The summer before senior year of high school, Mel and Avery become a couple. Mel identifies as a lesbian, while Avery refuses to pick any label. The path of their relationship—from friends, to swooning girlfriends, to enemies, back to friends—involves Nina, too, and also their new friend Parker. Meanwhile Nina has an up-and-down, long-distance romance with an environmentalist, while Parker goes from unattainable crush to unattainable crush. Class issues come up sometimes, race almost never despite Nina being interracial while everyone else is white.
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This was a nice change to the usual stuff I read. Highschool students. University antics. I like how it was split between the lives of the three main characters. You get everyones I didn't like 13 Little Blue Envelopes because I didn't like the writing, and I didn't like the writing here much better.
The characters seemed curiously flat and pretty broadly drawn. I had a hard The Bermudez Triangle. Maureen Johnson. Grade 9 Up—Johnson begins this exceptional novel in a lightweight fashion but quickly segues into more serious issues that affect the three young women who make up the Bermudez Triangle. It is the summer before their senior year in Saratoga Springs, NY. At first, organized, serious Nina has trouble adjusting to her leadership workshop at Stanford University.
Although she desperately misses Avery and Mel, who are waitresses at a restaurant back home, she quickly falls head over heels for eco-warrior Steve, who has grown up in a commune on the West Coast—so different from Nina's secure middle-class experience. When she returns to New York, she immediately senses that Mel and Avery are keeping secrets and soon discovers that they have become lovers. Rocked to the core, Nina wishes them happiness, but feels excluded and lonely, especially as her long-distance relationship begins to deteriorate.
As is typical for teens, the girls obsess ad nauseam over their romantic relationships. Yet this narrow focus lends authenticity to the narrative, and readers become drawn into the characters' lives as they stumble toward adulthood, fall in and out of love, enlarge their circle of friends, and rethink their values. She lives in New York City and spends far too much time online.
The Bermudez Triangle
Nov 20, Minutes Young Adult Buy. Nov 20, Minutes Young Adult. Grade 9 Up—Johnson begins this exceptional novel in a lightweight fashion but quickly segues into more serious issues that affect the three young women who make up the Bermudez Triangle. It is the summer before their senior year in Saratoga Springs, NY. At first, organized, serious Nina has trouble adjusting to her leadership workshop at Stanford University. When she returns to New York, she immediately senses that Mel and Avery are keeping secrets and soon discovers that they have become lovers.
YA Book Review: The Bermudez Triangle, by Maureen Johnson
During the summer before their senior year, Nina heads cross-country to attend a summer program on Stanford's campus, while her two pals waitress at a local restaurant. One morning after Avery has spent the night at Mel's house, the two share a kiss on the lips. Some readers will find the descriptions of the duo's involvement overwrought or trite e. In a scenario totally lacking in subtlety, Nina just back from her program, at which she fell madly in love with a male student walks in on Avery and Mel while they are kissing in a store dressing room. Curiously, the novel's most sympathetic character is a supporting player, Parker, a funny and deep-feeling fellow who aspires—futilely—to date both Mel and Nina. Though the novel becomes more credible as it unfolds, for some readers, Johnson's tale may tread too close to soap opera turf, with its attendant stalled pace. Ages up.
THE BERMUDEZ TRIANGLE
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