The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Being seventeen is hard. It’s even harder, though, if you can’t remember anything since you were ten-years-old. So it is for Flora Banks. That is, until she experiences her first kiss and suddenly has a new memory. Flora is the teenager I wish I could have been; brave, adventurous, and filled with wonder. I laughed with her, cried with her, and couldn’t believe how proud I felt of this wonderful fictional teenager. This is a book for anyone who is doubting his or her abilities or feeling lost in life. If Flora can do it, you can too. I read this book in less than 24 hours.

My one complaint is that, because Flora can only remember for small periods of time, the book became incredibly repetitive for huge chunks of the book (which, I know I know, is the point).  But, it did make the times when this repetition didn’t occur all the more powerful and fascinating.  I almost wish that Flora was a real person so that I could check up on her and see how things are going for her since the book ended.

The One Memory of Flora Banks comes out May 2, 2017.

4-stars

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