Book Review: The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

What’s it about?


I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE.

Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can’t remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.

Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t, and the next day she remembers it. It’s the first time she’s remembered anything since she was ten.

But the boy is gone. She thinks he’s moved to the Arctic.

Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?

My thoughts

Loved it, loved it, loved it – please tell me they’ll be a sequel!!!

I bought this book based on the recommendation of another trusted book blogger ( does happen!) and I’m not going to lie when I knew it was a targeted YA I was sceptical but I went with it anyway. Oh blimey, I absolutely loved everything about this book, including the sparkly cover and its design and adore Flora.

Not gonna lie the whole first person narrative takes adjustment to especially when little things are repeated but actually given the situation and Flora’s condition it’s totally appropriate and eventually I thought it endearing but so very heartbreaking.  There was a point where I very nearly shed a tear (that takes some doing I’ll tell you).

Don’t think, as I may have done initially, that this book will be light and fluffy and not hard-hitting.  This book is very unsettling  and I think because it’s written from a 17-year-old girl’s perspective most adult women will relate to her emotions which I did but on more than one occasion I wanted, needed to mother and protect her.  Without wanting to give too much away I sensed throughout that all wouldn’t turn out as Flora hopes but I certainly wasn’t expecting what actually did.

Those of you that have read and enjoyed SJ Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep would like this, please don’t dismiss because it’s found in the teen section.  You’d really be missing out.  Overall, a totally unexpected pleasure, I’m just desperate now to find out what happens to her! 100% recommended for ALL ages!

Book links: Goodreads | Waterstones | Amazon

Author links: Website | Twitter

Small print for info
Source: Purchased
No of pages: 320
Publisher:  Penguin

5 thoughts on “Book Review: The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

  1. Claire | Art and Soul says:

    I’m delighted you loved this one too! 🙂
    I think she needs to give us a short story, just to give us a quick update of how Flora got on!

    By the way, I’ve recently read her latest which comes out next year and I’m sorry to say that, compared to Flora in particular, it was disappointing 😦
    But at least I can re-read Flora!!

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  2. notsomoderngirl says:

    I loved this book so much, I loved all the twists and turns and never spotted some of the plotlines. I’m currently reading ‘The First Wife’ by Emily Barr, and I’m hoping that adult title will live up to this one! Great review 🙂

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