Memories | The One Memory of Flora Banks | A Review

Another wet and miserable Sunday, another review.

Today I’m reviewing The One Memory of Flora Banks, a book that I requested on NetGalley and here’s my short review on NetGalley:

This is such a beautiful book, I cried a little. I loved Flora and her ‘one memory’ and the adventure that she had – such a brave and awe-inspiring main character!


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.

I really enjoyed this book and I loved Flora! The topic of this book is a really hard thing to write about, and I have no idea how Emily Barr wrote this. You have to remember what Flora does and doesn’t remember and in this case, why does she remember one thing?

You see Flora’s character grow so much during the book and the ending is a little sad, the girl that grew too much got caged (again) but this time she has her best friend and brother to help her out – yay!

Recommend this book to lovers of YA but just a warning, it may make you cry a little!

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read Flora’s story and what you thought of it!


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