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The Bermudez Triangle [Reading] ➼ The Bermudez Triangle By Maureen Johnson – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk What happens when your two best friends fall in lovewith each otherTheir friendship went so far back, it bordered on the Biblical in the beginning, there was Nina and Avery and Mel So says high school What happens when your two best friends fall in lovewith each otherTheir 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 The Bermudez PDF or by a jealous wannabe back on Nina s eleventh birthday But the threesome faces their first separation when Nina goes away the summer before their senior year And in ten short weeks, everything changesNina returns home bursting with stories about Steve, the quirky yet adorable eco warrior she fell for hard while away But when she asks her best friends about their summer romances, an awkward silence followsNina soon learns the shocking truth when she sees Mel and Averykissing Their friendship is rocked by what feels like the ultimate challenge But it s only the beginning of a sometimes painful, sometimes funny, always gripping journey as three girls discover who they are and what they really want.

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • The Bermudez Triangle
  • Maureen Johnson
  • English
  • 13 September 2017
  • 1595141553

About the Author: Maureen Johnson

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 CityMany of the adventures Maureen s characters face The Bermudez PDF or in her books are based on real life stories Maureen has traveled all over Europe, and is a Secret Sister to vlog brothers Hank and John Green.



10 thoughts on “The Bermudez Triangle

  1. lady✨{christine} lady✨{christine} says:

    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 stars, 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 stars, aside from a few things I loved the three best friend characters and I think Johnson did a really great job of developing the three of them individually It helps that the book is entirely in third person, switching between the perspectives of Mel, Avery, and Nina The reader learns how these three think without having to delve completely into a first person account of their inane ramblings we all have inane ramblings, after all I think the premise of this book is really great It s not just a coming out story it s the story of three girls coming of age and figuring out who they are and who they want to be in the future This is definitely one of therealistic YAs I ve ever read and although I found some of the details particularly the random brand name references that appeared throughout to be overwhelming, I d rather have an over detailed world than one with no details at all It was easy to get attached to these three girls in their world, especially their varying relationships.I ll be honest I was rooting for Mel and Avery the whole time A romantic relationship with your best friend Count me in I ve read reviews commenting on the innocence of the book, in that all we ever see the girls do is make out, but I don t necessarily see this as a bad thing The early stages of their relationship made me smile in spite of myself I certainly liked Mel and Avery better than Nina and Steve Steve felt rather under developed and definitely stereotyped, so I don t know how Johnson expected the reader to root for him and Nina view spoiler When they break up halfway through the book, it came as a relief to me, since I saw what was happening all along hide spoiler It s not that I don t believe in long distance relationships, but Nina was clearly putting ineffort and hadinvested view spoiler When Nina and Parker sort of start not dating, I was pleasantly surprised hide spoiler Parker is probably my second favorite character in the entire book He s quirky and weird and nice Maybe he doesn t have his whole life figured out at 17, but who does I wanted him to end up with Nina so badly, view spoiler but then, out of the blue, here comes Steve again Parker reacts dramatically to Nina s relationship with Steve, but I can t really blame him hide spoiler From an outsider s perspective, Nina is pathetically holding on to someone who s only interested in a relationship if it s convenient.But the relationship disappointments are the least of my concern when it comes to my rating for this book Most of my issues come down to the way Johnson deals with the queer aspect of the story arguably what the entire book is about We have Mel, who thank god isn t your stereotypical closeted lesbian She has always known that she liked girls, but the only thing she d never done was write the word in the caption of the self portrait that she d kept in her head 45 This is the beginning of the struggle with labels in this book Other than a few instances, Mel refers to herself and is referred to as gay, not lesbian I don t know enough about lesbian politics to know if this is intentional and realistic, or just a slip on Johnson s part as a heterosexual cis woman That being said, I think Johnson deals with homo lesbo phobia very realistically, particularly when you consider this book is almost a decade old Mel and Avery s entire relationship seems to revolve around visibility, especially Avery s fear of it Where Mel reacts to being outted pragmatically with a minimum of embarrassment, Avery seems to live in fear of being seen as gay, view spoiler which is arguably why Mel and Avery break up hide spoiler The reader is led to sort of hate Avery for being so secretive and scared of her own sexuality, but can you really blame her when you see the environment she lives in Both Avery and Mel have some serious internalized homophobia and biphobia, which I ll get to later Mel s mom s reaction to finding out Mel is gay is a great example of this she points out all the ways this is going to ruin Mel s life While Mel is portrayed as girly and cute, Avery realizes that she would be seen as the rough dyke who lusted after the cheerleaders and couldn t be trusted in the locker room after gym 161 The irony is that Mel actually is a lesbian, whereas Avery refuses to admit what she is at all.This brings me to the major reason I can t say I like The Bermudez Triangle the somewhat random and unacknowledged biphobia , and the result of turning against Avery While Mel is a gold star lesbian who knew all along and never really dated boys, Avery admits that she s confused and insists several times that she s not gay At one point, she considers sitting with the other queer kids in the cafeteria, but then rejects that idea since she doesn t relate to any of them nor does she want to be associated with bisexuals like Felicia Clark, the outspoken if you have a pulse, I m interested bisexual sex addict 121 When Nina asks Avery about her sexuality, Avery becomes embarrassed when asked if she likes guys and girls Bisexuality becomes associated with excessive sexuality For Avery, something about that question made her feel like..a glutton Like she wanted everyone Guys, girls, dogs, cats, populations of whole cities 186 A conversation between Avery and Mel reveals Avery s resistance to labels of any kind, a kind of confusion that delegitimizes almost everything Avery does I m not gay Avery said it again, very clearly and sternly Okay, Mel said, trying to be conciliatory You re bi Stop trying to tell me what I am Avery snapped.Mel stepped back in shock She could understand that Avery might not feel comfortable being labeled gay Mel still had trouble with this sometimes but being bi wasn t exactly something she could deny This isn t the same as other people, Avery went on The bi girls, they go back and forth We re just together 152.While at the time, what Avery says sounds sort of romantic, setting her and Mel apart from labels, her statement appears invalid when viewed in the context view spoiler of her rebound with Gaz not too much later in the novel hide spoiler I glanced through a lot of other reviews, a lot of whom were very adamant about hating Avery as a character In so many ways, Avery is the stereotypical confused, slutty bisexual she gets involved in a serious, monogamous lesbian relationship, but then her inherent bisexuality gets in the way and she goes off and sleeps with a guy because she can t handle the pressure of being a lesbian She has heterosexual privilege since her relationship with Mel represents her lesbian phase And because she s so sexually confused, she ends up pushing away her two best friends She s so confused she can t even decide if she wants to apply to music school or not.I feel like the queer community is supposed to just love Maureen Johnson for writing this ground breaking lesbian young adult novel as a straight woman And then on top of that she s representing bisexuals too The thing is, it s not enough to write queer characters It s not enough to represent multiple sexual identities, especially when they re portrayed stereotypically and not analyzed whatsoever I wouldn t have minded the slut shaming and the biphobic stereotypes if Johnson had just paused to analyze them, rather than portraying them as a statement of fact Ultimately, this book really upset me Sure, it s almost ten years old, but the reality is that bisexual people are still erased, still stereotyped, and no one wants to talk about it So yes, I m angry at being represented by unquestioned stereotypes I m also angry that this is one of the best lesbian young adult books out there Ladies, we deserveFor this analysis, I m indebted to Sheri Eisner s Bi Notes for a Bi Revolution, which I m currently reading alongside other books

  2. Bren Bren says:

    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 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 subject matter that determines a good book, but how the author deals with the subject matter, he still cannot get past the scantily clad girls on the cover However, whenever I get the chance, I defend Maureen Johnson, because I think she is an amazing writer and this book was no exception It was believable and realistic and funny and true And it dealt with the issue of teens questioning their sexuality perfectly It was not in the least bit cliche, or stereotypical I loved this book and I think everyone should read it

  3. Agatha Lund Agatha Lund says:

    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 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 have a happy ending like the book does, but Nina s struggle with feeling left out when her two closest friends are in love, Avery s struggle with loving Mel but not being certain she s a lesbian, and Mel s broken heart all keep the book moving wonderfully, and unlike some of Johnson s other books, this felt like it played the emotional undertones out to their fullest extent Wonderful

  4. Brigid ✩ Brigid ✩ says:

    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 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 was gripping I loved it, and highly recommend it

  5. Lizzie Lizzie says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I love this book s premise so, so, so very much I think it does a marvelous job with a marvelous idea, and becomes a rather useful story about gay teenagers and friendship I m really glad it s a book Some of the stuff holding it up didn t work as well for me, so this is gonna go on the record with 3 stars, because that weakness holds it back from being a really wonderful book But it is a wonderful subject.A few things could have balanced a little better for me My biggest problem was Nina an I love this book s premise so, so, so very much I think it does a marvelous job with a marvelous idea, and becomes a rather useful story about gay teenagers and friendship I m really glad it s a book Some of the stuff holding it up didn t work as well for me, so this is gonna go on the record with 3 stars, because that weakness holds it back from being a really wonderful book But it is a wonderful subject.A few things could have balanced a little better for me My biggest problem was Nina and this long distance email boyfriend story Few things about that First, Nina s emails to him are clingy and unflattering It s realistic, almost as realistic as Mel sunderstandable, I think clingy excitement with Avery, and when those were happening at the same time I thought we were going to get a lesson about the parallel We didn t, but then when long distance Steve went cold, I thought we were going to get a different lesson about it Not so Steve came back And Nina said ok Said no to the charming good friend Parker, pawning him off to Scarf Girl in the last sentence like Ducky s random girl at the end of Pretty In Pink Still realistic But unsatisfying for a novel I can t help but think of how much I liked the boyfriend lesson in Johnson s story in Let It Snow, because it feels almost like a rewrite of this one Sometimes the perfect achiever amazing guys are actually very bad for you, because truthfully, their achievement comes first in their hearts.Now some additional business I was going to mention in this review that it couldn t beobvious that the book banners who come after this one couldn t bewrong the characters actual sexual feelings are handled very very discreetly, and a few teenage jokes are made regarding the subject at large, and that is it for adult content in the book So it is completely clear this book gets banned because two girls date in it.So I was going to just say that, and then link over to the fantastic, amazing video rebuttal Maureen Johnson made for YouTube this summer when this flared up again in Florida But as you ll see the video s gone So I m completely thrown Warner has inexplicably had it removed from the site for infringement So that s really nice and shady, there What is going on How could that be Here s what I remember about her statements In addition to pointing out the above facts herself that there is nothing at all to be considered adult in the novel , she highlighted that the main point is the positive response she has received about the book She talked about teenagers who have contacted her to thank her for a book that they felt helped them She said, what gives you the right to make the decision to keep this book unavailable to someone who might need it She did directly reference news footage from the time which could possibly be owned by WB , mostly interviews with her accusers getting the mic Though, to my memory she didn t use any footage, and just linked to some, which she suggested you watch so you know exactly what her attackers are saying It was very well done.Just thought it should be said, since it seems she can t even oppose her own censorship without getting censored Which is about the most shameful thing I ve ever heard.Should you happen to rememberof the author s statements from this video, I think it could be good to collect comments about it

  6. oliviasbooks oliviasbooks says:

    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 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 , who is too considerate, too much in harmony with the environment and too friendly Readers like me get suspicious by this kind of overzealous behavior on the spot.It s not that I did not enjoy The Bermudez Triangle because of the lesbian love focus In my opinion a good love story is a good love story But apart from Jubilee and Steven in Let It Snow Maureen Johnson s protagonists and I do not seem to click 13 Little Blue Envelopes were kind of fun although I observed the heroine in a kind of detached way, but Suite Scarlett fell completely flat for me, which I also hold Scarlett and the rest of her mottled crew responsible for.In addition, the Triangle plot runs on a rather depressing note The elements strewn in for fun Nina s underwear stealing roommate etc were not strong enough to rise the gloomy mess out of the pit But that may be just my point of view

  7. jv poore jv poore says:

    Maureen Johnson used to be an author I really want to check out Now, she is a kick ass author whose books I must own.Bermudez Triangle tackles serious issues with wit, grit and humor Characters are true and they make real mistakes with actions and reactions honestly and unapologetically portrayed The dialogue is spot on, as is the spontaneity unique to the young This was a quick, compelling and captivating read and I m sure the start of a whole new obsession.

  8. Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment) Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment) says:

    Note The first few pages of the novel start off with every cliche writing trope I recommend pushing through, as those are the only pages that are cliche.Why I Recommend Bumping This UP On Your TBR 1 Two of the three characters have interesting journeys when it comes to sexual orientation identity development At the end of the book it seems like they re both straight, but before we get to the end of the book they sure participate in some not straight things one is in a relationship with her Note The first few pages of the novel start off with every cliche writing trope I recommend pushing through, as those are the only pages that are cliche.Why I Recommend Bumping This UP On Your TBR 1 Two of the three characters have interesting journeys when it comes to sexual orientation identity development At the end of the book it seems like they re both straight, but before we get to the end of the book they sure participate in some not straight things one is in a relationship with her female best friend and the other has a lot of thoughts about her female best friends that I don t imagine straight people tend to have This heterofluid identity made me think a lot 2 The third protagonist identifies as a lesbian and her coming out story is worthwhile.3 The characters are worth reading, so character driven readers will enjoy.4 Johnson s writing choices are interesting because she skips over the scenes that other authors would describe and drag out I appreciate this quirk to her story telling A LOT, because she focuses on the befores and afters of big events, which makes the stories mirror lifebelievably.Why You Might Bump This Down On Your TBR If you mind normalized cheating, I would skip this Also, Johnson includes some skimmable filler descriptions that are unnecessary Her writing style doesn t work for every reader Also, if you are expecting a book about three queer girls, or even an f f romance, that is not what you ll be getting here

  9. Hannah Hannah says:

    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 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 everybody Nina seems like a strong independent character, but she is obsessive about Steve and despite him treating her like utter garbage, constantly, she continually makes excuses for him and forgives him Her obsession turns her into a very selfish character, and made me lose a lot of respect for her I found the conclusion to be a little forced, and at the same time, lacking real resolution This is Maureen Johnson s first novel, and whilst it s not weak, she has certainly developed and matured her writing style in subsequent books Definitely not my favourite, but overall, not a complete letdown

  10. Oda Renate Oda Renate says:

    The first 13 chapters were pretty boring, it got a bit better after that but not much.

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10 thoughts on “The Bermudez Triangle

  1. lady✨{christine} lady✨{christine} says:

    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 stars, 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 stars, aside from a few things I loved the three best friend characters and I think Johnson did a really great job of developing the three of them individually It helps that the book is entirely in third person, switching between the perspectives of Mel, Avery, and Nina The reader learns how these three think without having to delve completely into a first person account of their inane ramblings we all have inane ramblings, after all I think the premise of this book is really great It s not just a coming out story it s the story of three girls coming of age and figuring out who they are and who they want to be in the future This is definitely one of therealistic YAs I ve ever read and although I found some of the details particularly the random brand name references that appeared throughout to be overwhelming, I d rather have an over detailed world than one with no details at all It was easy to get attached to these three girls in their world, especially their varying relationships.I ll be honest I was rooting for Mel and Avery the whole time A romantic relationship with your best friend Count me in I ve read reviews commenting on the innocence of the book, in that all we ever see the girls do is make out, but I don t necessarily see this as a bad thing The early stages of their relationship made me smile in spite of myself I certainly liked Mel and Avery better than Nina and Steve Steve felt rather under developed and definitely stereotyped, so I don t know how Johnson expected the reader to root for him and Nina view spoiler When they break up halfway through the book, it came as a relief to me, since I saw what was happening all along hide spoiler It s not that I don t believe in long distance relationships, but Nina was clearly putting ineffort and hadinvested view spoiler When Nina and Parker sort of start not dating, I was pleasantly surprised hide spoiler Parker is probably my second favorite character in the entire book He s quirky and weird and nice Maybe he doesn t have his whole life figured out at 17, but who does I wanted him to end up with Nina so badly, view spoiler but then, out of the blue, here comes Steve again Parker reacts dramatically to Nina s relationship with Steve, but I can t really blame him hide spoiler From an outsider s perspective, Nina is pathetically holding on to someone who s only interested in a relationship if it s convenient.But the relationship disappointments are the least of my concern when it comes to my rating for this book Most of my issues come down to the way Johnson deals with the queer aspect of the story arguably what the entire book is about We have Mel, who thank god isn t your stereotypical closeted lesbian She has always known that she liked girls, but the only thing she d never done was write the word in the caption of the self portrait that she d kept in her head 45 This is the beginning of the struggle with labels in this book Other than a few instances, Mel refers to herself and is referred to as gay, not lesbian I don t know enough about lesbian politics to know if this is intentional and realistic, or just a slip on Johnson s part as a heterosexual cis woman That being said, I think Johnson deals with homo lesbo phobia very realistically, particularly when you consider this book is almost a decade old Mel and Avery s entire relationship seems to revolve around visibility, especially Avery s fear of it Where Mel reacts to being outted pragmatically with a minimum of embarrassment, Avery seems to live in fear of being seen as gay, view spoiler which is arguably why Mel and Avery break up hide spoiler The reader is led to sort of hate Avery for being so secretive and scared of her own sexuality, but can you really blame her when you see the environment she lives in Both Avery and Mel have some serious internalized homophobia and biphobia, which I ll get to later Mel s mom s reaction to finding out Mel is gay is a great example of this she points out all the ways this is going to ruin Mel s life While Mel is portrayed as girly and cute, Avery realizes that she would be seen as the rough dyke who lusted after the cheerleaders and couldn t be trusted in the locker room after gym 161 The irony is that Mel actually is a lesbian, whereas Avery refuses to admit what she is at all.This brings me to the major reason I can t say I like The Bermudez Triangle the somewhat random and unacknowledged biphobia , and the result of turning against Avery While Mel is a gold star lesbian who knew all along and never really dated boys, Avery admits that she s confused and insists several times that she s not gay At one point, she considers sitting with the other queer kids in the cafeteria, but then rejects that idea since she doesn t relate to any of them nor does she want to be associated with bisexuals like Felicia Clark, the outspoken if you have a pulse, I m interested bisexual sex addict 121 When Nina asks Avery about her sexuality, Avery becomes embarrassed when asked if she likes guys and girls Bisexuality becomes associated with excessive sexuality For Avery, something about that question made her feel like..a glutton Like she wanted everyone Guys, girls, dogs, cats, populations of whole cities 186 A conversation between Avery and Mel reveals Avery s resistance to labels of any kind, a kind of confusion that delegitimizes almost everything Avery does I m not gay Avery said it again, very clearly and sternly Okay, Mel said, trying to be conciliatory You re bi Stop trying to tell me what I am Avery snapped.Mel stepped back in shock She could understand that Avery might not feel comfortable being labeled gay Mel still had trouble with this sometimes but being bi wasn t exactly something she could deny This isn t the same as other people, Avery went on The bi girls, they go back and forth We re just together 152.While at the time, what Avery says sounds sort of romantic, setting her and Mel apart from labels, her statement appears invalid when viewed in the context view spoiler of her rebound with Gaz not too much later in the novel hide spoiler I glanced through a lot of other reviews, a lot of whom were very adamant about hating Avery as a character In so many ways, Avery is the stereotypical confused, slutty bisexual she gets involved in a serious, monogamous lesbian relationship, but then her inherent bisexuality gets in the way and she goes off and sleeps with a guy because she can t handle the pressure of being a lesbian She has heterosexual privilege since her relationship with Mel represents her lesbian phase And because she s so sexually confused, she ends up pushing away her two best friends She s so confused she can t even decide if she wants to apply to music school or not.I feel like the queer community is supposed to just love Maureen Johnson for writing this ground breaking lesbian young adult novel as a straight woman And then on top of that she s representing bisexuals too The thing is, it s not enough to write queer characters It s not enough to represent multiple sexual identities, especially when they re portrayed stereotypically and not analyzed whatsoever I wouldn t have minded the slut shaming and the biphobic stereotypes if Johnson had just paused to analyze them, rather than portraying them as a statement of fact Ultimately, this book really upset me Sure, it s almost ten years old, but the reality is that bisexual people are still erased, still stereotyped, and no one wants to talk about it So yes, I m angry at being represented by unquestioned stereotypes I m also angry that this is one of the best lesbian young adult books out there Ladies, we deserveFor this analysis, I m indebted to Sheri Eisner s Bi Notes for a Bi Revolution, which I m currently reading alongside other books

  2. Bren Bren says:

    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 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 subject matter that determines a good book, but how the author deals with the subject matter, he still cannot get past the scantily clad girls on the cover However, whenever I get the chance, I defend Maureen Johnson, because I think she is an amazing writer and this book was no exception It was believable and realistic and funny and true And it dealt with the issue of teens questioning their sexuality perfectly It was not in the least bit cliche, or stereotypical I loved this book and I think everyone should read it

  3. Agatha Lund Agatha Lund says:

    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 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 have a happy ending like the book does, but Nina s struggle with feeling left out when her two closest friends are in love, Avery s struggle with loving Mel but not being certain she s a lesbian, and Mel s broken heart all keep the book moving wonderfully, and unlike some of Johnson s other books, this felt like it played the emotional undertones out to their fullest extent Wonderful

  4. Brigid ✩ Brigid ✩ says:

    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 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 was gripping I loved it, and highly recommend it

  5. Lizzie Lizzie says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I love this book s premise so, so, so very much I think it does a marvelous job with a marvelous idea, and becomes a rather useful story about gay teenagers and friendship I m really glad it s a book Some of the stuff holding it up didn t work as well for me, so this is gonna go on the record with 3 stars, because that weakness holds it back from being a really wonderful book But it is a wonderful subject.A few things could have balanced a little better for me My biggest problem was Nina an I love this book s premise so, so, so very much I think it does a marvelous job with a marvelous idea, and becomes a rather useful story about gay teenagers and friendship I m really glad it s a book Some of the stuff holding it up didn t work as well for me, so this is gonna go on the record with 3 stars, because that weakness holds it back from being a really wonderful book But it is a wonderful subject.A few things could have balanced a little better for me My biggest problem was Nina and this long distance email boyfriend story Few things about that First, Nina s emails to him are clingy and unflattering It s realistic, almost as realistic as Mel sunderstandable, I think clingy excitement with Avery, and when those were happening at the same time I thought we were going to get a lesson about the parallel We didn t, but then when long distance Steve went cold, I thought we were going to get a different lesson about it Not so Steve came back And Nina said ok Said no to the charming good friend Parker, pawning him off to Scarf Girl in the last sentence like Ducky s random girl at the end of Pretty In Pink Still realistic But unsatisfying for a novel I can t help but think of how much I liked the boyfriend lesson in Johnson s story in Let It Snow, because it feels almost like a rewrite of this one Sometimes the perfect achiever amazing guys are actually very bad for you, because truthfully, their achievement comes first in their hearts.Now some additional business I was going to mention in this review that it couldn t beobvious that the book banners who come after this one couldn t bewrong the characters actual sexual feelings are handled very very discreetly, and a few teenage jokes are made regarding the subject at large, and that is it for adult content in the book So it is completely clear this book gets banned because two girls date in it.So I was going to just say that, and then link over to the fantastic, amazing video rebuttal Maureen Johnson made for YouTube this summer when this flared up again in Florida But as you ll see the video s gone So I m completely thrown Warner has inexplicably had it removed from the site for infringement So that s really nice and shady, there What is going on How could that be Here s what I remember about her statements In addition to pointing out the above facts herself that there is nothing at all to be considered adult in the novel , she highlighted that the main point is the positive response she has received about the book She talked about teenagers who have contacted her to thank her for a book that they felt helped them She said, what gives you the right to make the decision to keep this book unavailable to someone who might need it She did directly reference news footage from the time which could possibly be owned by WB , mostly interviews with her accusers getting the mic Though, to my memory she didn t use any footage, and just linked to some, which she suggested you watch so you know exactly what her attackers are saying It was very well done.Just thought it should be said, since it seems she can t even oppose her own censorship without getting censored Which is about the most shameful thing I ve ever heard.Should you happen to rememberof the author s statements from this video, I think it could be good to collect comments about it

  6. oliviasbooks oliviasbooks says:

    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 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 , who is too considerate, too much in harmony with the environment and too friendly Readers like me get suspicious by this kind of overzealous behavior on the spot.It s not that I did not enjoy The Bermudez Triangle because of the lesbian love focus In my opinion a good love story is a good love story But apart from Jubilee and Steven in Let It Snow Maureen Johnson s protagonists and I do not seem to click 13 Little Blue Envelopes were kind of fun although I observed the heroine in a kind of detached way, but Suite Scarlett fell completely flat for me, which I also hold Scarlett and the rest of her mottled crew responsible for.In addition, the Triangle plot runs on a rather depressing note The elements strewn in for fun Nina s underwear stealing roommate etc were not strong enough to rise the gloomy mess out of the pit But that may be just my point of view

  7. jv poore jv poore says:

    Maureen Johnson used to be an author I really want to check out Now, she is a kick ass author whose books I must own.Bermudez Triangle tackles serious issues with wit, grit and humor Characters are true and they make real mistakes with actions and reactions honestly and unapologetically portrayed The dialogue is spot on, as is the spontaneity unique to the young This was a quick, compelling and captivating read and I m sure the start of a whole new obsession.

  8. Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment) Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment) says:

    Note The first few pages of the novel start off with every cliche writing trope I recommend pushing through, as those are the only pages that are cliche.Why I Recommend Bumping This UP On Your TBR 1 Two of the three characters have interesting journeys when it comes to sexual orientation identity development At the end of the book it seems like they re both straight, but before we get to the end of the book they sure participate in some not straight things one is in a relationship with her Note The first few pages of the novel start off with every cliche writing trope I recommend pushing through, as those are the only pages that are cliche.Why I Recommend Bumping This UP On Your TBR 1 Two of the three characters have interesting journeys when it comes to sexual orientation identity development At the end of the book it seems like they re both straight, but before we get to the end of the book they sure participate in some not straight things one is in a relationship with her female best friend and the other has a lot of thoughts about her female best friends that I don t imagine straight people tend to have This heterofluid identity made me think a lot 2 The third protagonist identifies as a lesbian and her coming out story is worthwhile.3 The characters are worth reading, so character driven readers will enjoy.4 Johnson s writing choices are interesting because she skips over the scenes that other authors would describe and drag out I appreciate this quirk to her story telling A LOT, because she focuses on the befores and afters of big events, which makes the stories mirror lifebelievably.Why You Might Bump This Down On Your TBR If you mind normalized cheating, I would skip this Also, Johnson includes some skimmable filler descriptions that are unnecessary Her writing style doesn t work for every reader Also, if you are expecting a book about three queer girls, or even an f f romance, that is not what you ll be getting here

  9. Hannah Hannah says:

    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 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 everybody Nina seems like a strong independent character, but she is obsessive about Steve and despite him treating her like utter garbage, constantly, she continually makes excuses for him and forgives him Her obsession turns her into a very selfish character, and made me lose a lot of respect for her I found the conclusion to be a little forced, and at the same time, lacking real resolution This is Maureen Johnson s first novel, and whilst it s not weak, she has certainly developed and matured her writing style in subsequent books Definitely not my favourite, but overall, not a complete letdown

  10. Oda Renate Oda Renate says:

    The first 13 chapters were pretty boring, it got a bit better after that but not much.

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