OMG – I love this book! The format, the characters, the mystery and in this case… the narrator of the audiobook.
One Two Three is the story of a town, a town ravaged by a disaster, one that impacted their water and caused lots of deaths and birth defects. Mab, Monday and Mirabel are triplets born after their father has died of cancer and each with their own challenges from the poisoning. Mab is the average hopeful teen, one who is an exception in the town, but her life is pretty hopeless for a glittering future. Monday, is maybe my favorite character ever committed to the page, she is neurodiverse and her brain is so amazing. I loved every word of her dialogues, her view on the world and how literal she took every word spoken. Mirabel is the smartest, a genius trapped in a wheelchair with no ability to care for herself and only able to communicate via a computer. Their mother is the town’s Erin Brokovich trying to get the chemical company suspected of the poisoning to pay.
The story is told in alternating chapters through each girl’s perspective with their voice and their logic and their emotions. The three and their town are thrown into turmoil when the family who owns the closed chemical plant returns to town with plans to reopen. The girls co-opt the family’s son, River, telling him the truth of what happened to the town and bringing them into their schemes to get evidence against the plant before it re-opens. We see all the indignant precociousness of teens and the blossoming of young love, what it means to compromise your beliefs for your friends and face the truth of the world around you. The town is full of fabulous characters that I would love to hear more about.
A beautiful story of acceptance, familial love, loyalty and doing the right thing in the face of the worst adversity. Do yourself a favor and listen to the audiobook for this one, the performance has me wanting to give this book all the stars.
Thanks to librofm for a copy of this ALC. All opinions above are my own.
What’s the last audiobook where the performance blew you away?