The Bermudez Triangle
by Maureen Johnson
After their first summer apart, Nina returns home from a college program and a new romance to find her two best friends, Avery and Mel, have started a romance of their own together.
For the most part, I liked this book, but it’s not without its problems. I liked the main characters, although they are a little stereotypical, as YA characters tend to be, but it’s nothing extreme. They all grow and develop throughout the story, and learn to figure out who they are, together and on their own. The girls aren’t perfect, and it was easy to root for them as the story progressed. And I found the conflicts of long distance, dating within your friend group, questioning, and coming out to be believable. Of course, these things play out differently for everyone.
As much as I liked the friendship dynamic and the overall growth of all the characters, my problems with the book involve the romantic relationships. Cheating is glossed over and normalized. Avery never really seems to come to terms with and accept her own sexuality. And, while it is well written, there are a few insignificant quips I found to be made in poor taste. Overall, it’s much more about the friendship of the girls evolving as they figure out who they are than it is about who they are dating, and I enjoyed the book more than I found problems with it.