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The Bermudez Triangle

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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
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 17th 2007 by Razorbill (first published October 7th 2004)
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Christine✨
Jul 12, 2013 Christine✨ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, lgbtqiap
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
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Brenna  McCaffrey
Jul 02, 2008 Brenna McCaffrey rated it it was amazing
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
Agatha Donkar
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
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
Lizzie
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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
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Hannah
Jan 01, 2013 Hannah rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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
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Ashley
Jan 10, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, lgtbqia
This is more like 3.5 stars for me, mostly for the ending, which just fizzled out, after a strong beginning, strong middle, even strong leading up to the end . . . but the end was a nope. Rounding up though, because I’m just magnamimous like that.

The Bermudez Triangle (I refuse to ackowledge its new title) follows Nina, Avery, and Mel, who have been best friends since they were small children. In the summer before their senior year, Nina goes away to a college prep program in California, and Ave
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Ruthie
Apr 17, 2012 Ruthie rated it really liked it
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
Allison
May 10, 2013 Allison rated it liked it
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
Keris
Dec 20, 2007 Keris rated it it was amazing
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
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Elizabeth
Jan 27, 2010 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
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!
Collin
Mar 12, 2009 Collin rated it liked it
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Steph Su
Feb 08, 2009 Steph Su rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, lgbtq
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
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Meghna
Sep 30, 2013 Meghna rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 10, 2009 Deborah rated it really liked it
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
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Angie Nichols
May 22, 2009 Angie Nichols rated it it was amazing
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
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Donna
Jul 17, 2013 Donna rated it did not like it
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Alsha
Dec 04, 2009 Alsha rated it liked it
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
Nichole
May 06, 2009 Nichole rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-09, y-a
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
Sarah
Jul 28, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it
Short review: Biphobic trainwreck.

Longer review: See my comments at bisexual-books.tumblr.com
Kricket
Apr 04, 2017 Kricket rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i thought this was a really sweet story with realistic teen characters. i especially loved that avery and mel waited tables and slacked off in the ketchup pantry, because that's what i used to do in high school too. unfortunately the library's last copy literally fell apart while i was reading it and it appears to be out of print, so i probably won't be able to share this one with any teens...but hey, i really enjoyed it!
Lucia
Apr 17, 2017 Lucia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book! The characters were truly unique, and I say that a lot but in this book I really mean it! I loved that it really was not some fairy-tale and it had real life struggles that people may have especially with one of the characters being very different from their friends. But I won't spoil who :)
Sherwood Smith
Mar 19, 2011 Sherwood Smith added it
Shelves: fiction
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
Kelly
Dec 22, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
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
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Savannah
Jul 13, 2013 Savannah rated it it was ok
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
Dahlia
Jan 03, 2013 Dahlia rated it it was ok
Shelves: quiltbag-ya
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
Eilonwy
I enjoyed this book. All three girls get POV time, and all are likable and distinct characters. Their friendship feels authentic, as do their relationships with the supporting characters. At times it felt just a leeetle bit like an issue book, but overall I thought it was a good story that would probably hold up all right to rereading. It wasn't super-deep or moving, but the story lines were all handled very well and I did feel for all of the characters. The ending was nicely tied up and wide op ...more
Jaylee
Jan 20, 2013 Jaylee rated it liked it
I have no idea what to think/feel about this book. The plot kind of meanders around with lots of drama, and nothing is ever really resolved. On the one hand, I feel like the book is very honest, showing real relationships and the course that they take. It's a lot like Will Grayson, Will Grayson in that way...

But because the first 70-some pages were so PAINFULLY, BEAUTIFULLY SWEET when the girls were falling in love, the rest seemed anticlimactic. I wanted them to have a happy ending. And they di
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Margaret
Nina Bermudez, Avery Dekker, and Mel Forrest are the Bermudez Triangle, lifelong friends just about to enter their senior year of high school. But the Triangle changes forever when Nina goes away for a summer program at Stanford; when she comes home, she has a new, long-distance relationship, and a big surprise waiting for her: Mel and Avery have become a couple. Johnson examines the girls' romantic and sexual feelings with sensitivity and warmth, as they struggle to come to grips with new relat ...more
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Maureen knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. She went to high school at an all-girls' Catholic school and graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in writing. She now lives and writes in New York City.

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