“I kissed this man on the beach. I know I did. I know it because it is still in my head. I have to get to him. He will save me.” So says Flora Banks, the main character in The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. That one line summarizes the entire plot. The book is a look inside the mind of a girl with anterograde amnesia, whose short-term memory was destroyed during brain surgery to remove a tumor a few years prior to the beginning of the story. Her best friend’s boyfriend kisses her at the start, and that, of all memories, is the one that sticks, and she spends the rest of the book chasing it. It makes for an interesting read.
Here’s Amazon’s summary:
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—in Svalbard, Norway—Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life. But will following Drake be the key to unlocking Flora’s memory? Or will the journey reveal that nothing is quite as it seems?
What’s The Deal?
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Who Would Like The One Memory, And Why?
I read it because I was looking for a title to compare my YA amnesia book to in query letters to agents. Turns out, this book and mine are not similar at all. If you happen to be writing an amnesia book too, then read this. On the other hand, if you’re not a writer, but are just looking for an interesting YA read, then read this. If I had to pick a genre for it, it’d be contemporary YA because there are no fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, or historical elements.
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