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From Laurie Frankel, the New York Times bestselling author of This Is How It Always Is, a Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick, comes One Two Three, a timely, topical novel about love and family that will make you laugh and cry...and laugh again.

In a town where nothing ever changes, suddenly everything does...

Everyone knows everyone in the tiny town of Bourne, but
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 8th 2021 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Apr 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Reasons to read One Two Three, Laurie Frankel’s much-anticipated new novel following the success of her beloved This Is How It Always Is:

1. Mab. The first triplet born to Nora, named with one syllable, who at the age of sixteen loves with all her heart while carrying the burden and guilt of being the “normal” one.

2. Monday. The second triplet, two syllables, lover of books, defender of truth, physically capable but mentally and emotionally unique.

3. Mirabel. Third triplet, three syllables, insig
Susanne  Strong
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
“One Two Three” by Laurie Frankel is unlike any book I’ve ever read before. It is wholly originally, complex, compelling, profound, quirky and brilliant.

When I saw this book on Netgalley, I knew I had to read it, as I loved Laurie Frankel’s prior book, “This is How it Always Is.” This novel is completely different though it is also utterly compelling.

Triplets Mab, Monday and Mirabel are teenagers who live in the town of Bourne. Raised by their single mother Nora, the four of them are as close
May 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Laurie Frankel’s strength is her characters. Here, we have three teenage sisters - triplets. Mabs, One, is the normal one and carries that guilt. Monday, Two, is on the asperger’s spectrum. And Mirabel, Three, is brilliant but confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak except with a robotic speech synthesizer. All three live in Bourne, a town decimated by a man made environmental disaster that led to most folks dying or falling ill (think the Pacific Gas & Electric contamination that Erin Broc ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A unique, well researched, thought provoking approach to eco- terrorism/ water pollution with original, creative , well- depicted, remarkable characterization!

Yes, we already know Laurie Frankel is one of the skilled storyteller who can create so extra ordinary, detailedly elaborated, memorable characters! And she did it again!

The story is centered around triplet teenagers: Mab, Monday, Mirabel : they are so different from each other, they have different dreams, expectations, perspectives. Th
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Happy Publication Day!
If you had told me that I would absolutely love a book about environmental contamination and the search for justice I would have rolled my eyes and said "hard pass." Yet I decided to push against my instincts and give it a try and I am so very glad I did.

Listened to this one as an audio book and the narrators are superb. Each sister has her own narrator that personifies her personality beautifully. It's the story of triplets in the small town of Borne, a town that has deep
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, netgalley-2021
4 sisterly stars

This unique book is narrated by a set of triplets – hence the title – one, two, three! Set in the small town of Bourne, which has seen better days. Nearly 17 years ago, tragedy struck Bourne when the nearby chemical plant turned the river (and the town’s drinking water) green. Plagued by cancer, birth defects, and unexplained illnesses, the town is limping along with a higher-than-average number of residents in wheelchairs.

The Mitchell triplets – Mab, Monday, and Mirabel– have ve
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-books
When I saw that Laurie Frankel had a new book out, I knew that it would be one I would want to read. Then I read the synopsis and was even more convinced that this would be one I would love. And love it I did! I loved the setting, the plot, the characters, the struggles, the regrets and the ending.

This story centers around triplets born in a poor town, Bourne, that was devastated by a chemical company and their flippant and careless ways. The story is told through each of the sisters’ voices: On
May 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a sleepy little town called Bourne where nothing ever happened and everyone knew everyone else a set of baby girl triplets were born seventeen years ago to Nora Mitchell and her husband. Nora gave birth to her triplets naturally and as she got ready to push her babies out she decided to give them all names with the initial letter M. First came Mab, the oldest, whose name possessed one syllable, and who would later have the ambition to go to college and leave Bourne. Two was named Monday becau ...more
May 09, 2021 rated it liked it
The small town of Bourne bears the scars of a chemical company that poisoned their water 17 years ago and left them with no recourse. The Mitchell family was devastated more than most. Nora Mitchell's husband died unexpectedly of cancer just weeks before she gave birth to triplets, two of whom were born severely disabled.

Now that the triplets are 16 years old, it could be happening all over again. The chemical company is back promising much-needed jobs and promising they have fixed what was wron
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
If one thing is for sure it is the fact that Laurie Frankel can really spin a yarn. And if a second thing is for sure it is that I am, at the pit of my soul, a horrible person. You see, when I first saw people talking about this, my mind went to a severely underrated cartoon . . . .

Proving I could never qualify as any sort of emotional support animal. But then I noticed this was by the author of This Is How it Always Is so even though I wasn’t super interested in reading it, I still needed
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
One, Two, Three is a fresh, well-plotted novel with three memorable characters - Mab, Monday and Mirabel. Each of the triplets, as well as other town residents, face challenges due to poison from a chemical company. Amazingly, Frankel has created 16-year-olds with rich interior lives who I actually wanted to spend time with. There is a simplicity to the David vs. Goliath plot but Frankel deftly avoids traps that would make the story reductive. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

(Thank you to Henry Holt and
A touching read about family and resilience

Nothing new ever happens in the town of Bourne. Everyone knows everyone. So when the moving trucks arrive, it causes a stir. Bourne is a town known for one thing: seventeen years ago, their water turned green. Many of their citizens of died, others have cancer and other illnesses, and others gave birth to children with birth defects. You'll never find a town more accommodating to wheelchairs. But it has one doctor (also the priest) and one therapist (No
Susan Z
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Mab, Monday and Mirabel, also referred to as One, Two, Three, are triplets growing up in the small town of Bourne. Unfortunately, it's not a happy quiet town, it is one riddled with the aftermath of a chemical plant gone bad 17 years ago. The residents are suffering severe consequences, including illness and even death.

Nora, the triplet's mom, had been fighting for damages for all 17 years and the girls are her cheerleader and sometimes ringleaders of their own.

Told in the alternating voices o
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I saw that Laurie Frankel had a new book out, I knew that it would be one I would want to read. Then I read the synopsis and was even more convinced that this would be one I would love. And love it I did! I loved the setting, the plot, the characters, the struggles, the regrets and the ending. I was able to trade off both reading and listening to this book and that method worked really well.

This story centers around triplets born in a poor town, Bourne, that was devastated by a chemical com
May 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
One Two Three is a story of triplet teenage girls (Mab, Monday and Mirabelle, aka One, Two, and Three) and a town called Bourne. The girls were born about a year after the local chemical plant polluted the air and river with an experimental chemical. It seems fairly obvious that the chemical caused the ensuing illness, death, and congenital anomalies/birth defects that raged through Bourne at a rate “higher than expected”. However, despite Nora’s (the triplets’ mother) unending quest to hold the ...more
I was really looking forward to this after having recently read another of Frankel's books for my book club, This is How It Always Is. We all loved that one, and I recommend it highly.

This was a disappointment, however. My main criticism is the massive amount of dialog that goes on and on and on. Particularly over the top was the character Monday, who was incessant in her questions and her Truth or Dare challenges. What I did like about Monday and her friend were all the obscure words they tosse
MaryBeth's Bookshelf
I've said it before and I'll say it again - there is nothing better than picking up a book you know nothing about, having no expectations, and then being told blown away by how good it is. This is my first book by Laurie Frankel and it will definitely not be my last. This story is original, impactful, and compelling.

Set in the fictional town of Bourne, we meet the Mitchell triplets: Mab (One), Monday (Two), and Mirabel (Three). 17 years ago their community water supply was poisoned and the peopl
This is my second book by Laurie Frankel and it’s safe to say she is one author that I will plan to read anything she writes in the future. I love the way she handles difficult topics with such grace and honesty.

In this latest book, Frankel takes on a small town that suffered the effects of a toxic chemical plant. The Mitchell family was hit hard, just like many others in town. Nora Mitchell was left widowed at a young age, with triplet girls to raise. Mab, Monday and Mirabel are not like averag
Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, netgalley
A moving story about triplets and a small forgotten town. Everyone here is special. These three were a delight to follow and I loved Monday.
Will there be justice? Can this town move on from the horrific things that happened here? You have to read it to find out.
This was an audiobook for me. It was narrated by Emma Galvin; Jesse Vilinsky; Rebecca Soler and they did a great job. I highly recommend listening to this.
Thanks to Macmillan Audio via Netgalley.
Kara Leann
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Laurie Frankel blew me away with This Is How It Always Is so I was extremely excited to read One Two Three. Well, let me say she has produced another fabulous book that will stick with me for a long time.

Mab, Monday and Mirabel were some of my favorite characters of all time and I loved that the narrative kept shifting perspectives between the three of them. I also really loved the cast of side characters in Nora, Omar, Frank, Pastor Jeff, Petra and Pooh. Even River, Nathan and Apple Templeton
I LOVED This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel so I was excited about this one but it just was a miss for me, I found myself very bored and I couldn't really keep track of the triplets as they seemed to just have the same voice. I can tell she tried to make them distinct but I still had a hard time keeping track so maybe it was just me? Other than that, this was just an okay read that I thought about not finishing quite a few times but had to push through.

The narrators did do a great job br
Sarah Prendergast (lifeandbookswithme)
This novel tells the story of three sisters who are triplets and their mother. They live in a town that has a contaminated water supply due to a chemical leak from a plant that used to be the main source of employment. Mab is ‘normal’, Monday has emotional and sensory processing issues and Mirabel is confined to a wheelchair. Nora, the triplets’ mother, is the town’s only therapist and the leader of the lawsuit against the plant. Their world is turned upside down when a moving van arrives, bring ...more
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
ONE TWO THREE by Laurie Frankel is an amazing novel! I was so eager to read this book since I loved her other book This Is How It Always Is. That book made me cry and I was really hoping this book would make me cry too. I just love books that make me cry and I loved this book!
This novel is about teenage triplet sisters, Mab, Monday and Mirabel who live in a town dealing with the aftermath of a chemical plant polluting their drinking water. It was great to read some diverse characters with neuro
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This book was wonderful and funny. How can a book about a big corporation polluting the drinking water, leading to multiple illnesses, be funny. Well, here are a couple examples of how our sixteen year old heroines managed just that:

On television, sex makes people happy, but you are still annoyed and annoying.

And I tried to remind myself that if I killed them both I would never be able to use the toilet again when my mother was not home.

I loved Mab (One), Monday (Two) and M
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
As a fan of Laurie Frankel's "This is How it Always is," I couldn't wait to get my hands on "One Two Three." There were so many elements in this book I loved. Unfortunately, they were overshadowed by some significant problems in execution.

Mab, Mirabel, and Monday are three triplets in the town of Bourne, a small rural community still reeling from the presence of a chemical plant that leaked toxic chemicals into their water years ago. As a result, many individuals in the town experience developm
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Coming in on the heels of This Is How It Always Is, Laurie Frankel's One Two Three had a tough row to hoe to come close to that book's genius. Yet, here we are with this absolute gift of a book that is every bit as good as TIHIAI, and more charming, to boot.

Three sisters, more connected than any other triplets seemingly could be, live in a town that has been destroyed by the chemical plant that promised jobs, money, and security, yet delivered only poison, illness, and death. There is a lawsuit
Jessie Weaver
May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, Netgalley, for providing me with an audiobook review copy.

Like many of you, I'm sure, I didn't think anything could live up to Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is. It was my favorite book I read in 2019, amazing and honest and very personal to the author. So I went into One Two Three with a little trepidation.

This book is the story of triplets Mab, Monday, and Mirabel, daughters of a single mother who is singleminded in her passion: get together a lawsuit for the chemicals dum
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 ⭐️ loved this. If you’re debating between reading or listening, I definitely suggest listening. The narration added so much to the story. Definitely recommend!
Jun 06, 2021 rated it liked it
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
Kari Ann Sweeney
No doubt that Laurie Frankel is a compelling storyteller. 𝐎𝐍𝐄, 𝐓𝗪𝐎, 𝐓𝐇𝐑𝐄𝐄 is a wholly original and complex story told by the Mitchell triplets; three unforgettable and distinct narrators: One (Mab), Two (Monday) and Three (Mirabel). Their lives and their community were dastardly impacted by an event that took place 17 years ago, right before they were born. Their journey unfolds as they discover long held secrets.

The writing is purposeful and intentional. The details that may seem small have a
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Laurie Frankel is the New York Times Bestselling author of four novels, ONE TWO THREE, coming June 8, 2021, THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS, GOODBYE FOR NOW, and THE ATLAS OF LOVE. She lives with her family on a very steep hill in Seattle, but she's an east coaster at heart. She is also a baseball fan, a soup maker, a theater lover, a yoga practicer, a comma expert, and a huge reader. Welcome!! ...more

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