The Bermudez Triangle

The Bermudez Triangle

by Maureen Johnson

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Overview

The Bermudez Triangle by 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101578735
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/06/2005
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 613,640
File size: 492 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of 11 young adult novels, including the Shades of London series, as well as several coauthored works. She lives in New York City and spends far too much time online.

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The Bermudez Triangle 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh wow, this book was one of the best books that I have ever read. This book was actually the main reason why I became a total bookworm!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Bermudez Triangle' is definitely one of the better books I have read. The author has done something in her writing style which incorporates everything a character needs - hate, love, confusion, joy, and sadness...every character in this book has flaws, which makes it enjoyable and easy to relate to. At the same time, I feel that the characters were really an embodiment of the trouble teenagers go through when put in situations like these. The book's redeeming quality is that it is wholly truthful. The ending was a bit less than what I had hoped, but that didn't take away from the experience. And the splash-proof cover is a definite plus!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was surprised at how much I liked this book. I have read other books by this author and wasn't crazy about them, but I loved this one! It was one of those books that makes you feel. You'll hate, love, and feel sorry for the characters. I think any book that you start to feel for the characters is a good book. I definately recommend it.
Shanella More than 1 year ago
After reading 13 Little Blue Envelopes and The Last Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson, then being thrilled by her newest novel, The Name of the Star (not to be confused with her pal John Green¿s novel, The Fault in our Stars), I decided to pick up some of her other works, which lead me to The Bermudez Triangle. The story begins with three friends going out for dinner, simple enough. It¿s the last time they will all be together until Nina, returns from her summer course at Stanford¿Avery and Mel will be staying at home, working. The bulk of the story really centers around relationships - from Nina and Steve, Avery and Mel to Nina, Avery and Mel, each relationship is different and complicated and I thought that Maureen managed to capture the emotions of each of her characters with perfection. As a reader, I felt the butterflies when Steve admits that he¿s been trying to get Nina to notice him, the hesitance as Avery tries not to put labels to her relationship with Mel, the betrayal that Nina feels in the changing room when she walks in on Mel and Avery kissing, and so much more. The great thing about this story is that it explores the fact that relationships can be messy. It doesn¿t necessarily tie things up in a neat bow, but it explores the complexity of friendships, dating relationships, and even a bit of family dynamics - all in a very realistic manner. The one flaw for me was that the story dragged a little in the middle, however, the relationships kept me intrigued enough to push through.
paperbackjunkie59 More than 1 year ago
The Bermudez Triangle ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This book was alright. It was light and quick and simple, and I liked that. Though I did have some issues with it, I thought the story, overall. was alright. I would recommend this to someone questioning their sexuality, or just looking for a super fast, very lighthearted read about friendship.  My first issue, and perhaps the most important one, was the characters. I could not relate to any of them.  - There's overachieving, cleaning-parties-for-fun kind of girl Nina. Who is obsessed with her long distance boyfriend Steve, who she knew for about a total of like, three months..? - There is Avery; Spunky, badass piano-playing, almost-gay-or-maybe-not, rude as can be, Avery. I did not like her at all, and I hated how she treated Nina and Mel.  - And Lastly, Mel - Meek, quiet, beautiful redhead. I did not have much of a problem with Mel, but I still could not relate to her. I wish she would have spoke up for her self more.  Most of them (with the exception of Mel and Parker) I found extremely selfish. I did not like the way Nina or Avery treated others, and they were both a bit absorbed in themselves.  Secondly, the plot was a tad slow. Now, i've read slower books, and I still read this book pretty quickly, but I was just a teensy bit bored whilst reading. I really enjoyed some parts of the story, and fought the urge to skim through others. The ending as also alright. Overall, I would give this book a 3/5. I could understand someone liking it more, but to me it was all slightly gimmicky. However, I did truly enjoy Parker's character. He made me laugh quite a bit, so I feel like that makes up for a bit. I really have read worse books
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is wonderful in the aspect that it touches on sensitive situations that do really happen. but i think the author jumped from one thing to the next a little too quickly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great present i got one for my friend who turned 13 and she loved it!!! I would suggest to get this book for ur friends!!!
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If you can't take Maureen's beautiful writing and detail, then go live in a cardboard box! Love 13 little blue envelopes btw!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not that great pretty boring ecspesly the begginig chapters
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SarahER More than 1 year ago
i think i confused this book with kissing kate...they're really similar
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