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What happens when your two best friends fall in love...with each other?

"Their friendship went so far back, it bordered on the Biblical -- in the beginning, there was Nina and Avery and Mel." So says high school senior Nina Bermudez about herself and her two best friends, nicknamed "The Bermudez Triangle" by a jealous wannabe back on Nina's eleventh birthday. But the threes...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 17th 2007 by Razorbill (first published October 7th 2004)
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This is the book I wanted to read from Maureen Johnson; it's the story of Nina and her two best friends, Mel and Avery -- when Nina spends the summer at a pre-college program, Mel and Avery fall in love. Johnson handles the difficulties of coming out in high school deftly, and Mel -- who struggles with knowing that she's gay and knowing that Avery, her girlfriend, probably isn't -- is a wonderfully sympathetic character, possibly my favorite in the book. The real world of course doesn't always h...more
Christine Williams
In a search of recent "LGBT" young adult novels, Maureen Johnson's The Bermudez Triangle (recently republished as On the Count of Three) pops up pretty early on. I procrastinated reading this for a long time, partially because I have learned what to expect from so-called mainstream queer YA. I was mildly intrigued enough by the re-issued copy to splurge on it at Barnes & Noble, all in the name of research of course.

The thing is, I really want to like this book. I would have given it four sta...more
Brenna  McCaffrey
My dad does this thing, where he reads the summaries of books I'm reading and then decides whether or not he is impressed. Whenever I'm reading some advanced adult literature or a classic, he just reads it and mumbles something about it being long or difficult. Whenever I read a book by Maureen Johnson, he takes one look at the cover and declares, "That doesn't look like your style of book," or, "That looks kind of like a beach read." And as much as I try to convince him that it is not the subje...more
Lizzie
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Wow! I really liked it! This is the third book I've read by Maureen Johnson, and it was definitely my fave of her books that I've read so far; although 13 Little Blue Envelopes is a very close second, i thought parts of it were a little far-fetched. But I thought that The Bermudez Triangle was a really good and believable story, and addressed an extremely important topic that a lot of people are uncomfortable to discuss w/family and friends. The characters were very well-developed, and the plot...more
oliviasbooks
I've read 113 pages and I'll stop.
The story is about three best friends in their senior year at High School. While dominant Nina had been at leadership camp during summer break, witty Avery and shy, fragile Mel became lovers, which somehow shifted the angles of their former perfect triangle into a mismatched thing that leaves Nina feeling superfluous / not really wanted. The only person Nina would like to chew this out with is her absent and busy long-distance boyfriend Steve (a summer souvenir...more
Hannah
I feel guilty only giving this book two stars, since it really was worth at least 2.5, and as well, Maureen Johnson is one of my favourite authors. However, I couldn't bring myself to award it a full three stars.

I didn't find any of the main characters particularly likeable. Avery is aloof and flake-ish, and ultimately never takes responsibility for her actions. Mel is the typical weak personality, relies on everybody else to speak and think for her. She's also incredibly clingy, to basically ev...more
Nichole
About halfway through this book, I thought "I don't like these characters." And it was true. But somehow by the end, Maureen Johnson had me rooting for all of them. It was especially rewarding to see Mel come to terms with herself and her sexuality and how that really had an effect on her life. I think that even when I didn't like the girls, they were very realistic; they made the same decisions in relationships that almost everyone I know has made, good or bad. There were some plot points that...more
Alsha
This was a light, fun read and I finished it over the course two days, so very readable. The beginning had me smiling and gleeing. Overall, though, I found the Snarky Girl/Shy Girl/Overachiever Girl characterisations to be somewhat simplistic and less individual than I'd hoped (although you could say that's part of the book's style). Shy Girl in particular could have been portrayed better, I thought - more whiny and clingy than she was supposed to be - although I very much approve of the non-ste...more
Collin
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Allison
At first I was going to give this book two stars for being... insipid. During the first half to two-thirds of the book, it seemed that all the characters were two-dimensional and overly stereotypical/characterized... think of the way Spice Girls or Babysitters Club created characters so that each reader/listener could happily identify with the girl of their choice. Nina is the responsible, brainy one (who just happens to be wildly beautiful), Avery is the artsy less-than-responsible one (but a t...more
Ruthie
I had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book. All I really knew about it was that one of my favorite authors (John Green) is friends with the author, Maureen Johnson, and that there was some controversy awhile ago over whether or not the book was appropriate for school libraries. John Green had at the time said that it was a ridiculous discussion because there was nothing in the book that was remotely ban-worthy. Curious, I ordered the book, and I agree with him, there's no reason to...more
Elizabeth
I loved this book! It's a lot deeper than some other YA books. I liked how Maureen Johnson explained each side of the story realistically. Although the middle is kind of dry, it's a good book with lots of heart. I learned that a lot of people have similar reactions when their good friends "come out" to them. It's neat and I really enjoyed how it wasn't biased and it showed true struggle between friends. AMAZING!
Kelly
Full review at http://yannabe.com/2009/12/20/review-...

Summary: Mel, Avery, and Nina do everything together, and they always have. But the summer before senior year, Nina goes to leadership camp, leaving Mel and Avery to figure out how to be the Bermudez Triangle minus the Nina Bermudez side.

Review: I am officially caught up on all of MJ’s novels. More, please! (No, fo rilz. When is her next coming out?!)

This one wasn’t my favorite of hers, but it was an enjoyable read. Alternating points of vie...more
Meghna
I did not expect that.At all!! I mean wow!! This book is so realistic!! I got what each of them were going through. Avery fell for someone she was really close and then realised that maybe this was not something that she wanted and maybe she is really confused about what she wants and Mel was someone who knew what she wanted but would have never done anything about it but through Avery and everything that happened with her she got stronger and decided to fight for what she wanted and Nina is som...more
Deborah
Really enjoyed this. A very realistic and yet entertaining look at how three best friends' lives change after two of those friends start dating each other (two girls)and the third thinks she has discovered true love with a boy in a college prep program at Stanford. Like a much edgier Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Best points:

-a very realistic portrayal of "questioning" youth, who I think are often forgotten in literature and real life.

-very rich characters, who are very different from each...more
Angie Nichols
So, all through high school while my friends were hanging out in book stores instead of partying, we had a running joke about how all the new books that came out were about lesbians, then once we got to college it changed to books about vampires.

I picked up Bermudez Triangle when I saw it in the library because it was by Maureen Johnson. I had really liked Let it Snow, and John and Hank like Maureen Johnson, that seemed like reason enough.

All that being said I didn't realise this was one of th...more
Donna
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Steph Su
It’s the summer before their senior year and Nina, Avery, and Mel are not spending their time together. Nina is going to leadership camp all the way in California, and Avery and Mel are working at a local Irish diner. What happens to all of them over the summer is so unexpected that no one can predict how it will change their friendship forever.

At camp, Nina falls in love with Steve, her eco-warrior boyfriend. Steve is her first love, but he also happens to live in Oregon, 3000 miles away from w...more
Sherwood Smith
Mar 19, 2011 Sherwood Smith added it
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This is a mainstream YA novel centered on three high school girls before and half-way through their senior year. They are known as the "Bermudez Triangle" (Bermudez being last name of Nina, one of the three) who have been friends since grammar school. They are so tight they still use their school yard rituals. Nina, whose parents are comfortably off, is sent west to Stanford for a summer program in academic leadership; the other two girls, short, rebellious Avery (she's taken up smoking just bec...more
Savannah
I thought a cool thing about this book was that its setting is right near where I live and I recognized some of the places that were mentioned :) this book was a quick read for me but I didn't find myself loving any of the characters like I usually do in books, which made reading less enjoyable. This book was okay, but I'm slightly disappointed. I love Maureen Johnson and this was the 3rd book I've read from her, the first being The Name of the Star and it's sequel The Madness Underneath and tho...more
Keris
Maureen Johnson's second novel, The Bermudez Triangle, was famously banned by a school library in Oklahoma. Why? Lesbian content. I know! In a young adult book! Whatever next? Is it shocking and likely to corrupt our teenagers? Is it heck!

When Nina Bermudez goes attends a college study program during the summer, her best friends and the other two sides of the triangle (I wanted to say "titular triangle" there, but I thought, given the whole banning thing, I'd better not), Avery and Melanie don't...more
Dahlia
I was so in love with the premise of the book, and such a fan of THE KEY TO THE GOLDEN FIREBIRD, that I was sure I would love this, but it fell flat for me from the very first chapter and never picked up. I never felt a connection to any of the characters, never felt chemistry between the friends (which really doesn't help with feeling like anything's at stake), mentally screamed "Show, don't tell!" at every other page, and felt like every conversation I wanted to read happened behind closed doo...more
Erika
I would recommend this to young girls struggling with coming out or sexuality but I would supplement with positive bisexual materials. I hate that so many books for younger girls have a tendency to paint bisexuals as undecided or highly sexual i.e. sluts, etc. There was a much more positive spin on being gay and having gay friends but mostly it was a regular coming of age story.
Alejandra Aponte
This is the first book I've read by Maureen Johnson, and I'm so glad I started with this one. I have to be honest: I actually met her at LeakyCon last summer, and while she was very nice and very intelligent, she struck me as slightly mad-scientist-y. I went into this book not quite knowing what to expect, because I was operating under the (severely misguided) assumption that it was going to be partly a reflection of her conversation skills and her mad-scientist-y personality, and then it appare...more
Maré
I'm not sure how to start this review without saying I really enjoyed it. My reasons for that are various but I think the most predominant one is that it's a pretty realistic book. It's not about a perfect romance where the two characters instantly fall in love and everything is lovely. I really apreciated that, because it's refreshing to read a book where it doesn't go as you expected. Maybe it sounds a bit sad? But no! It's just life! Haha

I think I should also have to add that it was the first...more
Isabel Michalak
Nina, Mel, and Avery have been best friends for as long as they can remember. They are a group of inseparable girls and they gave themselves the name, The Bermudez Triangle. But things change, and when Nina gets back from a long trip at Stanford everything is different. Nina isn't the only girl in the group to fall head over heels for someone during her time away, but so have Mel and Avery--each other.

This novel goes through the struggle that the three girls go through to remain friends, and I...more
Charlotte Jones
I went into this book not knowing anything about it and I think that was a definite advantage. On the surface this is a love story but it is so much more than that and I think that the way it tackles friendship and teenage relationships in general is very well done. The only books about homosexuality that I have read have been by David Levithan and they have all been about males, whereas Maureen Johnson explores female homosexuality in this book and also female friendships. I think that it is im...more
Dana
I liked it. I didn’t love it, though there was nothing glaringly wrong with it either. The storyline was definitely intriguing; inseparable best friends Nina, Avery, and Mel spend their first ever summer apart when Nina attends a college preparatory class. When Nina returns, Avery and Mel are different… they’re dating. I thought the main gist of the book would be Nina coming to terms with her friends’ newfound relationship and sexuality, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that that was j...more
Sammi
Though I'm fond of the author, I was whole-heartedly disappointed by this book. All three characters are characters I've seen before--they were two dimensional even on the page. The friendship factor was minimal, explained best by an incident near the end of the book, as opposed to the beginning. Despite everything Nina said, we never knew what being in the the Bermudez Triangle entailed. I didn't like this book.
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