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The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
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Aug 24, 09

Read in August, 2009

Three friends, Nina, the leader, Avery, the musician, and Melanie, the shy, beautiful one, have been inseparable for what seems like ever. However, the summer before their senior year, Nina, their high school's student council president, travels to Stanford University for a leadership training course, leaving Avery and Melanie in upstate New York to work at P. J. Mortimer's, an Irish restaurant in the local strip mall. Nina, annoyed with her roommate and unable to commiserate with her best friends, finds a new friend and much more in Steve, a fellow student and committed environmentalist. Meanwhile, Melanie and Avery become much closer, too.

When Nina returns, she immediately notices a change in their group's dynamic. She discovers the reason when she accidentally sees Melanie and Avery kissing in a dressing room on their back-to-school shopping excursion. After a tense discussion with them, she is able to show her delight that they are together, and she learns their wish to keep their relationship a secret for now.

Intent on supporting her friends' coupledome, Nina has difficulty now that she feels like the third wheel in their trio. In an attempt to diminish the awkwardness, Melanie and Avery invite Parker, a classmate and a co-worker at P. J. Mortimer's, whenever they go out. As she feels the distance between her and her friends and the increasing detachment Steve displays in his e-mail correspondence, Nina is thankful for the humor and help Parker provides. Feelings start shifting in every relationship and complications abound. So much is changing and their senior year is nothing like what they expected.

Told with honesty, humor, and thoughtfulness, Johnson's book captures the difficulties of growing up, drifting apart, accepting others, and finding one's self. One of the BEST YA books I have ever read with GLBTQQ characters.


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