It plays with perspective in a way that I've never seen before, which was both thrilling and a little haunting to read. The book is from the point of view of a girl named Flora who has Anterograde Amnesia, meaning that her memory "resets" every few hours. Flora navigates her life by writing notes for herself, but for the majority of the book, the readers still know a lot more than the main character. The author does a great job of getting the reader inside the characters head, which is why it's especially heartbreaking when Flora wakes up not remembering any of the events that had just transpired. I also found myself at the edge of my seat through Flora's adventure in the novel, due to a deep connection I felt to the character and the sense of concern I had for her as well. Overall, Barr played with dramatic irony, perspective, and character development in a very skillful way, even managing to throw in some good plot twists at the end. The novel also strongly reminded me of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, for those of you who've read it. I would give it a 4 out of 5 stars.
Review by: Eva V.
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr is a beautiful and brilliant book. It is about a girl who has anterograde amnesia; Flora is unable to create new memories after she was 10. However, she is able to remember her first kiss with Drake, and sets off to the end of the Earth to find him. This romance novel is a tale of self-discovery and growing up. The One Memory of Flora Banks proves that people can do anything -- there is no such thing as "no such thing".
By Sophie G.
The One Memory of Flora Banks is a heartwarming story about Flora, a seventeen year old girl with anterograde amnesia. In other words, she has been unable to create new memories since she was ten, leaving her with the mind of a ten year old. One day, however, after kissing a certain boy, Flora finds herself remembering the kiss; this astonishing moment sparks her excitement and eventually leads her on a journey all the way to the North Pole, just to find him.
Despite the captivating plot and characters, I had to give it 4 out of 5 stars because of Flora unreliable narration. Due to her illness, she forgets events easily; so throughout the entire book, Flora repeats the phrase "I kissed Drake" over and over until I wanted to flip a table over.
In the end though, I realized how truly inspiring Flora's story is. Her determination and perseverance proved that even though she had a mental trait that limited her abilities, she was still capable of achieving her goals.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
By Jasmine L.