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The One Memory of Flora Banks

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I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE.
Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can't remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.
Then she kisses someone she shouldn't, and the next day she remembers it. It's the first time she's remember
Paperback, 303 pages
Published January 12th 2017 by Penguin
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C.G. Drews
Agh what do I even feel right now. It is the golden question. Part of me really liked this book for it's interesting representation of amnesia. And I applaud it for writing so deep in an amnesiacs point of view, that the story literally went in circles so many times. BUT THAT is extremely hard to read a book that is doing a tango in a circle. Like A+ for making the reader fully understand Flora's life. But also if I have to read the phrase "I kissed Drake" one more time I WILL LOSE M ...more
Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
Unfortunately didn't really care for this one at all
☘Misericordia☘  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
Unexpected delight worthy of 100 golden stars!
Flora has anterograde amnesia and she rocks! She does stupid stuff, I concede, but HOW she does it! Gosh! The wisdom that shines along is unsurpassable.
!Beware of spoilers!

DD 23/02/2018. A beautiful fantasy of a book! The premise is stupid-ish, of course. Still, no one said we can't switch on our fantasies every once in a while and think of the world as some miracle in the making. And because it's SO invoking, it basically grabs you and doesn't all
Trina (Between Chapters)
3.5 stars.

I don't have a written review of this book because I did a sponsored video review and it is against Goodreads policy to post sponsored reviews here. If you want to know my thoughts, you can see my spoiler free video review here:
Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ukya, stand-alones, arcs
Flora Banks is one of the most unique characters I've come across this year! I loved how the writing style reflected her memory loss by always summing up what had happened in the previous chapters, I loved how I always felt like I could never really trust what was going on, and I loved reading about Flora's adventure and all her discoveries about the past, her family and herself.

I'm going to try and explain the reading experience with an analogy: You know how in the shower, when you're all into
Trigger warnings: death of a sibling, child abuse??? (view spoiler)


I was pretty intrigued by this book when I heard about it at an event late last year. I mean...teenage girl with amnesia who hasn't made a new memory in 7 years suddenly has a new memory after kissing her best friend's boyfriend? It definitely piqued my interest.


I had a lot of prob
Heather 'Bookables'
3 out of 5.

Interesting premise but didnt love the writing style.
I did enjoy the ending but was looking for something more from this book.
Overall ok.
Who am I?
Where am I?
What Just Happened?

If you are asking these questions either you are Flora Banks or you just got finished reading The One Memory of Flora Banks.

I have no fucking idea how I'm suppose to describe this book. I can't really tell you anything because I don't won't to spoil it. I almost didn't even read this book because I thought it was going to be one of those books where love cures our protagonist of her very serious illness. I'm so glad I read it because that is not what thi
Lucy Powrie
I was extremely disappointed with this. A book where the protagonist has memory loss but somehow remembers kissing a boy, which changes her life and makes her doubt everything? Not for me. It was a lot more than cliché.

I ended up skipping most of the middle because I had no interest in it. It had lots of potential, and a satisfactory ending, but I personally didn't feel like the right story was being told. It would have been much better if it had started with the ending!
This story was a real whirlwind in every sense of the word. I was swept up in the emotion, the sadness, the beauty, the wonder, the honesty. I really, really enjoyed this one.

The One Memory of Flora Banks tells the story of Flora, a seventeen year old who suffers with anterograde amnesia. Flora has vivid memories of her childhood but now her brain resets itself every few hours and she forgets everything. Through a series of notes written to herself, Flora restarts her life every few hours. This
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

I would like to thank NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Penguin Young Readers Group for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review

Wow this has been a very strong and difficult journey, it wasn't at all what I expected, but I still end up enjoying it a lot, a roller coaster of emotions!


5/5 Stars

You can find this one and more of my reviews in mi blog A Book. A Thought.

Flora is our main character she's a 17 year old girl who after a tragic event doesn't remember anything about her life
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Memories, family, love, friendship, betrayal.

I don't really know how or what to feel right now.

This will take time.

Edit 19/12/2017: Yup, I still can't put my feelings into words.
Olivia (The Candid Cover)
4.5 Stars

The One Memory of Flora Banks is the kind of book that will keep you hooked. This story is about a girl who is unable to create new memories and travels to Norway in hopes of restoring her memory. I loved the suspense that comes along with the unreliable narrator and the bond between Flora and her brother. I absolutely recommend this book!

This book has a concept that drew me in right from the beginning. Flora Banks is a girl with amnesia who is unable to create new memories for herself.
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant. This story will stay with me for a long time. Flora Banks found a letter saying that when she was ten a tumour grew in her brain and when she was eleven a surgeon took it out with her of memory going with it. Now Flora can't remember how to do things and since that her memory has gone she can't make new memories. She has Anterograde Amnesia and can keep memories in her head for only a couple of hours. Flora's best friend is going out with Drake, but after a party Drake kiss ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡Qué libro más lindo! Es díficil, muy, muy díficil, pero la autora hace un buen trabajo. Me gustó mucho.
Kate (beautifulbookland)
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, 4-stars
Oh, god, I don't know where to start with this book. I went into this blindly, only knowing the bare details. It was so much better than I expected it to be.

Flora is such a sweetheart. She suffers from short term memory loss, and has done since she was 10 years old. She is now 17, but she often has to remind herself that she isn't 10 anymore, that she's grown up now. She cannot remember the things that happen after she was 10. She can remember her mam, dad and brother, Jacob, and her best frien
Feb 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Unfortunately, there was little I liked about this book. First (and mostly) being the cover. And second - I guess the ending was okay.

This book is about Flora, who suffers from amnesia. One day she kisses her best friend's boyfriend and she remembers. Obviously remembering something is a big deal to her and soon after she goes on an adventure to find this boy again, who has moved to the Arctic.

I'm a sucker for an unreliable narrator, but couple that with a Memento-like premise and I was sold.

I liked Flora well enough. She is in an odd situation and the majority of her actions are based on that. At times it was trying to be in her head because it was so so so repetitive, but it was an effective way to tell the story.

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about parts of the plot. Namely the Drake parts. The ending was definitely interesting, but infuriating at the same time. Partially becau
Elise (TheBookishActress)
The One Memory of Flora Banks is about Flora, a girl with anterograde amnesia, kissing a boy, Drake. But here's the difference: she remembers it.

I know, I know. That premise sounds like a weird romantic drama. It sounds like instalove waiting to happen. It sounds like yet another book about love curing illnesses, because that's totally a thing that happens. And at first, I believed that too. For quite a bit of the book, Flora believed she was falling in love with Drake, and it was incredibly bo
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
Do you know those games? Where you're supposed to imagine you wake up in a room with several items and you're supposed to figure out where you are, who you are and where you're going based on clues? Well, that is Flora's - who is the main character - life, that's her everyday existence. The idea of it is pretty daunting, and the book does a good job of making you feel like you're in this experience.

However, it takes an awfully long time to go anywhere - partly because of precisely the same thing
Initial reaction: I need to think on this one a while, because while the ending of this came to a close much better than I originally thought for the direction it intended to go, I found myself liking some parts of this book and disliking most of it for the way it was presented and dealt with certain things in the progression. Trying to decide a rating between 2 and 3 stars, but still undecided.

Full review:

I read this book over a week ago and I'm still having a hard time figuring what my end tho
I had to round this novel up because I think the writing is beautiful and impressive. I can't recall reading a book with such a unique narrator that is more convincing than Flora. Flora suffers from anterograde amnesia and the way the author was able to capture her story, her voice, and her thoughts are amazing. The execution really is top notch.

But--because, of course, there is a but--while I easily connected with the characters and was intrigued and completely taken with Flora, I just didn't
Liz Barnsley
I LOVED this book.

All because of Flora. Sometimes a character just speaks to you and Flora has an amazingly strong and indelible voice – the whole of this story is told from her point of view, although often necessarily repetitive each reboot she gives to herself has added nuance and emotion – Emily Barr moving the story forward with gentle yet incredibly addictive pace. This is one of those books I label beautiful – beautiful writing, beautiful characters and in the end a whole truck load of be
Alessandra Crivelli

The review is spoiler free, so no worries :)

I received this book as an e-arc on the day of its released. GOD, I LOVED THIS BOOK.

I have a bunch of things to say about this so I'm gonna write a full review as soon as possible but this book needs to be read.
I really liked it!
Ze začátku jsem myslela, že Floru nebudu moct vystát. Neskutečně mě iritovalo, jak neustále opakovala věci... Po odletu na Špicberky ale začla úplně nová kniha, která mě neskutečně vtáhla do děje. Pokud jste na tom tedy jako já... prokousejte se začátkem, to potom je fakt síla. Neskutečně emotivní příběh, který mi i vehnal slzy do očí.

Simona Stoica
Descrierea perfectă: suferința din „O fată din bucăți”, neputința din „Flori pentru Algernon” și inocența din „Camera”.
Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
"Vivo este momento. Vivir el momento siempre que pueda debe ser una de mis normas de vida. Para eso no hace falta tener memoria".

En realidad, cuando empecé a leer El Único Recuerdo de Flora Banks no me esperaba nada y no tenía ni idea de cómo sería la historia, pero lo que me encontré me sorprendió muchísimo.

Aquí tenemos a Flora, nuestra protagonista, una chica de 17 años que dejó de crear recuerdos desde que tenía 10 debido a un accidente. Flora tiene amnesia anterógrada y se olvida de todo lo
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I guess this is a coming of age + story, with interesting themes of independence and guilt. The writing style was interesting and the repetition was a good demonstration of the confusion and piecing together of information experienced by flora.
At just offer 300 pages it was a quick and easy read.
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Emily Barr worked as a journalist in London, but always hankered after a quiet room and a book to write. She went travelling for a year, writing a column in the Guardian about it as she went, and it was there that she had an idea for a novel set in the world of backpackers in Asia. This became Backpack, which won the WH Smith New Talent Award. She has since written eleven more adult novels publish ...more
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“I am really here. Yet I know I am not. I am inside something that must be buried in my head. I am layers deep in my own brain.” 14 likes
“I want to see how I can exist by myself. I want to be allowed to live inside my memory.” 13 likes
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