SYNOPSIS: Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.
With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.
MYREVIEW: It has been a very long time that I have been wanting to get my hands on this book, the title and the synopsis captivated me from the beginning.. I knew about this book several months before it was released and I could not wait for its release! We meet Flora, a seventeen year old young girl whom after a few hours, her memory resets and she forgets everything, all she remembers is what she learned before her tenth birthday, her friends, her family, things that she learned to do before (making tea, using the shower etc.) Her parents have done their best to keep her safe and comfortable, so they’ve created a notebook explaining what she has and what happened that caused her disability. Sometimes things are not always what they seem, and it takes a boy, a best friend, a sibling, and a trip to figure everything out. I felt the writing was amazing, but because of the condition of the character Flora, it did become somewhat repetitive, but I totally understand that it was to make the reader FULLY understand the situations Flora must go through on a daily basis to understand what she’s going through herself. It’s definitely a worthwhile read, I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery novel! ❤️Ellie RG