The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr

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Synopsis: 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.

Review: Well, where do I even start with this book. I was lucky enough to get it through NetGalley and unfortunately had so much uni work to do that I just didn’t get round to reading it soon enough. Boy am I sorry I didn’t read it sooner.

The concept of this book is so different and refreshing. I absolutely loved Flora as a character and person. I had never heard of retrograde amnesia, and I’m sure a lot of people haven’t, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. A lot of things are repeated because of Flora’s illness, which could have got really annoying, but Barr’s writing really helps you to understand how Flora is feeling and how hard it is for her on a day to day basis without it being too much.

I loved this book so much that I went out and bought it after reading the review copy, so it could go on my bookshelf, I also bought copies for my friends too. My point, basically, is that you should all go out and buy it for yourselves and your friends because it is really really good!

I’m keeping everything crossed for a sequel!!

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