The One Memory of Flora Banks

The One Memory of Flora Banks

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It’s not a lie if you can’t remember the truth.
“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
Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s 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 one memory breaks through Flora's fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is 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—in Svalbard, Norway—Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.
But will following Drake be the key to unlocking Flora’s memory? Or will the journey reveal that nothing is quite as it seems?
Already a bestselling debut in the UK, this unforgettable novel is Memento meets We Were Liars and will have you racing through the pages to unravel the truth.

Praise for The One Memory of Flora Banks:

An EW Most Anticipated YA Novel of 2017

★ "[A] remarkable enthralling story...a deftly, compassionately written mystery.” —Booklist, starred review

★ "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 as brave as Flora herself." —Daily Mail

"An icily atmospheric story...captivating...[a] pacy page-turner that packs a significant emotional punch." —The Guardian

Baker & Taylor
A girl with no short-term memory experiences a miraculous connection in her fractured mind upon kissing a certain boy and embarks on a remarkable, against-all-odds journey to reunite with him on the other side of the world as part of an effort to reclaim her life. A first young adult novel. Simultaneous eBook.

Publisher: Philomel Books,, 2017
ISBN: 9780399547034
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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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.

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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