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Publisher Comments:

Grade 9 Up–Johnson begins this exceptional novel in a lightweight fashion but quickly segues into more serious issues that affect the three young women who make up the Bermudez Triangle. It is the summer before their senior year in Saratoga Springs, NY. At first, organized, serious Nina has trouble adjusting to her leadership workshop at Stanford University. Although she desperately misses Avery and Mel, who are waitresses at a restaurant back home, she quickly falls head over heels for eco-warrior Steve, who has grown up in a commune on the West Coast–so different from Nina's secure middle-class experience. When she returns to New York, she immediately senses that Mel and Avery are keeping secrets and soon discovers that they have become lovers. Rocked to the core, Nina wishes them happiness, but feels excluded and lonely, especially as her long-distance relationship begins to deteriorate. As is typical for teens, the girls obsess ad nauseam over their romantic relationships. Yet this narrow focus lends authenticity to the narrative, and readers become drawn into the characters' lives as they stumble toward adulthood, fall in and out of love, enlarge their circle of friends, and rethink their values.

Review:

"Johnson (The Key to the Golden Firebird) offers a saga of three best friends in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.: impetuous, wry Avery, shy, sweet Mel and bright, assertive Nina (whose last name gives the novel its title). During the summer before their senior year, Nina heads cross-country to attend a summer program on Stanford's campus, while her two pals waitress at a local restaurant. One morning after Avery has spent the night at Mel's house, the two share a kiss on the lips. Some readers will find the descriptions of the duo's involvement overwrought or trite (e.g., 'Everything was tiny and well disguised, but there were little electric moments everywhere' and 'Avery's lips were always slightly smoky, as was the upholstery of her car'). In a scenario totally lacking in subtlety, Nina (just back from her program, at which she fell madly in love with a male student) walks in on Avery and Mel while they are kissing in a store dressing room. Curiously, the novel's most sympathetic character is a supporting player, Parker, a funny and deep-feeling fellow who aspires — futilely — to date both Mel and Nina. Though the novel becomes more credible as it unfolds, for some readers, Johnson's tale may tread too close to soap opera turf, with its attendant stalled pace. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

What happens when your two best friends fall in love . . . with each other? That's the dilemma Nina faces when she discovers that girlfriends Mel and Avery are lesbians in this gripping novel.

Synopsis:

Since coming together at the age of eleven, Nina, Avery and Mel have never been apart. The summer before senior year, however, Nina goes away to a summer program in California. When she returns, she expects to be welcomed back into her friends arms with great excitement. Instead, something has changed in the Triangle—Mel and Avery are acting strangely. There are in-jokes Nina doesnt get, pauses in the conversations that seem to be full of some meaning that she just cant grasp. Shes suddenly an outsider, and she has no idea why.

Until she wanders into a dressing room and finds Mel and Avery kissing. What exactly do you do when your two best friends in the entire world start dating?

 

 

Synopsis:

"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.

About the Author

Maureen Johnson is the author of many young adult novels. Visit her at www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com or on twitter: @maureenjohnson

Product Details

ISBN:
9781595140197
Publisher:
Speak
Location:
New York
Author:
Johnson, Maureen
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Friendship
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
Lesbians
Subject:
Social Situations - Homosexuality
Subject:
Coming out
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Homosexuality
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Situations / Dating & Sex
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
18 =
Publication Date:
20130418
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9 up to 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
13-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Johnson (The Key to the Golden Firebird) offers a saga of three best friends in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.: impetuous, wry Avery, shy, sweet Mel and bright, assertive Nina (whose last name gives the novel its title). During the summer before their senior year, Nina heads cross-country to attend a summer program on Stanford's campus, while her two pals waitress at a local restaurant. One morning after Avery has spent the night at Mel's house, the two share a kiss on the lips. Some readers will find the descriptions of the duo's involvement overwrought or trite (e.g., 'Everything was tiny and well disguised, but there were little electric moments everywhere' and 'Avery's lips were always slightly smoky, as was the upholstery of her car'). In a scenario totally lacking in subtlety, Nina (just back from her program, at which she fell madly in love with a male student) walks in on Avery and Mel while they are kissing in a store dressing room. Curiously, the novel's most sympathetic character is a supporting player, Parker, a funny and deep-feeling fellow who aspires — futilely — to date both Mel and Nina. Though the novel becomes more credible as it unfolds, for some readers, Johnson's tale may tread too close to soap opera turf, with its attendant stalled pace. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , What happens when your two best friends fall in love . . . with each other? That's the dilemma Nina faces when she discovers that girlfriends Mel and Avery are lesbians in this gripping novel.
"Synopsis" by ,

Since coming together at the age of eleven, Nina, Avery and Mel have never been apart. The summer before senior year, however, Nina goes away to a summer program in California. When she returns, she expects to be welcomed back into her friends arms with great excitement. Instead, something has changed in the Triangle—Mel and Avery are acting strangely. There are in-jokes Nina doesnt get, pauses in the conversations that seem to be full of some meaning that she just cant grasp. Shes suddenly an outsider, and she has no idea why.

Until she wanders into a dressing room and finds Mel and Avery kissing. What exactly do you do when your two best friends in the entire world start dating?

 

 

"Synopsis" by , "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.
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