The Bermudez Triangle

The Bermudez Triangle

by Maureen Johnson

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Overview

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
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. 69 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!!!
mesmericrevelation on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it. It made me laugh out loud a lot. My favorite character at the beginning became my least favorite. In the end Parker was my favorite. Not really sure what else to say about this one. It was a good read but not one of the best books I've read this year.
iShanella on LibraryThing 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.
buoyread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The real reason I bought this book was not because the plot seemed intriguing (that was the second), but because I have the same name as one of the characters, Nina Bermudez. I like that the story is more friendship-themed than romantic-themed. I like that it tackled gay relationships, even more, I like that it tackled falling in love with your friend - stuff that a lot of teens have a hard time coping with. In a now more gender-open society, it is still not uncommon for gay people to have a hard time coming out. I like how the author crafted Mel's character in that in the end, although she had already come to terms with her own sexuality a long time ago, she was also able to come out and gain a little perspective and strength to stand up for herself and what she is. On the other hand, the relationship between Parker and Nina and Avery and Mel showed the difficulties of falling in love with a friend, which is almost always the reason why most people think it's a complicated set-up. One day you're best friends, the next day you're lovers, and the next day you're lost - breaking up not the just the relationship but also the friendship in the process. In the end, I like how the author makes them come together and resolve their differences, as that is how real friendship is supposed to be.However, I felt that most of my interest in the story is not focused on the main characters. Not even by Nina, who's my namesake and who seemed just a little bit too, well, me. Even though I could see a lot of myself in her, it felt that she and her two friends were too flat for their own good. There's the smart one, the cute one, and the cool one. The blue one, the pink one, and the green one. After a while, I got tired of reading about how Nina was too busy with student council and is the morally upright rich citizen, how Mel was too shy and sappy and the one with the secret, and how Avery is all grunge and spunk and plays kickass music. What saved the day, though, were the secondary characters, Parker in particular, who I liked a lot because he's got some more substance. He seemed to be the big brother type but is also cute, loves to joke, has great comebacks for almost anything hurled in his way, and proved to be a very loyal friend. Not really yellow, but not just orange - more like yellow-orange, and I think you'll agree that it looks better than either colors on their own.As for the story, the pacing was good, warm, and entertaining. All my questions were answered by the end of the novel. I'm pretty sure that this book's target audience, young adults, would definitely enjoy reading this story with its simple, undemanding personality. As for an 'older' person like me, it suddenly brought back memories, and a sense of nostalgia for old friends and the part they played in creating the person that I am now. This coming-of-age story of a friendship of three girls will definitely have you laughing, crying, falling in love, and smiling at how real friends complete you and help you mature.
maribs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very refreshing change in the YA books I have been reading lately. I have been reading a lot of Fantasy (which I love) but this was a complete 180 from those books that I didn't know I would like so much. There was a good mix of romance, coming of age story and controversial issue to really grab my interest. It tells the story of young girls falling in love for the first time, the changing dynamics between friends and the usual fear of what others think of them. The difference that I liked was that the romance develops between two of a trio of best friends. Mel, who is completely sure that she prefers girls to boys and falls completely in love and Avery, who is confused about her feelings and doesn't want anyone to know about her "relationship". The third friend, Nina, who is away for the summer when this all comes about, is surprised but supportive and yet feels a bit left out.I really enjoyed this book. The characters were believable and likable, very sympathetic. The story line was refreshingly new to me and quite interesting. I really liked the way Maureen Johnson addressed the girls' discovery of their sexuality. The book showed a teen coming to terms with being gay in a very real and sensitive way. Definitely a must read.
MichelleSimkins on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A tender and touching story about friends discovering the truth about their sexuality. The story and characters felt really possible and true--which means, of course, that this is no simple romance with a hearts and flowers ending.
katietwa08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story tests the waters of a unique friendship as it develops into something much more than just friendship. The author follows every detail of two girls' development as they explore their feelings and emotions with a delicate voice. As the plot unfolds and their secret is exposed, we learn about the hardships and obstacles a friendship endures in the face of an unusual chain of events. This story explores sexuality, drastic changes in relationships, and understanding in the face of change and differences.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three BFFs go through a strange year, as relationships and romances play themselves out.This one just didn't quite do it for me.
kevinyezbick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nina, Mel and Avery have been inseparable friends for years. As the summer leading into their Senior year in High School rolls around, events unfold that begin driving wedges into their once cohesive bond. When Nina flies across the country for a Summer camp at Stanford, she meets the earthy Steve and swan dives into loving admiration. Meanwhile, back home, Mel and Avery are beginning to forge a different kind of bond in their relationship. When Nina returns she senses something amiss as the once strong trio has become more akin to a lopsided duet. Finding herself struggling with the realities of the new situation, Nina turns to Steve, whose once comforting and frequent emails slowly begin to wane. It isn't long before all three girls must begin to examine their relationships with their own selves to understand their floundering relationships with the others. The Bermudez Triangle is a page turning novel of discovery, relationships, the pain of heartbreak and the glory of friendship.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 where she lives in New York. Both are determined to remain together until they can see each other again the following year when they both get into Stanford for college, but until then they have to get through senior year.Nina comes home with her head full of Steve, only to stumble into shocking news: over the summer, Avery and Mel have kissed, and now they¿re a couple! Nina is left feeling like a third wheel, but all is not paradise in her friends¿ land. While Mel is certain she¿s a lesbian, Avery¿s having mixed feelings. Is it possible she only likes girls when the girl is her best friend, Mel?Senior year is a time of maturation and understanding for the three members of the ¿Bermudez triangle¿ (called that because Bermudez is Nina¿s last name). While I found the ending a little too perfect, THE BERMUDEZ TRIANGLE is an excellently written book that explores the complications of love and friendship.
risadabomb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really tried but could not get into this story. I could not finish this book.
jenreidreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel. I laughed, I cried! I don't think there is enough fiction out there dealing with homosexual relationships for teens, and this is a good one. Three girls have been best friends forever; when one goes to a college program for the summer, the other two share a kiss. Maureen Johnson shows the complexities of teen relationships - friendly and romantic, gay and straight - realistically and well. Recommended.
dk_phoenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you know a teen who is struggling with homosexuality, or has a friend who is struggling to figure out their sexual identity -- and who may (or may not) find themselves ridiculed or treated differently by their friends because of it -- this is the book to hand over. Particularly to teen girls.The story centers around three high school girls who have been friends for as long as they can remember, and when one of the three goes away for the summer, the other two fall into a "relationship" that will eventually test the boundaries of their friendship. One of the girls knows she likes other girls, but doesn't know how to tell anyone. One of the girls has no idea if she likes guys or girls or whatever, and is scared that someone will find out she's 'dating' her long-time friend. The other girl likes boys... so eventually, when all 3 reunite after the summer, conflict is inevitable and the friendship is brought to the breaking point.That's not unexpected, once you learn the plot of the book. What I didn't expect was Johnson's sensitive treatment of the subject and her skill in weaving these different girls' experiences (ie. "who am I? is everyone going to hate me?") together in a coherent and believable way.And I'm happy to say she doesn't wrap it all up in a neat little ball at the end, which I appreciated -- it's more realistic that way. But altogether, it's a very well done story of teenage girls figuring out who they are in relationship to themselves, their friends, their parents (very important) and their romantic interests.I can't give the book 4 stars simply because... I thought the story dragged a bit at points, and there were a few things left unresolved that I thought *could* have been addressed and still left the ending the way it was. However, all in all? A great resource for questioning teens.
nancyh01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A pretty good novel for the type of novel it is. The characters were likeable and interesting enough to maintain interest in the outcome of the novel.
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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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