The One Memory of Flora Banks | 3 star review
Published by Penguin
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO TO TRUST WHEN YOU CAN'T EVEN TRUST YOURSELF?
I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE.Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can't remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.Then she kisses someone she shouldn't, and the next day she remembers it. It's the first time she's remembered anything since she was ten. But the boy is gone. She thinks he's moved to the Arctic. Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?
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!