The One Memory of Flora Banks

The One Memory of Flora Banks

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'...

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Title:The One Memory of Flora Banks
Author:Emily Barr
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ISBN:0141368519
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:303 pages

The One Memory of Flora Banks Reviews

  • Shauna (b00kstorebabe)
    Oct 20, 2016

    This review was originally posted on my blog,

    ★★★ Stars

    The One Memory of Flora Banks is the story of a 17 year old girl named Flora Banks. Flora Banks is special. She has lost the ability to create long-term memories, ever since she was 10 years old. That is, until she kisses a boy on a beach. Somehow, that event sticks in her brain, jarring her form her comfortable, complacent world in which her parents control her every move and sending her on a daring a

    This review was originally posted on my blog,

    ★★★ Stars

    The One Memory of Flora Banks is the story of a 17 year old girl named Flora Banks. Flora Banks is special. She has lost the ability to create long-term memories, ever since she was 10 years old. That is, until she kisses a boy on a beach. Somehow, that event sticks in her brain, jarring her form her comfortable, complacent world in which her parents control her every move and sending her on a daring adventure.

    I was a bit worried going into this book, despite the fact that my Penguin rep practically begged me to read it. The tagline of the book is "You always remember your first kiss. Flora remembers nothing else." I was worried that this was going to be the kind of book where the main character is magically "cured" by the love of a boy. I'm going to tell you right now that this is not what happens.

    I was dazzled by this book. It's sharp and clever, and it doesn't really stick to one genre. It's part thriller (a la Memento) and part YA contemporary. It's a romance, but not in the sense that you'd expect. Our main character Flora, despite being unable to make new memories, is brilliant, brave, and surprisingly relatable. The writing is fairly repetitive at times, because Flora is constantly forgetting where she is, how old she is, and what she's doing. However, I did not find the repetition to be distracting. Sometimes, the subtle changes in the writing were just as important as the words that stay the same.

    My one criticism is that the writing in this book is fairly passive, and I would have liked to see a more active voice. The narrative voice the author chose is important, and I understand why she made that choice, but it made some of the more action-packed scenes fall flat.

    The One Memory of Flora Banks will be published in May of 2017 by Penguin Teen. Make sure you put it on your tbr!

    Thanks for reading!

  • Tasha (faeriedrugs)
    Feb 02, 2017

    Unfortunately, there was little I liked about this book. First (and mostly) being the cover. And second - I guess the ending was okay.

    This book is about Flora, who suffers from amnesia. One day she kisses her

    and she remembers. Obviously remembering something is a big deal to her and soon after she goes on an adventure to find this boy again, who has moved to the Arctic.

    Ba

    Unfortunately, there was little I liked about this book. First (and mostly) being the cover. And second - I guess the ending was okay.

    This book is about Flora, who suffers from amnesia. One day she kisses her

    and she remembers. Obviously remembering something is a big deal to her and soon after she goes on an adventure to find this boy again, who has moved to the Arctic.

    Back when I requested this book, I'm pretty sure the synopsis said nothing about the boy being her best friend's boyfriend. Otherwise I probably wouldn't have requested this. The 'romance' made me so uncomfortable. And in my opinion it romanticized Flora's healing process - with a boy being the reason she remembers and her traveling across the world just to find her true love.

    I have to say though, the ending was a bit redeemable in that aspect. But still. I just didn't like it.

    The writing style was another thing I really, really didn't like. First off, with Flora having amnesia, she forgets and then remembers things over and over and over and over and over... I didn't want it to annoy me as much because obviously if you have amnesia, that's how it is. But I found myself skipping several parts of the story because after the 10th time of

    I was so done.

    Also the writing read very juvenile in my opinion. Sort of like middle grade.

    Overall, this book just wasn't for me. If I hadn't been reading this for review, I probably wouldn't have finished it.

  • The Bookavid
    Nov 17, 2016

    In THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS, Flora has no short term memory but when she kisses her best friend's boyfriend, the memory somehow seems to stick.

    I love the movie Memento.

    THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS is unlike anything I've ever read. Barr uses the premise cleverly to establish a compelling story.

    In THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS, Flora has no short term memory but when she kisses her best friend's boyfriend, the memory somehow seems to stick.

    I love the movie Memento.

    THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS is unlike anything I've ever read. Barr uses the premise cleverly to establish a compelling story.

    What I cherished the most about THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS is that each scene works as a standalone.

    But at the end of the day I just have tremendous problems with the story that I just cannot overlook. I would've loved THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS if it wouldn't venture into the dangerous territory of romanticization. Had the memory just been something else. Sigh.

    As someone with a chronic illness that does affect their memory, I just have to make remarks about the problematicness of this narrative. The whole premise of Flora remembering nothing since the accident that left her without a short term memory but then suddenly falling in love with a boy and getting cured...? Oh hell no.

    Flora even says this herself that Drake's kiss "healed" her brain. This is exactly where THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS ventures into difficult and problematic territory. I stopped identifying with Flora's story the second it became about the boy.

    While I understand that she thinks like this to some degree, Barr doesn't try to open a dialogue about this.

    Flora is constantly portrayed as a weird outsider that has no chance of ever being like her peers. The antagonist of the story is Flora's illness. And this is just so damaging, so unnecessary. THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS uses her illness as a gimmick to tell an ~edgy~ story instead of even remotely considering that there are people out there who are affected with similar illnesses. It's insensitive. Very much unapologetically so and I just can't condone this, I just can't ignore all this and rate this based on the entertainment factor.

    Rating:

    ★☆☆☆☆

    THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS isn't a story for chronically-ill people or anyone who struggles with serious memory problems. At no point does it try to give representation to sick people - it only wants to give healthy people an edgy premise to be entertained by. I found it very insensitive and offensive as someone with serious memory problems due to chronic illness. Can we just stop pretending falling in love cures all illnesses?

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  • Alessandra Crivelli
    Jan 19, 2017

    The review is spoiler free, so no worries :)

    I received this book as an e-arc on the day of its released. GOD, I LOVED THIS BOOK.

    I have a bunch of things to say about this so I'm gonna write a full review as soon as possible but this book needs to be read.

    I really liked it!

  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    Nov 20, 2016

    Flora Banks is one of the most unique characters I've come across this year! I loved how the writing style reflected her memory loss by always summing up what had happened in the previous chapters, I loved how I always felt like I could never really trust what was going on, and I loved reading about Flora's adventure and all her discoveries about the past, her family and herself.

    I'm going to try and explain the reading experience with an analogy: You know how in the shower, when you're all into

    Flora Banks is one of the most unique characters I've come across this year! I loved how the writing style reflected her memory loss by always summing up what had happened in the previous chapters, I loved how I always felt like I could never really trust what was going on, and I loved reading about Flora's adventure and all her discoveries about the past, her family and herself.

    I'm going to try and explain the reading experience with an analogy: You know how in the shower, when you're all intoxicated by your nice marshmallow body wash and suddenly, you get this epiphany about the your mental health or what your place is in the world? (If you don't just go with me on this one.) That's how I felt the whole time I was reading this book.

    Refreshing, addicting and slightly overwhelming, The One Memory of Flora Banks is definitely a book I won't be forgetting any time soon!

  • Liz Barnsley
    Nov 29, 2016

    I LOVED this book.

    All because of Flora. Sometimes a character just speaks to you and Flora has an amazingly strong and indelible voice – the whole of this story is told from her point of view, although often necessarily repetitive each reboot she gives to herself has added nuance and emotion – Emily Barr moving the story forward with gentle yet incredibly addictive pace. This is one of those books I label beautiful – beautiful writing, beautiful characters and in the end a whole truck load of be

    I LOVED this book.

    All because of Flora. Sometimes a character just speaks to you and Flora has an amazingly strong and indelible voice – the whole of this story is told from her point of view, although often necessarily repetitive each reboot she gives to herself has added nuance and emotion – Emily Barr moving the story forward with gentle yet incredibly addictive pace. This is one of those books I label beautiful – beautiful writing, beautiful characters and in the end a whole truck load of beautifully emotional shots through the heart.

    Utterly compelling throughout as we follow Flora, learning about herself, those around her, then doing it all over again readjusting her senses, one of the strongest components of this particular story is within the relationships she forms with others. Her best friend, her parents, those she meets along the way, all seen by the reader through the filter of Flora’s memory. Her notes to herself form her next decision process, she is alive on the page and absolutely captured my heart.

    The scene setting is also gorgeous – from Penzance to Svalbard the author paints a picture, again filtered through this girl, Flora, who is seeing it all for the first time all the time – it made me want to follow the journey she takes, to the land of the midnight sun. One day perhaps I will.

    There is a mystery element layered into the story, the feeling that there is more to Flora’s situation than meets the eye, that perhaps not everyone is being honest with her – the whole novel is a journey of discovery not only for Flora but for the other characters we learn about along the way and for the reader. It made me cry. Proper real cathartic tears.Flora’s life rules may be ones to live by.

    For me a truly wonderful novel. If this is how Emily Barr is going to write YA then I’m going to read every single one. But there will never be another Flora..

    Highly Recommended. Be brave and watch out for Polar Bears…

  • Lucy Powrie
    Nov 30, 2016

    I was extremely disappointed with this. A book where the protagonist has memory loss but somehow remembers kissing a boy, which changes her life and makes her doubt everything? Not for me. It was a lot more than cliché.

    I ended up skipping most of the middle because I had no interest in it. It had lots of potential, and a satisfactory ending, but I personally didn't feel like the right story was being told. It would have been much better if it had started with the ending!

  • Kelly
    Jan 06, 2017

    This story was a real

    in every sense of the word. I was swept up in the emotion, the sadness, the beauty, the wonder, the honesty. I

    this one.

    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

    This story was a real

    in every sense of the word. I was swept up in the emotion, the sadness, the beauty, the wonder, the honesty. I

    this one.

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    Jan 19, 2017

    It is the golden question. Part of me really liked this book for it's interesting representation of amnesia. And I applaud it for

    so deep in an amnesiacs point of view, that the story literally went in circles so many times. BUT THAT SAYING...it is extremely hard to read a book that is doing a tango in a circle. Like A+ for making the reader fully understand Flora's life. But also if I have to read the phrase "I kissed Drake" one more time I WILL LOSE M

    It is the golden question. Part of me really liked this book for it's interesting representation of amnesia. And I applaud it for

    so deep in an amnesiacs point of view, that the story literally went in circles so many times. BUT THAT SAYING...it is extremely hard to read a book that is doing a tango in a circle. Like A+ for making the reader fully understand Flora's life. But also if I have to read the phrase "I kissed Drake" one more time I WILL LOSE MY BATMAN SOCKS AND SCREAM.

    So. We have a complicated relationship, Flora and I.

    Although I predicted them, ahem. But I still enjoyed the reveals??? So that's good???

    Basically she is Dory from Finding Nemo. I really really enjoyed reading about Flora (definitely in the beginning) and I loved her voice and character. She's super sweet but has noooo idea what's going on with her life because she remembers naught.

    I...I have problems with this. She definitely wasn't "cured" but it did annoy me that this was the ONE memory she could hang onto. A boy. A boooooy. ARGH A BOY. And she obsessed over him so much and literally her ONLY thought was that she kissed him. She didn't know him. She didn't love him. She just loved the fact that she remembered something.

    Because Flora is rather innocent and naive, so it makes sense that doing something "normal" (like kissing a boy) was what she wanted and the strength of her personal achievement to keep that memory is pretty great.

    (If you can call it a romance.) It was more frustrating to read about than trying to eat lasagna while reading and not make the darn book look like it was just posing as a side character in A ZOMBIE HORROR MASSACRE BECAUSE APPARENTLY I'M NOT COORDINATED.

    I digress.

    And of course the book repeats and repeats and repeats itself because Flora couldn't remember anything. I

    being a sour lemon dipped in sour skittles because this seemed a good way to represent Flora's story and disability. SO I APPRECIATED IT BUT YET IT WAS TEDIOUS. #sorry

    Like Flora learning about herself! Flora's wonderful friendship with her childhood BFF, Paige! Flora getting in contact with her adorable and lovely older brother! Flora meeting masses of lovely people in the Arctic who literally proved that people in this universe CAN STILL BE WONDERFUL. Flora's mixture of adulting + childish wonder and adventure. And I kind of loved how it was partially set in the Arctic because AWESOME. I would die of cold since I am Australian have never seen snow...but whatever. I WANNA GO TO THE ARCTIC.

    • why Flora's parents didn't come fetch her immediately (they were in another country looking after sick brother, but

    )

    • why Paige didn't own up what happened

    • how annoying the very very final plot twist was with the parents because I've read it in other books and ARGH IT'S ANNOYING

    • how all the strangers in the book spontaneously dropped everything to be lovely and help Flora because newsflash: it's nice but unrealistic

    Especially since the book just spun in circles around "I KISSED DRAKE" when I just wanted to strangle Drake. And I thought, at times, Flora's disability was treated like "no big deal" when she could literally die because of not remember where/who/what she was. Hmm.

    SO GOOD AND BAD. Obviously go read it and let me know what you think!

  • ireadnovels.wordpress.com
    Feb 16, 2017

    Absolutely brilliant. This story will stay with me for a long time. Flora Banks found a letter saying that when she was ten a tumour grew in her brain and when she was eleven a surgeon took it out with her of memory going with it. Now Flora can't remember how to do things and since that her memory has gone she can't make new memories. She has Anterograde Amnesia and can keep memories in her head for only a couple of hours. Flora's best friend is going out with Drake, but after a party Drake kiss

    Absolutely brilliant. This story will stay with me for a long time. Flora Banks found a letter saying that when she was ten a tumour grew in her brain and when she was eleven a surgeon took it out with her of memory going with it. Now Flora can't remember how to do things and since that her memory has gone she can't make new memories. She has Anterograde Amnesia and can keep memories in her head for only a couple of hours. Flora's best friend is going out with Drake, but after a party Drake kisses Flora and Flora remembers this and writes it down so she never forgets the kiss. Things start go really bad for Flora after kissing her best friends boyfriend. I can promise you that there are twists in this story that you won't see coming and that's why I highly recommend The One Memory Of Flora Banks.