Flora. Be Brave. Sums up the whole book nicely. Flora is a 17-year-old girl with retrograde amnesia. She remembers things for an hour, or at max a few hours. But now she has a new memory and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
This was an interesting book to read. It takes a bit to become accustomed to the writing style, but once you get further into the book and learn more about Flora, they style that is a little bit stilted makes much more sense. The twists and turns in Flora’s adventure will keep readers turning pages to find out just how the story will end.
The One Memory of Flora Banks also is a bit sad. As the end of the book approached, I found myself feeling profoundly sad for this young girl in such a frustrating and trying state of being. By the final page, I was wishing for a sequel to see just where Flora can go when she isn’t held back by the well-meaning family around her.
A good read for those wanting to cheer on a girl heroine who just wants to be normal.
Review of an Advance Reading Copy
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Penguin
Profanity/Language: 21 religious exclamations, 7 mild obscenities, 4 derogatory names, 8 scatological words, 1 anatomical term, 1 f-word derivative.
Violence/Gore: Character falls down stairs; carves name into skin with depiction of blood.
Sex and Nudity: 2 kisses between teens; 6 references to sex; 2-page email exchange with references to sex and nudity; head laid on another’s shoulder.
Mature Subject Matter:
Terminal illness with death of family member, thoughts of self-harm, underage drinking.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Teens drink at party; teen drinks beer.