The One Memory of Flora Banks

The One Memory of Flora Banks

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A girl with recurring memory loss chases down the boy she loves based on the one memory she is able to hold onto.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Penguin Teen,, 2017
ISBN: 9781770499850
Characteristics: 290 pages
Alternative Title: 1 memory of Flora Banks


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Oct 09, 2018

After seeing the mixed reviews, I had no idea what to expect. I wanted to give it a chance and I'm thrilled that I did. I can see where some readers might balk at the repetitive nature of Flora's narrative, but it was that repetition that put me in Flora's mind with excruciating detail. I was deeply affected by Flora's limitations due to her amnesia. I weaved in and around feelings of anxiety, frustration, and worry, while also applauding Flora's tenacity and bravery. When I thought the story was nearing conclusion, the author lobbed a couple more doozies at me. By the end, I was cheering, smiling, and crying in equal measure.

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.

ArapahoeStaff1 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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