This book is published by Penguin, part of the reason why I picked it up. It’s about a girl has amnesia and can’t remember what she does after a few hours, so she resorts to writing down all her memories, across her arms, and in her notebook which she keeps with her at all times.
Flora Banks is no ordinary girl, her parents have told her, in her notebook, that she has Anterograde Amnesia, which means she forgets things after a couple of hours but one night she kisses a boy and remembers the kiss the next day. Flora begins to believe that this boy will cure her of all her memory problems and sets out to go and find him.
It’s a story about a broken, courageous girl, surrounded by many secrets and lies. ‘Who can you trust when you can’t even trust yourself…’ Indeed, this is Flora’s case as she navigates her complex social situations.
Flora hangs onto her one memory of kissing a boy because it’s the only memory she has been able to make in seven years, this memory gives her the courage to go out on an adventure and make many new friends, she is in one word ‘brave’.
This book shows the daily struggle of a girl with amnesia and how she overcomes all obstacles to find her own direction in life. It’s interesting that both she and her brother call their parents, ‘ the parents’, it acknowledges that they are their parents whilst creating distance between them and the children – it also shows how closely the two children have bonded, that even if they can’t rely on their parents they can rely on each other.
It can get repetitive at times with the memories coming and going, so we find ourselves going round in circles at many points in this book. But that’s the beauty of it. When you have no memory you cling to what you do obtain.
I liked the character of Flora for her nerve to break free from her constraints and in her own way find independence, she’s strong and can have a relatively normal life considering she has this amnesia.
Romantic love, death, illness, friendship, filial love, this book has much to offer the reader so pick up it up and give it a go!
Now it’s your turn, tell me about a moment that you can’t forget. How would you cope with amnesia?