Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr | Book Review

Reading Group: Middle School+

Synopses: 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.

Cover: This book has a basic cover.  It's white with blue words and what looks like glitter or something over it.  The glitter may represent the snow that Flora sees on her adventure to Svalbard, or it may represent her memory in some way.

My Review: To be completely honest with you guys, this book didn't really do it for me.  I found it really frustrating that every three paragraphs repeated what just happened because it made me feel like I was reading about a ten-year-old and not a seventeen-year-old.  And I fully understand that this is how Flora's life and memory works, but it was boring to read.  The story is also really slow.  She's home alone for a while before she decides to go to Svalbard and then it's so long before she finds Drake.  But the last paragraph has an engrossing plot twist, and the idea of Flora getting part of her memory back comes up, but the book just ends.  I wish it spent less time with her and Drake and the second half focused on the twist and her standing up to how her parents have been treating her illness.  That would have been very interesting because Flora may have finally been able to become a seventeen-year-old.  So this book wasn't for me, but was it for you?  Maybe if I were younger, I would have enjoyed it more.

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