Review: The Bermudez Triangle

When Nina learns the shocking truth that her best friends Mel and Avery have fallen in love with each other, their friendship is rocked by what feels like the ultimate challenge. But it’s only the beginning of a painful, funny, and gripping journey as three girls discover who they are and what they really want.–From Goodreads

I first heard about
Maureen Johnson’s The Bermudez Triangle because it was being banned from school libraries. What can I say? I can’t resist a banned book! I was already interested in Maureen Johnson based on her brief stint as a vlogbrother during John Green’s paternity leave. Given that she was a friend of Green’s, I had high expectations, and she did not let me down. I can’t say I found the book all that objectionable, but I’m not particularly sensitive, nor do I have a problem with homosexuality. I guess I feel like libraries shouldn’t either, since it is their job to provide good books for all types of people, not teach conservative morality, but maybe that’s just me. With all of that said, this book deals with adolescents who are experimenting with their sexuality, trying to figure out how they feel for each other, and which labels “fit” right. Whether straight or gay, the characters discover the difficulty of maintaining relationships with both friends and lovers. While dealing with a serious issue, this book is not overly heavy; Johnson’s snarkiness overrides any potential for the book getting too dark. Johnson’s many other books remain on my vast TBR pile, and I hope to get to them soon.

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One Response to "Review: The Bermudez Triangle"

  • This book would not have been banned in my Library. It is an intense look at interpersonal relationships. Three high school students, friends for life, are searching for their sexual identity. Despite severe problems along the way with the search for identity and with each other the end up still strong friends. This was my first experience with a YA book since retirement and BOY have they changed!
    And the change is for the better. Highly recommended reading and a big thank you to Melanie for listing it.

    1 JohnLustig said this (May 16, 2010 at 3:41 PM)


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