The One Memory of Flora Banks

Emily Barr. Philomel, $17.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-399-54701-0
Flora Banks, 17, has anterograde amnesia, which has left her unable to make new memories. Flora remembers her life around and before age 10, but she must use messages written on her skin, her phone, and in a diarylike notebook to remind her of who she is and to fill in the details of recent history. Everything changes when Flora retains her memory of a kiss on the beach with Drake, her best friend Paige’s boyfriend who is leaving to study in the Arctic. In her first book for teens, British author Barr creates a realistic portrayal of Flora’s condition through her repetitive and confused first-person narration (“There was a party. Drake is leaving. Paige is sad. I am seventeen. I need to be brave”). Flora fears she will never be “normal,” but Barr carefully seeds her story with hope while challenging perceptions of normalcy. Flora’s situation may be singular, but her desire for autonomy should speak loudly to teens in the midst of their own journeys into adulthood. Ages 12–up. Agent: Kate Cooper, Curtis Brown. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/06/2017
Release date: 05/02/2017
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 304 pages - 978-1-77049-985-0
Compact Disc - 978-1-5247-7477-6
Other - 978-0-525-48656-5
Paperback - 304 pages - 978-1-77049-987-4
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