The One Memory of Flora Banks Book Review
The One Memory of Flora Banks.
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, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.
With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.
I have given this book for my birthday and I heard some really great things about the characters and the storyline. So I was so excited to read all about the girl who has no short term memory, and the adventure that she goes on. I don’t quite know what I was expecting but this wasn’t it.
The one thing I found in this book was that it was SUPER repetitive, which I suppose makes sense with the main character being the way she was. But I wasn’t really impressed with how it moved the story forward, I struggled to keep up with where it was all heading and it made the main character irritating. Plus the fact that the entire book was based on a boy annoyed me more than anything else!
One thing I really loved was the setting of the adventure! It was so beautifully described and it was completely immersive and I loved walking through the streets with her figuring out the places she had been! Plus it was something different – I had never experienced a place like that in a book and it was a nice change, almost refreshing really.
My favourite character in The One Memory of Flora Banks was Jacob, I loved the way that he seemingly appeared out of nowhere and became such a big part of the story. He seemed to be the only adult influence in the entire book that made any sense, it was enlightening to see his viewpoint on Flora’s illness and how he perceived the world around her.
My least favourite character in The One Memory of Flora Banks would have to be the parents! I thought their reaction to their own child was disgusting and I couldn’t believe the way they spoke and treated her. It made me feel awful and it kind of added another level of sympathy for Flora in a completely different way.
I don’t know whether I would recommend The One Memory of Flora Banks, it had some nice parts however the book didn’t really sit well with me. Some of the repetition and situations she found herself in made me angry.
Have you read something with an unreliable narrator? What would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!