Welcome back to the ABB Book Club. This months book of choice was The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. I thought this book would be a great one to read as firstly it already had great reviews but also because it was meant to be very different to the books we had already read.
Life has a funny way of showing us exactly what we should be grateful for and I feel life has done that through this book. The One Memory of Flora Banks is written beautifully. I was intrigued by the premise of this story about girl who has no short term memory, It kind of reminded me of the Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore film 50 First dates .I think it is important to firstly start with that because it was a book I really felt I couldn’t put down. It bobbed along like a bouy on a calm yet windy sea ready to carry on bobbing without obstruction.
The book is kind of harrowing really when you really think about what Flora has to go through and then Drake just throws everything she thought she knew into some kind of disarray.
Flora as a character is extremely likeable and almost relatable. She makes you feel like you want to help her also.
This book made me feel hopeful and grateful. It made me feel grateful for my memory and the fact that I can tell you what I had for breakfast or the last time I washed my hair or even the last time I spoke to someone. It made me feel hopeful in the fact that there is some hope for people who have certain types of Amnesia and that there is always a certain light to the darkness. Since Flora can remember nothing outside of kissing Drake, she constantly needs to remind herself, and hence the reader, what has actually happened to her. The is a good think I think as you as the reader get to really submerge yourself in the story and understand what it is like to be Flora. This did give for a slow build up and leave me skipping a few lines every now and again but that aside I will admit that I think I read this book in an afternoon I just couldn’t put it down. I even passed it on to my mum to read who loved it.
What do you think of Flora? Would you ever have the guts to do what she did? Even with my memory I’m not sure I would chase after a guy all the way to Svalbard.
May’s book to purchase and read before the end of May is going to be My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. Buy it here.