Flora is seventeen and longs to be like every other girl her age. However, Flora can’t remember anything past being ten for more than a few hours. She has anterograde amnesia ever since she was ten.
When she goes to a party, she ends up alone with her best friend’s boyfriend, Drake. They kiss and he leaves. When Flora wakes up, she remembers Drake, she remembers the kiss. Her first new memory for seven years.
She must be with Drake and so sets out to find him alone hoping that she will find him quickly and they can be together.
I found Flora to be such an interesting character. She had such an innocence about her that I felt the need to protect her, hoping that no one was going to take advantage. As far as all the other characters are concerned, I didn’t know who to trust much like Flora. She’s an inspirational character. Many could learn a lot from her.
As I read, I tried to put myself in her shoes – getting myself to a place and then waking up a while later having no idea how I got there. It was a terrifying thought and yet, she embraces the adventure. She forgets, starts again and keeps moving.
Flora’s story is intriguing. I got the feeling as I was reading that there were a few things Flora didn’t know. I never really stopped wanting to know what was going to happen and whilst I usually have an idea halfway through of how a book is going to develop, I had no clue as to what was going to happen by the end of this novel. It really did have me guessing. A lot.
I can’t say much more without giving away the end. What I will say is that this is probably one of the best books I have read in a while (and I’ve read some fabulous books.) Even now, I am still thinking about it.
This book appeals to both younger and older readers. I loved this book (even if it was slightly heart-breaking). It’s beautifully written and Flora is an adorable, strong lead character.
I really hope Emily Barr decides to revisit Flora at some point. I’d love to know what happens next.
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