A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{October 25, 2011}   The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson

Plot: Nina, Mel and Avery have been best friends for as long as they can remember and are so close that they have been nicknamed the Bermudez Triangle. But their first separation, Nina’s summer program at Stanford, tests their friendship. While Nina is falling for ecowarrior Steve and preparing for her role as president of the student council, Mel has her first kiss… with Avery. Nina wants to be supportive but she feels like she’s losing her best friends. Meanwhile romance does not run smoothly for any of the girls or for their new friend Parker.

Johnson’s second novel has a bit of a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants vibe. That’s not a bad thing I really enjoyed the Sisterhood and if anything, Johnson is wittier than Brashares and her book includes a lot of fun pop culture references to amuse the geeky such as myself. ^_^ The story is touching, at times sad and at others heartwarming. And like in real life the Triangle’s friendships and romances are messy and complicated. Nothing ends as you might expect so I won’t spoil it (except to say that poor Parker doesn’t get enough love). I’m also always happy to find more lesbian characters in YA fiction, they remain even rarer than gay characters and I felt that Johnson handled the subjet, including Avery’s uncertainty about her sexuality, very well.

Johnson’s novels seem to get progressively better. I didn’t like The Bermudez Triangle as much as her Scarlett and Shades of London series but that does not lessen the quality of this book, it only means that she continues to improve. She’s a great writer with real skill with characters and dialogue and it’s always a pleasure to read her work.

Challenges: GLBT Challenge (13), Quirky Brown Challenge (8)


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