The One Memory Of Flora Banks by Emily BarrThe One Memory Of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

The One Memory Of Flora Banks

byEmily Barr

Hardcover | May 2, 2017

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A cross between Memento and Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, this is a unique, breathtaking page-turner about a girl with no short-term memory and her remarkable journey to find the one boy able to penetrate her fractured mind.

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. She lives under the careful watch of her parents, in a town she is familiar with, among people who are equally familiar with her story. She has not been able to recall any part of her past since she was ten, when the tumor that was removed from her 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 singular memory pierces Flora's fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake and their shared kiss are 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 in reclaiming her life.

With little more than the tattoo "be brave" inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is, how old, where she lives, and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to the land of the midnight sun—Svalbard, Norway. There she is determined to find Drake, and to explore the romantic possibilities and hopeful future that their reunion promises her. 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.

Rich with psychological twists, powerful moments of hope, despair, and confusion, and a landscape very much a character unto itself, The One Memory of Flora Banks is an emotionally compelling and immersive read that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, the depths of the human heart, and the power of the human mind.
EMILY BARR began her career as a journalist at the Guardian before realizing that she was more drawn toward books. After taking a year to go backpacking for a column assignment, she returned home with the idea for her first book, Backpack, and never looked back. She has since written 11 other books for adults. The One Memory of Flora B...
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Title:The One Memory Of Flora BanksFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.6 × 5.8 × 0.9 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770499857

ISBN - 13:9781770499850

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from I didn't like I got this as an arc and I found it meh. It was alot of repeat after repeat it have been better
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I am so so so so happy that I own this book. it’s got so many wonderful side characters and has such a unique and beautiful setting. This book both broke and warmed my heart — made me laugh and cry. Omg! This book is so much better than Everything, Everything. I had so many issues with that story and this is just a better less eye-rolling version! I was concerned I might be annoyed by the repetitiveness but not at all. It’s heartbreaking and kind of funny and there is adventure and even some sweetness. Flora, her brother and her travels were so wonderful to read about. It really touches on unnecessary medicating, broken families and long-term PTSD but without being super depressing or casting someone as the villain. I will definitely be rereading this in years to come.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An unforgettable story of a girl who can't remember An unforgettable story about a girl who can't remember. Imagine that surgeons remove a brain tumour to save your life, yet at the same time they also remove your ability to form short term memories. Ever since that fateful day, Flora Banks lives only in the present. She doesn't remember what she did hours earlier yet alone yesterday, last week, nor last month. Her last memories were formed when she was ten. This all changes the night she kisses a boy. The next morning she remembers she kissed Drake. Wow, this is huge for Flora. It changes her life. From that moment she knows she has to find that boy and determine if he is the key to unlocking her memories. This is an outstanding novel. I was captivated by Flora's unravelling story. I had to bribe myself to put it down when real life called to me. Author Emily Barr has done a terrific job of getting inside Flora's head. At one moment if felt as though I was listening in on ten your old Flora, and then when she remembered the kiss, she once again 17 and I'm listening to a teenager. The coping strategies she uses are exactly those that a family friend, with almost no short term memory, uses. I can see some parallels in their experiences and the confusion that they experience. It is interesting to see how those around her respond. Her parents almost smother her, leaving her with essentially no choice, and no life. Her friend Paige and her brother Jacob respect the individual within Flora and encourage her to live in the present. One important theme in the novel is the power of lies. Several characters in this story are caught telling lies. All of them harmful Even Flora lies when she tells people that she remembers them Without giving away any plot points, lying to protect someone, even ones self will always end up harming another, often in unseen or unexpected ways. I highly recommend this book. It will make you wonder about your own daily life, how much you have changed over the years and how important your memories of those changes are. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay This was okay, really repetitive up until the last couple chapters, but there was a predictable plot twist that was interesting.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from different! Makes for interesting read!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read about perseverance This is the unique story of Flora, a girl who lost all memories after the age of ten. To remember day-to-day things she writes on her arm and in her journal. When her best friend invites her to a party one memory from that evening, a kiss, remains with her. Flora takes us on a journey of her struggles to be normal, and a search for her boyfriend in Norway. A compelling read for ages 12 and up.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting. I'm on the fence about this one. I liked and didn't like it. I almost gave up on it about halfway because it seemed to drag but I'm glad I stuck it out to find out what happens. The writing is good and it's an interesting story.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr It is the golden question. Part of me really liked this book for it's interesting representation of amnesia. And I applaud it for writing 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. 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.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick read This is a really fun, quick read that will keep you wondering what is actually going on. With twists and turns along the way you won't want to put it down.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it!!! If you haven't read this book yet, then you should. There are so many twists and turns, the ending will leave you with a sense of satisfaction.
Date published: 2017-03-24

Editorial Reviews

An EW Most Anticipated YA Novel of 2017One of Bank Street’s Best Children's Books of The Year (2017)"[A] remarkable odyssey...an enthralling story...a deftly, compassionately written mystery.” —STARRED REVIEW, Booklist"Barr’s tale mingles Oliver Sacks–like scientific curiosity with Arctic adventure and YA novel in a way that’s equally unsettling, winsome, and terrifying." —STARRED REVIEW, Horn Book“[T]otally immersive . . . Emily Barr throws in some breathtaking twists.” —Globe and Mail"Perfect for fans of both young adult romance and psychological thrillers, The One Memory of Flora Banks is destined to become one of your favorite beach reads of 2017. Promise." —Bustle"Mesmerizing, electric, and achingly lovely, The One Memory of Flora Banks is unforgettable. One of the best YA novels I've read in a very long time." —Jennifer Niven, New York Times-bestselling author of All the Bright Places"Ultimately, this title will leave readers with a sense of hope and faith in the human spirit....A strong choice for YA shelves." —School Library Journal"Flora’s situation may be singular, but her desire for autonomy should speak loudly to teens in the midst of their own journeys into adulthood." —Publishers Weekly"An affecting portrayal of living with amnesia and discovering one's own agency." —Kirkus Reviews"[T]his is [Barr's] first YA novel and it is a good one. It will not be forgotten by readers." —VOYA"An extraordinarily moving and original novel, a story of secrecy and lie, love and loss that manages to be both heart-breaking and life-affirming...Barr’s first novel for teenagers...is as brave as Flora herself." —Daily Mail"An icily atmospheric story...captivating...[a] pacy page-turner that packs a significant emotional punch." —The Guardian