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The One Memory of Flora Banks

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  16,839 ratings  ·  2,733 reviews
It’s not a lie if you can’t remember the truth.

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. Mira
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Philomel Books (first published January 12th 2017)
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Unfortunately didn't really care for this one at all ...more
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡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
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
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: https://youtu.be/4e3GDWNf2dc
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!
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ukya, arcs, stand-alones
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
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.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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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 c
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
Lilith Black Bee
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not gonna lie, at one poit after page 30, l think, l started to be hella confused! I was like, what the hell am l reading here?! And this continued on and on, but something kept me reading. Even if it felt like my brain was melting! And let me tell you this. I am glad l read every single page of it! Was a beautiful journey! Yes, with ups and downs, but a beautiful one! And the ending just melted my heart...
Feb 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Katerina  Kondrenko
1.5 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
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Sevdaliza – Darkest Hour
Ana Zimmer - Young and Brave
WENS - Life

Genre: contemp, YA
Stuff: anterograde amnesia, Arctic
Fail: everything
WOW: nothing
POV: 1st person, female
Love Geometry: sick

Quote Core:  «The inside of my head is out of control».


I've been waiting f
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
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.
Elle (ellexamines)
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
This book... oh, this book. I was really excited for this one and now I wish I hadn't been. I don't really want to review this one at too much length because it was so tedious to read and even more stressful to talk about.

Firstly - it took me so, so long to get into it. I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters so I put it down to read something else first. It was only after I saw my currently reading list that I decided to pick it up again - purely to get it off of that shelf. My bad fe
Kate (beautifulbookland)
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
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 thin
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
Mar 19, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't a dream, it was all a lie.

There is no better definition - borrowed from The Great Gatsby - to describe this novel.
Apparently a quiet story of a chronic forgetful, it ultimately turns out to be a bittersweet tragedy.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't expect better but, in the end, I'm happy that the ending raises the story a bit. We’re even, I guess.

I admire the willpower of the protagonist, her iron will cling to the only memory that remains imprinted in her mind. It’s also morbid and ann
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!
I received a copy of The One Memory of Flora Banks from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review.

I thought this sounded really interesting when I first read the synopsis. When the book arrived it came with a letter, which is from the book, and it made me want to read it even more. I did enjoy the book but there was one thing that annoyed me. Flora was very repetitive and I get why but reading the same things over and over drove me crazy. I know Flora has amnesia so she has to read notes more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
3.75 ⭐️

If Flora likes Drake and Drake said that he isnt dating Paige so they kiss and Drake leaves to go to another country or something then the next day Flora remembers that kiss. Flora hasn't remembered anything since she was ten after her accident so when she remembers kissing Drake it must fate. But Pagie says hell no hes my boyfriend whats the matter with you, friendship over. Drake must be a real jerk to keep playing both girls. One that forgets everynight like in fifty first dates and t
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
May 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017, audio-book-2017
This book pissed me off like no other book has in a while. Was this a story about a girl with the inability to form long term memories or a girl with instalove who chooses to risk her life to find a boy? I'M CONFUSED. Here are some things that I know about this book:

- I never want to hear the name Drake again.
- Flora's mom needs to be committed.
- Flora's best friend, Paige, is a jerk.
- Flora apparently has the ability to develop instalove and outtalove (is that a word?) She can turn it off at wi
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
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