Review: One Two Three by Laurie Frankel

Ohmygosh it’s been almost three months since I blogged… but we are all settled in to the new home and I’m back on track with my reading goals, so here we go again.

I have a bunch of audio ARCs to review, and I’m looking forward to getting to all of them soon. First up, One Two Three.

What it’s about

From the Goodreads description:

Everyone knows everyone in the tiny town of Bourne, but the Mitchell triplets are especially beloved. Mirabel is the smartest person anyone knows, and no one doubts it just because she can’t speak. Monday is the town’s purveyor of books now that the library’s closed―tell her the book you think you want, and she’ll pull the one you actually do from the microwave or her sock drawer. Mab’s job is hardest of all: get good grades, get into college, get out of Bourne.

For a few weeks seventeen years ago, Bourne was national news when its water turned green. The girls have come of age watching their mother’s endless fight for justice. But just when it seems life might go on the same forever, the first moving truck anyone’s seen in years pulls up and unloads new residents and old secrets. Soon, the Mitchell sisters are taking on a system stacked against them and uncovering mysteries buried longer than they’ve been alive. Because it’s hard to let go of the past when the past won’t let go of you.

Three unforgettable narrators join together here to tell a spellbinding story with wit, wonder, and deep affection. As she did in This Is How It Always Is, Laurie Frankel has written a laugh-out-loud-on-one-page-grab-a-tissue-the-next novel, as only she can, about how expanding our notions of normal makes the world a better place for everyone and how when days are darkest, it’s our daughters who will save us all.

This book releases on June 8 in print and audio.

My thoughts

Triplets Mab (One), Monday (Two), and Maribel (Three) have grown up in the little town of Bourne, which was decimated nearly 20 years ago by a man-made chemical disaster. The family-owned company that caused the disaster and then high-tailed it out of town years ago are now back and hoping to reopen. While the events of the story are intriguing and kept me listening all day, the true strength of this novel are the characters.

The narrative of the story comes from each of the three sisters: Mab, the oldest and most ‘normal’ of the sisters, Monday, the middle sister who is Autistic, and Mirabel, the youngest, who is brilliant but unable to move or speak without assistance. The girls have been raised by their widowed mother in a town filled with people who have been affected in various ways by the chemical disaster. The chapters alternate between the sisters’ perspectives, and Frankel has written each girl’s voice so masterfully that they are all distinct and captivating characters.

It’s not easy to classify One Two Three—it’s sort of a mystery, sort of a coming-of-age, a little bit romance… While the main characters are teenage girls, this is not a YA novel, and that’s a great thing for me. There is a lot of humor and quirkiness, and a lot of heavier emotional impact.

The audiobook is very well done, with a different (excellent) narrator for each of the girls. I highly recommend checking this one out on audio.

Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for my audio ARC in exchange for this honest review.


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