Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Book Review-The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson

Due to procrastination, tiredness, and the ridiculous ease with which I am distracted, a quick change in schedule. Discussion post #1 will be up tomorrow. 
This is up for offer on the UK giveaway!

Title: The Bermudez Triangle
 Author:  Maureen Jonson
Series:  N/A
Published:   October 2004 by Razorbill
Length: 370 pages
Source: bought
Summary : What happens when your two best friends fall in love...with each other?
"Their 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" 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 changes.
Nina 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 follows.
Nina soon learns the shocking truth when she sees Mel and Avery...kissing. 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.
Review: Mel, Nina and Avery are the Bermudez Triangle; lifelong friends who'll be separated for the first time for a long period of time when Nina goes to a ten-week thing at Stamford while Mel and Avery stay in New York waiting tables. Nina finds love in ecowarrior Steve, while Mel and Avery also find love. In each other.
 I read this because 1. Maureen Johnson and 2. I've been recommended this many times for LGB fic.
Nina is a really  self-obsessed at times. She's also a bit of an idiot. I didn't really like her. I liked Mel. She's very sweet.  Avery talks back and is sarky, which I sometimes  like, but didn’t really.  They feel like tropes, and if I had a long time, I’d tell you exactly which ones. But they just weren’t very interesting, or that original.
It felt like two separate stories, really. The one with Nina and Steve and the long distance relationship that causes problems, and one with Mel and Avery, and the questioning of sexuality and place in world that causes problems. They're both interesting, but they didn't really intertwine  very well. 
The friendship thing  was good. The dynamics change a lot, and it covers a lot of things in terms of romantic and platonic relationship issues and how these relationships change and develop. I like the fact that while coming to a good close for the story, not everything ends totally happy ever after, reflecting the fact that life isn’t always happy ever after either.

Overall:  Strength 3  tea to a good book about relationships, but I just didn’t find the characters interesting enough to care.

1 comment:

  1. I love your tea ways of rating books!

    This one sounds like a good enough read, but not a must kind of read.


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