5 books that will keep you hooked until the very end

Emily Barr’s stunning debut ‘The One Memory of Flora Banks’ is the type of book that will keep you up until you finish it bleary-eyed at 4am.


You seriously won’t be able to put it down.

flora-banks‘The One Memory of Flora Banks’ by Emily Barr

This unforgettable debut tells the story of Flora who has retrograde amnesia – she can’t remember anything from after she was she was 10 years old. Nothing. Until she kisses someone she shouldn’t and wakes up the next day remembering it.

But she does recall a hint about where the boy might be, so she sets off on an adventure hoping that it’ll uncover the secrets of her memories.

Told you you’ll need this one in your life.

While you’re anxiously awaiting that January release date, you’re gonna need something to read. How about this lovely lot:

If you’re hooked on unreliable narrators…

With Flora’s lack of short-term memory, she’s relying on the notes she left herself, the words and stories of other people and instinct. But who knows if any of that is actually true.


We recommend: ‘We Were Liars’ by E Lockhart

If you’re desperate for a good mystery…

Though Flora remembers the kiss, her memory of the boy and everything else around it is still fuzzy. But she’s certain he holds the answers to what she can’t remember and she’s determined to find out what she’s missing.


We recommend: ‘Pretty Little Liars’ by Sara Shepard

If you want to go on an adventure…

Flora sets off on an epic adventure to the Arctic in an attempt to unlock her memories. It’s a treacherous trip that needs crazy levels of brave and buckets full of courage. But even with Flora’s determination and strength, it won’t be an easy journey.


We recommend: ‘Throne of Glass’ by Sarah J Maas

If you want a book with twist after twist…

We can’t tell you anything specific – MP! is a no spoiler zone, but trust us, youe mind is going to be blown by ‘The One Memory of Flora Banks’. There’ll be a mega twist and you’ll think it’s over. NOPE.


We recommend: ‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard

If you fancy something without a romance…

A YA novel without a romance is rare. Like seriously rare, but there’s not a drop of it in ‘The One Memory of Flora Banks’. Honestly. Not in the traditional sense, anyway. There’s kissing, sure –and mystery, heartbreak, adventure and friendship, but no romance and it’s SO refreshing.


We recommend: ‘Radio Silence’ by Alice Oseman

Pre-order yourself a copy of ‘Flora Banks’ quick! You really don’t want to miss this one. 

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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