemed to be praised. I will not go further into that line of thought for fear of spoilers. All in all, I still enjoyed reading this book and would likely give it a 3.5- 4 star rating. It was certainly engrossing!

I loved this book. It was something new that I had never read before. I love Flora. Quick read, but very good.

Decent book. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it, especially with the variety of titles out there for the discerning reader. But this was compelling enough to allow me to read through to the end.

I absolutely loved this book. Flora Banks has no memories from before she was 10. After leaving a friend's party, a going away party for her boyfriend, Flora goes and sits on the rocks by the sea. The boyfriend of her friend comes down and sits by her and they kiss. Flora remembers this. She doesn't even need to consult her arm which is where she writes little messages to herself to remind her of things. She remembers all on her own. This is absolutely a miracle for her so she must be in love. After Flora's best friend finds out they kissed, she ends a friendship that has lasted since they both went to the first day of school with braids. Flora's parents have to leaving for a family ER and her friend is supposed to stay and look after her. But without her, Flora must stay alone. How will she make it when she can't even remember the most mundane things. And what of this kiss she remembers? I really, really liked this book. It's sad but has a few funny moments. I just really enjoyed it. It's a quick read and I really hope the author can bring us more of Flora. She's a 10 year old child in the body of a soon to be 18 year old young woman.

This story fell flat for me. I thought the idea behind the novel was intriguing, a girl with memory loss issues and dealing with that obstacle. But there were a lot of issues covered in the book that I felt were tried to romanticize but instead were scary. Flora's obsession with a boy on dangerous levels, and then this boy using her as a toy, also dangerous. There were a lot of plot holes too that made the story difficult to follow at times, not only that but none of the relationships in the book felt at all safe/real/ok especially the relationship with her parents.

While I was excited about the premise - girl with "Memento"-like memory issues goes on an adventure - I didn't really enjoy the book, for a couple reasons. First, it was really unsettling seeing the world through Flora's brain. Her memory problem makes this strange enough - never knowing where she is or who she's with - but after she's in Svalbard it begins to seem less like a memory problem and more like a descent into psychosis. Her thoughts and actions veer into really dangerous, terrifying territory. Second, it feels throughout the book that we're building to some great "secret" reveal - what are her parents hiding? Is there really a Drake? What is real and what is in her head? Unfortunately, what we find out is a bit disappointing and not satisfying after 200+ pages of foreshadowing. Finally, the ending - Paige's abrupt about-face, and her and the brother's reckless "plan" for Flora just really didn't make any logical sense. TL;DR: Interesting idea, poor execution.

This book kept me turning the pages. I really enjoyed the character of Flora. The twists and turns were surprising and exciting. I would definitely recommend.

First off, thank you first-to-read by Penguin for this arc. This will be in exchange for my honest review. I will start off with a brief summary, my likes, dislikes, and then my personal thoughts. I'm just another reviewer with an opinion. This book is about Flora Banks and she supposedly has retrograde amnesia. In the beginning, the book stated that she suffered from a brain tumor from her temporal lobe which caused the retrograde amnesia. This means that each day or less than two to four hours, she forgets everything. She has to write notes on her arm or in her journal to remember what she's done. Her mind is stuck at being a ten-year-old girl inside a now seventeen-year-old teenage body. She kissed her ex-best friend's boyfriend on the beach, and the story takes off from there. What did I like about this novel? 1. I loved the diversity. 2. I enjoyed her older brother, Jacob. He was probably the most favorite character of the novel. 3. I enjoyed the scenery. What didn't I like about the novel? 1. Lots of grammatical errors. I hope the editing team corrects them before this book is published. 2. Even though she has amnesia, I understand why the repetition is there, I just hate re-reading a ton of times, "I kissed a boy." It almost became a Katy Perry song. It made me want to skip the book. 3. Here is what really doesn't work for me. At one point, the mother lied and told Flora she didn't have a passport. Well, Flora finds her passport! *Gasp* It hasn't expired. Five chapters later, the mother wanted Flora to come to Paris. The author didn't clear up that inconsistency. No explanation at all. 4. The ending wasn't what I expected. It had a strong beginning, but the ending really knocked it down for me. 5. Paige, all the sudden wants to help. Didn't she kiss your boyfriend? Why couldn't she get over herself sooner? Why help at all? It would have been better if another character helped out Flora and not Paige. What are my personal thoughts? I just wish there was a stronger ending. I want the passport issue fixed. And pick a different character other than Paige to help Flora out. If someone was making out with my partner, I probably wouldn't talk to that person again. I don't care if that person was my best friend. But maybe that's just me. If those things were changed, I would have given it a five-star review. The repetition didn't bother me as much. The girl has retrograde amnesia. It reminded me of "50 First Dates." The one with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Except it didn't end like that movie. Which I was grateful the author didn't end it that way. You have to find out for yourself what goes on in this book. After all, I'm just another asshole with an opinion.

What a unique premise for a story! I flew through this book wanting to know what exactly was going on and why. Flora is a remarkable character that works so hard to overcome the things holding her back from living her life. This story speaks to so many tough issues - memory loss, broken relationships, and others that would be spoilers to mention. The book left me thinking about what it means to care for others and how many times we do things that we think are helping, but in reality may be holding others back. This is a thought-provoking page turner!

The One Memory of Flora Banks is a contemporary novel about a young woman who deals with memory issues. It gives you an inside look as to what people with amnesia or Alzheimer's deal with on a daily basis. As Flora is an amnesiac, the entire story is told in the perspective of an unreliable narrator, which I am a big fan of. Overall, I enjoyed the story and the twists and turns.

Thank you First to Read for the galley! I was very interested in the storyline of this book however 75 pages in I was frustrated that it wasn't moving along faster. I understand the need to portray the short term amnesia but about another 75 pages could have been dedicated to the end story of the book adding much to an ending that was good but could have been great. As a mom there were many unrealistic things that happened concerning Flora's parents deciding to just leave her with Paige and not check with her!

For the past seven years, Flora has made no new memories. After having a tumor removed from her brain, Flora was left with anterograde amnesia. Although she is chronologically 17 years old, her most recent memories have her as a 10 year old. That is until she kisses a boy, and she remembers. This one memory prompts Flora to embark on an adventure to find this boy, who she believes can repair her memory. I was wary when I began this book, because I had seen quite a few "meh" reviews, and I have to say, at first, it was difficult to adjust to the style. This story is told from Flora's point of view, so we spend a lot of time inside her head. It's sort of jarring at times. She is an amnesiac with limited short-term memory, so there is a lot of repeating and revisiting things over and over again. This took some getting used to, but I must say, Barr did a wonderful job helping me sort of understand Flora's daily struggles. At the same time, we saw this spirited side of Flora. A part of her that wanted to break free and explore. To make new memories, even if she may not remember them. She had adaptations in place to cope with her daily life, and I was really impressed with what she was able to accomplish. The phrase, "Be Brave, Flora", kept popping up, and I love this idea that even if we have obstacles in our way, we can be brave, and try new things. We can change and grow and continue to hope. During most of the book, I felt my heart breaking. Here is this young woman, who is stuck at the age of 10. It made me think really hard about not being able to have new memories or being able to learn new things. The whole idea of that weighed heavily on me, but not on Flora. It was almost sold as liberating, as she was forced to live in the now and enjoy the present to the fullest extent. Another great take away courtesy of Flora Banks. I must say, I loved the relationship between Flora and her brother, Jacob. It was very special. Although they were separated by 7 years and lived in different countries, he was always trying to be her champion. He loved her fiercely and saw only the best parts of her. We get to know Jacob through letters, emails, texts, and flashbacks, and I really wish the story had been able to bring those two back together, but I am grateful for what we got. It was a lovely bond they shared, and heck, I have tears in my eyes just thinking about it. Overall: An interesting coming-of-age story, which balances the sad with hope.

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr is a young adult contemporary novel which is absolutely brilliant. This story Flora Banks will stay with me for a long time. It is an extraordinary effort by the author to craft a story which is totally original in concept and execution. At times heart-breaking as well as funny, this emotionally-drench story is filled with twists that will leave you asking for more. I highly recommend The One Memory Of Flora Banks.

I had no idea what I was in for when I picked up The One Memory of Flora Banks. I just knew the book had been calling to me, and as soon as I was granted access, I downloaded it and dived right in. I’m so happy I did so because I love books like this. It’s been a while since I read a convincing amnesia story. It seems that there’s always holes in the story. The amnesiac character always conveniently remembers different details and they never actually seem inhibited by the memory loss. Other than some foggy details, they go on with their life while the memories trickle in. But for Flora, that was never the case. The details never come trickling back. Emily Barr took us deep inside Flora’s head and I felt myself forgetting and remembering alongside her. However, at the same time, the commitment to Flora’s memory loss ended up being quite frustrating, just having to read “I kissed Drake” like eighty thousand times, over and over again. As a mystery, the book did have a handful of twists that I found exciting, even if they were predictable. Once it was revealed that her parents were hiding a secret from her, I became that much more interested in the story. One of the “twists” about her parents wasn’t very enjoyable, and though I obviously won’t go into detail, it was recently done in another contemporary, so I’m sure those who have read that title could see this coming from a mile away. I do wish the ending had more clarity, too. I’m not entirely sure what really did happen and if one of the details was real or not. The final delivery of all the details was kind of sloppy and jumbled and some things were never verified to my liking. Ironically, I came away from Flora Banks forgetting most of what I read. In the moment, the book is quite enjoyable and fast paced. It was easy to keep turning the pages. But the characters were unremarkable. The only trait that really stuck to Flora was forgetful, and maybe impulsive, but that’s it. I never got a real feel for who she is, because she didn’t even know. The rest of the characters were just players on a board: the loving brother, the smothering parents, the best friend. I did enjoy getting to know the people in Svalbard, but on the whole, everyone was simply unexceptional.

This was a very complex story about a girl with amnesia and how she is able to function on a daily basis. The beginning of the story captured my interest but halfway through I felt it became very repetitive and a little confusing though I plowed my way through and was rewarded with a good ending.

"The One Memory of Flora Banks" is the story of a girl with amnesia. She writes things she needs to remember on her arms. I had never read a book about mental illness before, and I have to say, I was very pleased with this story. The way Flora thought and the way she dealt with things was the way I would've imagined it. Now, I do have to say there was one issue I had with the story. Flora basically has one memory that she doesn't forget. That being, she kissed a boy. It all seemed very cliche to me. I wish she would've found something within HERSELF first to make her suddenly remember.

I don't really know how I feel about this book. It was definitely compelling, but, at the same time, I had a lot of problems with it. I think my main problem with this book was Drake. Flora's main goal throughout most of this novel is to find Drake, but Drake is so exceptionally unlikeable that you just hope she doesn't. It's very difficult to root for a main character while simultaneously actively rooting against her, and I didn't really care for the fact that the one memory that she was able to retain was about a boy when she has much kinder and more caring people in her life. I also had trouble with the narration style. I understood the purpose of it, Flora has no short term memory so thing have to be repeated as she relearns them, but it was so tedious to read the same things over and over again. Especially since, when I read, I tend to adopt the narration style in my own mind for a while, and I found myself thinking in repetitive, fragmented sentences for an hour or so every time I put this book down. Needless to say, that was very annoying, but probably not something that most people will experience. This book is certainly interesting, and I read it quickly because I wanted to know what happened. I really liked the side characters that Flora meets while in Norway, and her friendships were nice to see. Overall, I found this book enjoyable, but I couldn't get past the problems I had with it.

I have read mixed reviews on this book. I found it a very quick read. As a mother, this book made me think of my daughter. How would I feel if she couldn't keep a memory for very long? Would she try to go somewhere on her own? Would she be able to cope? What would I do to keep her safe? How far would I go? I found Flora brave and adventurous. She wants to be normal and wants to be "fixed." So I totally get why she would follow Drake because she remembers the event. I didn't care for Paige too much as she was a selfish, spoiled little brat who was no friend of Flora. This book is all about family dynamics and how communities can come together for a stranger. I really enjoyed this book and was glad the way it ended.

I don't really know how I feel about this book. I can definitely say I've never read anything quite like it before, but I can't decide whether I actually enjoyed it. Reading a story from the point of view of a character with short-term memory problems was fascinating, but all the repetition, as necessary as it was to the atmosphere of the story, got annoying pretty fast. I found myself skimming through the parts that kept repeating over and over by the middle of the book. I feel like this story requires some suspension of disbelief, most notably in that the extremely overprotective parents left the country without even getting in contact with Paige, who was supposed to be staying with Flora. I did like the ending, though I don't want to spoil it by saying exactly why I liked it. All in all, it was a unique coming of age story, and I liked the overall message that people can be capable of so much more than they think. It's a book worth reading.

Flora a teenager with short-term memory problems resets after kissing a boy, then she goes on a wild adventure to find this boy who supposedly healed her. I have mixed feelings about this book. The premise was different enough to be interesting, even with the repeated memory on loop, but some of the MC's actions were a little unrealistic, sad and disconcerting. The twist was a surprise, but only opened more uneasiness about the entire situation. I did read nonstop to see the end of Flora's story. Not a tale for everyone but good for a change of perspective.

I was completely and utterly immersed in this book. Fiona was a beautiful, yet troubled character that experiences retrograde amnesia. Her link to life is based upon a notebook, post it notes, and writing on herself to remember until she experiences her first kiss. She is able to remember this and seeks to find the boy when her parents leave to take care of her brother during a terminal illness. What follows is an adventure of sorts where she proves her courage and her ability to rise way above what people believe she is capable of. Throughout her journey, she finds that she has been lied to about her illness and the circumstances that led to it. Through her best freind and brother, she can perhaps seek treatment for the amnesia. This was a sad book in many ways, but also a story of resilience and courage. I will be seeking more books by this author.

Good memories are ones that you want to keep remembering and bad ones you want to forget. But in Emily Barr's The One Memory of Flora Banks, Flora can only remember one thing out of the last seven years of her life. Flora Banks has no short-term memory after an event when she was ten years old. Seven years later, she's coping to remember important things by writing them down, either in a notebook or on her hand or arm. But when she kisses Drake, her best friend's boyfriend, the night before he leaves for school, Flora can remember the details of and surrounding the kiss. Convinced that Drake may be the key to her recovering her ability to remember, she takes her very protective parents' trip to Paris that leaves her at home as an opportunity to travel to Drake in Svalbard, where he's studying. In making her way to Norway, armed only with her notes and determination, Flora learns what she's actually capable of. The basic concept of this narrative was interesting and fostered an understanding of the lengths people go while living with amnesia; however, while the repetitive information and situations help to place the reader into Flora's shoes, it was rather frustrating to keep getting stuck in a loop of past actions and lack any sort of appreciable forward progress. I wasn't too keen on the one memory that stuck with Flora and drove her to finally take some independent action in her life, because although kissing a boy for the first time can be memorable, this reduces Flora to a cliché and she was such an intriguing character otherwise. While a decent story that could relate various age groups, it is difficult to place who the intended audience is - at times Flora behaves and thinks like she's ten and others like she's seventeen, which are two vastly different audiences, yet the writing reflects both in unequal measure. Overall, I'd give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

Wow. I don’t even really know where to start with this other than saying I inhaled this book. In a matter of hours. The One Memory of Flora Banks is intense. I only got about 4 hours of sleep last night because I desperately wanted to finish it before I went to bed. The premise of the story is basically that there is something wrong with Flora. It’s somewhat of a play on the “50 first dates” idea of going to sleep and waking up thinking it’s the same day over and over again, but for Flora it’s every few hours, and it’s not nearly as fun as it was for Drew Barrymore. She’s a perpetual 10 year old. Her parents have to jet off to Paris to see her terminally ill brother, who she only remembers as a big guy that used to pick her up when she was little. Her best friend is supposed to be taking care of her, but she discovers that Flora kissed her boyfriend the night of his going away, and her best friend is now livid with her. The thing is, Flora remembers. For the first time in 7 years, she has a new memory. She remembers sitting with him and talking, and kissing him before going home and writing it down so she’ll remember in a few hours. This drives Flora on a desperate chase from one Penzance to the Arctic to chase this boy down who she believes has unlocked the secret to helping her form new memories. She manages to get to the Arctic, and her entire world begins to unravel from there. Is this boy she kissed who she thought he was? What secrets are her parents desperately hiding from her? What are these strange hints from her brother in Paris and why is he pushing her to chase her dreams and just be Flora? The ending is supremely satisfying and gives a peek into the world of parents that have children they feel they will always care for and be responsible for, which may drive them to make decisions that anyone from the outside would find abhorrent. It’s dramatic, it’s intense, and it’s one of the best stories I’ve read in a very, very long time. Well done!

I can easily say I have never read a book like this before. Due to the nature of the plot (i.e. being told from the point of view of a teenage girl with anterograde amnesia) it was very repetitive throughout, sometimes annoyingly so. However, that being said, it really did help me understand what it must be like in the mind of someone who can't remember anything for more than a few hours. There were definitely some plot holes and circumstances that I just couldn't accept as realistic, but despite that I still found myself unable to put this down because I needed to know how it all panned out. There are a few twists toward the end that I did not see coming, so that's always nice. Was it my favorite book? No. But overall I would say that I enjoyed it and I'm glad that I read it.

**First To Read provided me with a free e-copy of THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS in exchange for my honest review** I can't remember the last time a book pissed me off to the extent of this story. Flora develops anterograde amnesia after having a brain tumor removed at age ten which means she has immediate, but no short term memory and only remembers events prior to the tumor. One night, she kisses her best (and only) friend's boyfriend Drake, and remembers him the next day setting off on an odyssey that will take her to the arctic in search of him. PROBLEMS WITH THE STORY: 1-Flora falls in insta-love, which is okay, because she basically has the mind of and behaves like a ten-year-old. Drake knows of her condition, yet still kisses her and asks her to spend the night (she didn't), which to me felt almost pedophiliac. He was an adult, propositioning a seventeen-year-old with the mental capacity of a prepubescent child. 2-I never bought into the Flora/Paige friendship. I have a hard time believing a fully functioning teenager would have a best friend with Flora's intellectual, emotional and memory deficiencies. Sure, they might continue a friendship, but I can't see Flora meeting any of Paige's social needs. 3-Overprotective mom leave the country without talking to babysitter/friend Paige based on Flora's assurance the girl was coming to stay. No way. No how. 4-Flora becomes savvy enough to lie and be manipulative, saying Paige lost her phone, yet her pathologically over-protective mother never tries to call Paige's house or her mother to check in. 5-The whole arctic trip. 6-Suddenly Flora never had a brain tumor, it was a car crash. And her amnesia is probably fake. And her mother's drugging her to stay compliant. And her father is going along. And her recently dead brother sent placebo pills to switch out with the drugs so Flora can get away (going cold turkey off tranquilizers or anti psychotics can have fatal consequences). The worst part of THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS is how irresponsible the story treated disability. I can understand a bad storyline, but using disability (or maybe just drugged) as a plot twist is unfair to those who suffer brain injuries.

 


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