Emily Barr

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The One Memory of Flora Banks

Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018
book | Fiction | Jan 2017
World → Penguin Random House (Ed. Ruth Knowles)

How do you know who to trust when you can't even trust yourself?

I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE.

Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can't remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.

Then she kisses someone she shouldn't, and the next day she remembers it. It's the first time she's remembered anything since she was ten.

But the boy is gone. She thinks he's moved to the Arctic.

Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?

The One Memory of Flora Banks
 is the unforgettable YA novel to take home this summer.


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In her YA debut, Emily Barr (author of the adult novel Backpack) does a terrific job portraying how disorienting life must be for someone who can't remember what she does for more than two or three hours at a time.

Lynn Becker
Shelf Awareness
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An icily atmospheric story with a captivating hook... A pacy page-turner that packs a significant emotional punch.

The Guardian

Gripping. . . We promise you won't see the end coming.


... a winning mix of a John Green/ Rainbow Rowell-style sharpness and sensitivity but underlined with a darker edge.

View Magazine

An absorbing, original and definitely memorable book.

S Magazine

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 ...This is Barr's first novel for teenagers and it is as brave as Flora herself.

The Daily Mail

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

Kirkus Reviews
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It will not be forgotten by readers.

Tom Malinowski.
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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.

Publisher's Weekly
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