By Laurie Frankel
An interesting and creative consciousness-raising novel of inclusion and environmental responsibility.
The Mitchell Triplets, Mab, Monday, and Mirabel each play important roles in the compromised town of Bourne. Mab’s job is to get good grades, go to college and leave Bourne behind. Monday, who is on the autism spectrum is the town’s librarian, even though the town library is closed she can still find just the right book for anyone, and even though Mirabel can’t speak, she is the smartest person in any room.
Seventeen years ago Bourne’s water turned green, residents became ill and many died, including the girls' father. A chemical company poisoned the water, and everyone that could, packed up and left Bourne behind, including the company. The three Mitchell sisters grew up watching their mother, Nora fight unsuccessfully for justice for those who felt the effects of the contamination, including two of her three triplets. The company continues to deny any wrongdoing.
When a new family moves to town to reopen the factory, the three sisters work together to uncover the truth behind what happened to Bourne’s water and prevent it from ever happening again.
ONE TWO THREE is an interesting and creative book for young adults tackling themes of environmental, social, and corporate responsibility as well as inclusion and diversity. It’s all told from the perspective of these three charming and extraordinary teenage girls. The characters of Mab, Monday, and Mirabel are delightfully well-developed and have total control of the inspiring narrative of the story.
Frankel has written an great consciousness-raising novel and the writing is good. At 400 pages the pacing seemed a bit slow and drawn out, but all-in-all it is a solid young adult novel.
Author Laurie Frankel is the author of three additional novels This is How it Always Is, Goodbye for Now, and The Atlas of Love. Thanks to Netgalley and Macmillian Audio for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher Henry Holt and Company/ Macmillian Audio
Published June 8, 2021