This is the second of 7 reads that I won from a giveaway on Twitter that I decided to review this week!
Title: The One Memory of Flora Banks
Author: Emily Barr
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
This book is about a girl who has anterograde amnesia, which doesn’t allow her to make new memories. She can remember things that happened before her injury, including her mother, father, and best friend Paige. The story follows Flora’s quest to take back the boy she loves in the most adventurous of ways, by traveling to the Arctic.
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I think it was one of those that I was most looking forward to and it ended up being a great read. I was surprised at many turns and I was also confused at many turns, but more on that later. Flora’s character comes off so sweet and innocent that you can’t help but smile. She writes recent memories on her hand/arm so she doesn’t forget them and somehow that was cute to me and an ingenious way of helping her remember. I also felt bad for her in some ways, where she forgot simple things that we take for granted in remembering, such as eating and taking pills. Flora meets many people throughout her adventure that she does forget but they help her as best they can on her quest to find her one true love. But, things aren’t as they seem and she gets mixed up along the way in some situations that are plenty dangerous. I thought the travel aspect was pretty cool and it made me want to get on a plane right then and jet off to somewhere new! I also liked the mention of Paris, which is my favorite city on this Earth, in case you didn’t know.
I was confused by the end because a lot had changed in her journey and I began to see characters completely opposite than how I saw them in the beginning. I thought that was actually pretty neat but it also made me say ‘wait, what was true and what wasn’t?’ At the end of the book. I absolutely hated her parents by the end of the book. It made me realize that what parents might think is best for a child really isn’t in some situations and they actually can do more harm than good. I also didn’t like her friend Paige at first but she grew on me, ending up my favorite character at the end of the book (other than Flora, of course!). She cares so much for her friend and sacrifices so much to make sure than she is okay and well cared for. That warmed my heart for sure and I would cherish a friend like Paige if I was Flora! Flora’s brother also becomes a major part of the book as well and his character is great. I didn’t give this book 5 stars because it was confusing at times and that made it hard to follow. I was going back and forth a lot to make sure what had happened really happened and it was a bit frustrating.
I would recommend this book to those who are fans of contemporaries and enjoy a story about self-discovery and fighting all odds.
Happy reading! ~ Taylor