Review | The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

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Be brave.

With only those two words inked on her hand, Flora loses her short term memory each day. The removal of a tumour took some of her memory with it. Until the day she kisses Drake; the first memory to remain in her mind since she lost it. 

Determined to try and regain her memory, and convinced that Drake is the key, Flora travels across the globe to follow him – and her memories. 

So, Flora forgets everything that she is told. It kind of reminds me of the Silence from Doctor Who; she writes things on her hands, has a journal that she reads when she forgets, and yet. And yet. She goes on a trip across the world because of a BOY. *sigh*

I don’t think I would be as irritated had Flora done something like, I don’t know, tell her parents where she was going? Nah.

To be honest, this book actually wasn’t as bad as I am angrily making it out to be. Whilst Flora irritated the sh*t out of me, I really enjoyed reading this. The ending was not what I expected, and I found it really fascinating! Also, I really want to travel to Northern Europe and the Arctic, where she was, and I thought that Emily Barr made a really great atmosphere. I liked how Flora was trying to navigate the world. My memory is so important to me, and it the thought of me ever losing it terrifies me!

For some reason as well, the parents were absent for? like? half? Okay, so they were off doing something admittedly very important, but Flora was in the middle of the Arctic, trying to go after this guy (WHO WAS A COMPLETE AND UTTER DOUCHEBAG AND CAN WE HAVE MORE TIMES IN YA WHERE THE PROTAG REALISES HOW MUCH OF A DICK THE LOVE INTEREST IS PLEASE?!) and she could literally DIE from not remembering… and yet the still didn’t drop everything to come and get her!? Or even ONE parent coming to get her?! They just let her chill in the Arctic (pun intended).

Also Drake was annoying, and I hated him. Gah.

Overall? I think that this was a really interesting debut novel! I was lucky enough to meet Emily Barr at YALC 2017, and she is a lovely human who signed my arc of the TRUTH AND LIES OF ELLA BLACK (which I have yet to read but I will get to it soon, honest!). I also loved the motif of “Flora, Be Brave,” although perhaps more helpful like, “Flora, call mum at: xxxxxxxxxx” would have been slightly more helpful.

Thank you so much to NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!


3 thoughts on “Review | The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

    1. Thanks for reading my review! I read this book about 9 months ago, so the details are a bit shady I will admit! 😛 I did really like it as well, I’m looking forwar to reading Barr’s next book. Thanks, I’ll make sure to check it out!

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