The One Memory of Flora Banks

Emily Barr

The One Memory of Flora Banks
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The One Memory of Flora Banks

Emily Barr

The new YA sensation you won’t be able to forget. The One Memory of Flora Banks is an incredible page-turner of a novel, full of twists and turns, against the backdrop of obsessive first love. It will appeal to fans of We Were Liars and readers of all ages who enjoy gripping commercial thrillers like Before I Go To Sleep.

Review

Flora suffers from anterograde amnesia and has done since she was 10. She can only remember things for a few hours before they disappear, although she still retains memories from the time before she was 10. She remembers her parents, her neighbourhood and that her best friend from childhood is Paige. However, she has the mind of a 10-year-old in the body of a 17-year-old, which is confusing at best. Flora navigates her life by writing notes on her hand with key details about where she is and what she is meant to be doing.

Flora’s whole world changes when, at a party, a boy kisses her: Paige’s boyfriend, no less. The next day Flora remembers the moment in its entirety; it’s the first memory she has retained since she was 10-years-old. It sets her down a path of new directions, adolescent emotions and a journey into the unknown.

Written in simple, first-person narrative from inside Flora’s head, this story is a compelling and addictive read. It can sometimes be frustrating to read Flora’s repetitive thought processes but this unique voice gives the reader empathy with the incredibly frustrating world Flora lives in.

This is a wonderful coming-of-age story about a very unusual girl who fights against her constraints. I recommend it for readers aged 12 and over, particularly those who loved Wonder and Out of My Mind.


Angela Crocombe is the Children’s Book Buyer at Readings Carlton.

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