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Review by Suze
Flora Banks has anterograde amnesia. She can remember everything that happened before her brain was damaged, but nothing that's taken place afterwards. That means she doesn't recognize people she's recently met, she doesn't remember conversations or events and she doesn't know what she's done several hours earlier, let alone anything she was part of weeks or months ago. There are instructions written by her parents, so Flora knows what's wrong with her and what she's supposed to do. Going over her notes is what she usually does when she thinks she needs to remember.
When Flora gets her first kiss she still knows about it the next day and the next. Her parents have to go away and leave her with Paige, her best friend. The boy who kisses her is Drake, Paige's ex-boyfriend who just broke up with her because he's moving abroad. Because Flora can remember him she thinks he's special. If he's the one who can make her remember she has to see him again. However, how can she follow him when she doesn't remember anything she's just seen or done? Flora has betrayed Paige. Will her best friend still be there for her after Flora kissed Drake or is she on her own?
The One Memory of Flora Banks is a book about an incredible girl. Flora is seventeen years old, but in her mind she's still a child. She isn't helpless though, instead she's creative and inventive. She finds a system that helps her to remember who to trust and who to stay away from. She writes everything down on any kind of surface, no matter if it's paper or her arms and hands. She keeps scribbling to make herself remember the important parts of her life. Except for Drake, she does remember him, which makes him special as that has never happened before. Flora's mind might be broken in some ways, but in others it works in an amazing way. Flora is strong and adventurous and I loved her from the start.
The One Memory of Flora Banks is a beautifully written story. I loved how Emily Barr makes Flora repeat things to herself without making the story itself repetitive. Instead she uses it to make her story stronger in an amazing skillful way. Flora has a tattoo that says Flora Be Brave, which is exactly what she does over and over again. Flora is one of the bravest main characters I've ever read about and she's an example for many. I can't stress how extraordinary she is and think The One Memory of Flora Banks is an absolute must-read. Flora is a main character that should be honored and her story is absolutely brilliant.
If you like fantastic original YA books I highly recommend The One Memory of Flora Banks.