The One Memory of Flora Banks

The One Memory of Flora Banks

eBook - 2017
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For the past seven years Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the tumor was removed from her brain at the age of ten. Then when she kisses Drake, her best friend's boyfriend, the night before he leaves town, this one memory breaks through Flora's fractured mind and sticks. She's convinced that Drake is making her whole again. When an email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world-- in Svalbard, Norway-- will this be the first step toward reclaiming her life? Or will the journey reveal that nothing is quite as it seems?
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2017
ISBN: 9780141368528
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 volume)


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Jan 30, 2018

A young adult novel. Not sure how I feel about this novel. It centres around Flora who is 17 and has been suffering with amnesia for 7 years. Flora's life with amnesia is described in great depth and I felt bogged down in it. But there was a lovely human side to the story, which kept me reading.

AL_KELSEY Aug 14, 2017

There is a lot to this story--and a lot comes out of left field. While I didn't love the plot, I did love certain aspects of this story. Namely, this follows a teenage girl that has no short term memory due to the removal of a brain tumor when she was 11, and this story does a fantastic job of showing how frustrating that can be and the ways to try to cope with this disorder. Secondly, most of the story is set in the Arctic, which couldn't be more adventurous and exotic! There are some twists and turns along the way--and this book is sure to entertain!

JCLChrisK Aug 10, 2017

There are unreliable narrators and then there is Flora Banks.

Reliability isn't even within the realm of possibility since she forgets everything she knows every couple of pages and has to start piecing things together all over again. She writes herself notes, takes pictures with her phone, keeps her texts, but that paints a partial, fractured picture at best. And that's only if the evidence she's left herself is true, which might not always be the case.

Letting yourself become immersed in Flora's narration means entering a mind-altering fog of confusion. It means letting go of the very notion of knowing. It means embracing disorientation. It's a fascinating, intoxicating, frustrating place to be.

Deep within the mental muddle is a thrilling plot of self-discovery.

Barr has accomplished an absorbing and affecting writing feat.

May 15, 2017

This is a great story with many twists and turns, that made me cry, both with happiness and sadness. I wish there was more.

Apr 12, 2017

I have read mixed reviews on this book. I found it a very quick read. As a mother, this book made me think of my daughter. How would I feel if she couldn't keep a memory for very long? Would she try to go somewhere on her own? Would she be able to cope? What would I do to keep her safe? How far would I go? I found Flora brave and adventurous. She wants to be normal and wants to be "fixed." So I totally get why she would follow Drake because she remembers the event. I didn't care for Paige too much as she was a selfish, spoiled little brat who was no friend of Flora. This book is all about family dynamics and how communities can come together for a stranger. I really enjoyed this book and was glad the way it ended.

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