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The One Memory of Flora Banks Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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Praise for The One Memory of Flora Banks:
An EW Most Anticipated YA Novel of 2017
★ "[A] remarkable odyssey...an enthralling story...a deftly, compassionately written mystery.” —Booklist, *STARRED*
★ "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." —Horn Book, starred review
"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
"[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
About the Author
Emily Barr (www.emilybarr.com) began her career as a journalist at the Guardian before realizing that she was drawn more toward books. After taking a year to go backpacking for a column assignment, she returned home with the idea for her first book, the New York Times bestseller Backpack, and never looked back. She has since written 11 additional books for adults. The One Memory of Flora Banks is her young adult debut. Emily lives in Cornwall with her partner and their children. You can follow her on Twitter @emily_barr.
Top customer reviews
A great book, to get some inside in the mind of someone with mental health challenges. I really recommend it to everybody.
I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, NetGalley and Penguin Random House UK Children’s!
I looked forward to the ending, to be honest, and while I loved part of it (a letter) I hated the twist it took and I definitely regretted reading it at that point.
The absolute best part of the story is Flora's relationship with her older brother. I loved their emails and how he treats her. Unfortunately, he's only a small part of the story.
The prologue opens with an abstract scene from a beautiful, cold place. The narrator is running away from a dangerous hut; she can’t remember why.
Chapter one begins in Penzance, Cornwall. Seventeen year old Flora Banks is at a party, observing rather than participating; she's feeling self-conscious about wearing what she considers the wrong type of clothes. The party is for Drake, her best friend Paige's boyfriend, who is leaving to study in Svalbord, a Norwegian town in the Arctic circle.
Flora has Anterograde Amnesia left from a brain tumour when she was ten. To aid her ill-functioning memory, Flora writes herself notes: on her hands, on post-it notes and in her notebook. At home, there are notes written all over the house to remind her of family life.
Flora’s only friend is Paige, but they fall out when Paige discovers that Flora kissed Drake at the party. For Flora is was a spark of hope; she remembered the kiss the next day and the day after; it remains with her, precious in her memory.
Circumstances conspire to leave Flora home alone, and she worries how she will cope without the support of her family, but is warmed by her secret feelings for Drake; though miles away, he keeps in touch with her, and she soon realises that her feelings are reciprocated. The hope of happiness and need to see him takes her on a difficult, potentially perilous, journey, through Norway and up to Svalbord
This is such a moving read. Emily Barr has created a great sense of Flora’s world as she writes notes, reads and re-reads them; we're pulled right in and live life through Flora’s eyes. The courage she shows as she picks herself up from moments of panic and tears to once again “Be Brave” brought tears to my eyes, and I was one hundred percent behind Flora as she made a last decision to take control of her own life. I highly recommend this book to both young and old readers.