‘The One Memory Of Flora Banks’ by Emily Barr [Book Review]

Not long ago a new book hit my social media recommendations: The One Memory Of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. The premise instantly grabbed my attention, so I picked the book up (both in physical form and on Kindle) and devoured it for the 2017 Reading Challenge.

Title: The One Memory Of Flora Banks
Author: Emily Barr
Released: 2017
Pages: 303
Category: #35 A book set in a hotel
Rating: 5/10

“Live in the moment whenever you can. You don’t need a memory for that.”

This is a YA novel unlike any I’ve ever read before; centring around the life of seventeen year-old Flora, a victim of a variety of amnesia that causes her to forget everything that has happened since she was ten years-old, the story follows Flora’s journey to uncover her past and present.

On a number of occasions the novel felt repetitive, but this was necessary due to the subject matter. Additionally, as a character Flora didn’t hold much appeal, other than her inherent desire for the truth. Despite these “flaws”, the plot twist and conclusion was fabulous.

This novel was far from perfect, yet somehow it was a compulsive read. I enjoyed how the book explored a condition I’ve never read about previously, and how the characters all felt like “real” people who were fighting their own inner demons. As a novel it certainly had the potential to be an excellent piece of fiction, but unfortunately it didn’t deliver.

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