The One Memory of Flora Banks (Hardcover)

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Flora has anterograde amnesia, which means she can’t make any new memories – or can she? When Flora gets her first kiss she definitely remembers it, and that one memory is the start of an exciting new adventure for Flora. While Flora’s parents are away in France with her dying brother, Flora sets out to follow her memory. What happens next is not only life-changing, but will reveal even more about Flora than she ever imagined.  With a surprise ending, this is definitely a book to curl up and read in one sitting.

— Terri


It's not a lie if you can't remember the truth.

"Mesmerizing, electric, and achingly lovely, The One Memory of Flora Banks is unforgettable. One of the best YA novels I've read in a very long time."
--Jennifer Niven,
New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

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?

Already a bestselling debut in the UK, this unforgettable novel is Memento meets We Were Liars and will have you racing through the pages to unravel the truth.

Praise for The One Memory of Flora Banks

An EW Most Anticipated YA Novel of 2017

★ " A] remarkable enthralling story...a deftly, compassionately written mystery." --Booklist, starred review

★ "Barr's tale mingles Oliver Sacks-like scientific curiosity with Arctic adventure and YA novel in a way that's equally unsettling, winsome, and terrifying." --Horn Book, starred review

"Perfect for fans of both young adult romance and psychological thrillers, The One Memory of Flora Banks is destined to become one of your favorite beach reads of 2017. Promise." --Bustle

"Mesmerizing, electric, and achingly lovely, The One Memory of Flora Banks is unforgettable. One of the best YA novels I've read in a very long time." --Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

"Ultimately, this title will leave readers with a sense of hope and faith in the human spirit....A strong choice for YA shelves." --School Library Journal

"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." --Publishers Weekly

"An affecting portrayal of living with amnesia and discovering one's own agency." --Kirkus

" T]his is Barr's] first YA novel and it is a good one. It will not be forgotten by readers." --VOYA

"An extraordinarily moving and original novel, a story of secrecy and lie, love and loss that manages to be both heart-breaking and life-affirming...Barr's first novel for as brave as Flora herself." --Daily Mail

"An icily atmospheric story...captivating... a] pacy page-turner that packs a significant emotional punch." --The Guardian

About the Author

Emily Barr ( began her career as a journalist at the Guardian before realizing that she was drawn more toward books. After taking a year to go backpacking for a column assignment, she returned home with the idea for her first book, the New York Times bestseller Backpack, and never looked back. She has since written 11 additional books for adults. The One Memory of Flora Banks is her young adult debut. Emily lives in Cornwall with her partner and their children. You can follow her on Twitter @emily_barr.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399547010
ISBN-10: 0399547010
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English