The Merit Birds

The Merit Birds Eighteen year old Cam Scott is angry He s angry about his absent dad he s angry about being angry and he s angry that he has had to give up his Ottawa basketball team to follow his mom to her new jo

  • Title: The Merit Birds
  • Author: Kelley Powell
  • ISBN: 9781459729315
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • Eighteen year old Cam Scott is angry He s angry about his absent dad, he s angry about being angry, and he s angry that he has had to give up his Ottawa basketball team to follow his mom to her new job in Vientiane, Laos However, Cam s anger begins to melt under the Southeast Asian sun as he finds friendship with his neighbour, Somchai, and gradually falls in love with NEighteen year old Cam Scott is angry He s angry about his absent dad, he s angry about being angry, and he s angry that he has had to give up his Ottawa basketball team to follow his mom to her new job in Vientiane, Laos However, Cam s anger begins to melt under the Southeast Asian sun as he finds friendship with his neighbour, Somchai, and gradually falls in love with Nok, who teaches him about building merit, or karma, by doing good deeds, such as purchasing caged merit birds Tragedy strikes and Cam finds himself falsely accused of a crime His freedom depends on a person he s never met A person who knows that the only way to restore his merit is to confess The Merit Birds blends action, suspense, and humour in a far off land where things seem so different, yet deep down are so much the same.

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    1. Posted at Shelf Inflicted I read this book while on vacation in Puerto Rico, so it was very easy for me to get accustomed to the tropical climate of Vientiane, Laos and get absorbed by the foreign setting and cast of compelling characters.There was Cam, an 18-year-old Canadian who is angry about his mother’s decision to change jobs and live in Laos for a year. There was Somchai, Cam’s neighbor and first friend in Laos. There was Nok, a masseuse struggling to support herself and her brother, [...]

    2. Okay so let's start with the cover.Very intriguing.You can guess by the cover that it is a coming of age story,and a really good one for me.One of the reasons why I enjoyed this book so much was the introduction to a foreign culture for me,and it was so refreshing and even that I had some problems with the book,this aspect of the book drew me and I couldn't put it down.It's about a boy named Cam who is not in his best mental condition(he is not crazy,he is just so angry all the time)and he moves [...]

    3. Received from NetGalley.The blurb says:Eighteen-year-old Cam Scott is angry. He's angry about his absent dad, he's angry about being angry, and he's angry that he has had to give up his Ottawa basketball team to follow his mom to her new job in Vientiane, Laos. However, Cam's anger begins to melt under the Southeast Asian sun as he finds friendship with his neighbour, Somchai, and gradually falls in love with Nok, who teaches him about building merit, or karma, by doing good deeds, such as purch [...]

    4. The Merit Birds is a fascinating book about Cam, an 18-year-old boy who moves with his mother from chilly, familiar Canada to steamy, unfamiliar Laos. Cam is initially full of anger and self-pity. He grows into himself through his friendship experiences and a series of adventures with many totally unexpected twists. Somchai, Nok, and especially Sai teach Cam a new way to see and feel the world. Cam thinks that, “for a small, land-locked country there seemed to be so much space. So much room in [...]

    5. This book was not what I expected at all.That can either man it was better, worse, or in this case, it absolutely stunned me.Market place in Laos!The book starts when Cameron (Cam) moves to Laos from Ottawa, Canada because as he likes to say, his mother is at having her midlife crisis. Cam is very flawed, and is even sometimes hard to like. He gets angry easily. He gets aggressive when angry. And he's very bad in holding in his temper. Cam is a senior and goes to an international school in L [...]

    6. The Merit Birds was a novel unlike any I have ever read. I’ve honestly never been interested in many contemporary novels; however, while browsing Netgalley I happened to check this one out. I requested it, and thankfully was given the honor to read it. I never realised how tired I was of sticking to the same genre’s (basically all I read is dystopian and paranormal) but sheesh, this was an eye opener to say the least. I’ve read a fair bit of amazing books this year, and I think it’s fair [...]

    7. Source: Thanks for the review copy, Dundurn! Overall, I thought this was a pretty fantastic book. I really enjoyed the blending of various cultures brought together, and I liked how the reader got to see the story from the point of view of a foreigner or falang as well as a native to the country. The story is told from three perspectives: Cameron "Cam" Scott's (a Canadian moving to Laos), Nok (a sixteen-year-old Laos native), and Seng (Nok's older brother).However, I didn't like the way the pers [...]

    8. I picked up The Merit Birds because of the mere mention of Laos. I've never read anything about Laos. Heck, I've never really read anything that was set in South East Asia. So when I saw Laos in the lurb and how it seems to go over the culture, it was an insta-read for me.The Merit Birds is unexpectedly great. At first, I get confused with names and titles such as 'Meh' for mother most likely because I'm not familair with Laos names. But after a couple of chapters, I'm already settled and found [...]

    9. The thing I loved most about The Merit Birds was the setting. Powell crafts a portrait of Laos with a deft hand, offering the reader the sights and smells of a country and a people. We learn about what life is really like there- the political re-education camps, the poverty, the religion, the multi-faceted culture. It is a hard life, having to forsake one's dreams to feed their children and support their family. And it is into this place that 18-year-old Cameron Scott and his mother drop.Cam's c [...]

    10. The good and bad of Laos.This novel was a fascinating mix of cultures, with Cameron (Cam), a teenage Canadian boy, finding himself whisked away from everything he knew and felt comfortable with, into a new and alien country. Laos gets into his bones in a way he had never expected. The Buddhist religion permeates the Laos way of thinking and behaving, and eventually calms Cameron from the angry person who originally arrived from Canada.However, a lot happens to get Cam to this point and some inte [...]

    11. Why a booktrail?A journey into a new culture and a new awareness as one boy moves with his family from Ottawa to LaosStoryEighteen-year-old Cam Scott has a lot to deal with at the moment. His dad is not around and his mum has just accepted a job posting in Vientiane, Laos which means a move halfway across the world. What about his dreams of playing basketball for Ottawa not to mention the strange new culture and life he’s about to have forced on him.His new life however has some strange effect [...]

    12. For more reviews, visit Books and Insomnia.--I was just mainly disappointed with this book. The Merit Birds has an interesting premise but sadly, it fell short. I liked that it's culturally diverse; heck, it's even set in Laos! I dived into this book with high expectations because hello?! Diversity right here! I enjoyed the depiction of Laos culture and living in a Southeast Asian country myself, The Merit Birds felt close to home. But halfway through, I was just bored and couldn't care less wha [...]

    13. In The Merit Birds we follow the struggle of Cam, a teenager still in high school, transplanted by his somewhat self-obsessed mother from a normal life in Ottawa, Canada, to a completely foreign environment in the Asian country of Laos.Powell chooses to write Cam's point of view in the first person, but moves to the third person when tackling the locals, a device that works very well to introduce the reader to the country of Laos from the unique perspective of someone like Cam, who is at first n [...]

    14. Writing style is pretty run of the mill on this one, nothing out of the ordinary to report.I am not going to say the plot was bad in this book, because I am sure there are people out there who will really enjoy it, but it was not for me. I felt the story line was slow to start off and it took a long time for anything to really happen. Then finally when things did start happening, as sad as it sounds, I couldn’t bring myself to care very much.Personally I never emotionally invested in the chara [...]

    15. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.What I liked: The title and cover for this book are perfect. I love that the book is set in Laos where 18 year old Cam, plagued with a hot temper, learns about who he is and who he wants to be. Cam makes suffers and makes big mistakes and eventually learns to look outside of himself. The story is told from the point of view of a brother and sister in Laos and also Cam, a Canadian who has recently moved to Lao with his self-centered [...]

    16. Thank you for NetGalley for gave me the copy of this book in return for review4.5/5 stars I must sayThe story was so good! The cultural blend went so smooth. Cam's anger, Nok's fear and Seng's hope felt so real. I live in South East Asia and I still have a feeling that all SEA countries have their own exotisms. So does Laos who became the setting of this book. The released of bird culture to erased bad luck sound amazing. I imagined how the evening sky looked like when Cam released so many birds [...]

    17. The Merit Birds is a great read. The flow is good, great mother/son relation, some love intrigue and all that in the beautiful setting that is Laos. I really loved the final part when the main character is pushed to extremes and how that situation helps him complete his arc. Very refreshing book all in all.

    18. The full review will be up soon on For The Love of Fictional Worlds as well as here :)

    19. Fantastic read blending multiple cultures and environments. A truly educating journey for any youth and adults alike.

    20. Great read! It really captures the heart of living in Laos; I practically felt drenched by the humidity reading this book. The charcters are really compelling.

    21. [1]Book Review by:Sharon PowersTE: If you would like to see the book review with all the graphics you may view them on my blog at: sharonsloveofbooks/_________________________________________ I grew up in the Sacramento Valley in California. I love driving down the roads smelling the different seasons as they come and go, the rice paddies, the sweet smell of harvest time as the alfalfa is cut, the corn and sunflowers harvested, and the tomatoes shipped off to the cannery. I love the wet earthy s [...]

    22. [See the full review at thoughts and afterthoughts.]Rating: 3.25/5Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr spoiler-less review:— A culturally immersive adventure through Laos; from vibrant communities to dingy living environments; akin to like an all-expense paid trip— A coming-of-age following three perspectives written in first-and-third person; the intermingling of narrative voices in a short book does dilute character growth— Long stretches of plotting where nothing really happens. How [...]

    23. The book, The Merit Birds, takes place in modern times in Vientiane, the capital city of Laos. Laos is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia. The main character Cam, has relocated from Ottawa Canada to Vientiane with his mother. Vientiane is hot, described as sauna room hot and dusty from the red clay based roads that intertwine the village. Vientiane has little to none of the modern comforts that Cam is used to, including air conditioning and Western style restrooms. The housing in the village [...]

    24. Originally posted at The Graffiti On The WallI received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have read books set in places, casting people geographically, ethnically, and culturally contrasting to the author’s. While most of them treaded upon that road which was less travelled by, they did so with a sense of caution. They knew how they were susceptible to errata, and how they could multiply in terms of consequence, however meticulous their data colle [...]

    25. I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis:Cam moves to Laos with his mother and tries to carve out a new life for himself in a strange new world.Right. I have mixed feelings about this book. The Merit Birds is told through three perspectives, those of Cam, 18-year-old, whinging, pity-party-throwing, Canadian basketballer; Nok, youngest of three siblings, who could have gone to university but instead must work to support her family in the local m [...]

    26. Unsure how I feel about this. On one hand, I love that it's set in Laos and I love how detailed the description of Laos is, detailing the food, the tuktuk vehicles, etc. i also like the depiction of attitudes about mixed race couples, the discrimination poor Lao women face when they date a foreigner, and the resulting caution in going out with one. These all feel realistic and give me a glimpse into a country not often featured in books or movies.On the other hand, the book is also guilty of som [...]

    27. I was disappointed by this book. The cover is strikingly wonderful and I was very excited to read fiction set in Laos. And to be fair, I did enjoy the setting; and felt to some extent that I could picture it and experience Vientiane through Cam’s eyes.The major annoyance was the writing style, which was a lot of telling and not much of showing, especially on Cam’s part. I think the book would have been better if it was written entirely in the third person. Seng and Nok’s points of view, wh [...]

    28. I'm a Teacher-Librarian and was able to get a net galley copy to review. What an amazing debut! This coming of age story is about a young man who is impulsive and had issues in school while at home in Canada. Cam is dragged to Laos with his free-spirited mom. As a parent of a teenage boy who has struggled with impulsivity, I immediately felt a connection to Cam and his mom! It is fish out of water story. What makes it so special is the way Ms. Powell has created one other main character in the s [...]

    29. The characters of this book are going to haunt me for awhile. Powell tells this story through three perspectives giving one insight into the main conflict you wouldn't have otherwise. Cam is a Canadian boy with a huge anger issue transplanted for his Grade 12 year to Laos. Nok is an intellectual Laotian girl whose path crosses Cam's and Seng her naive and clueless brother. Each tells their own story and each connects to the other. A good glimps into life in Lao but also a coming of age love stor [...]

    30. This was a delightful read and a carefully crafted story. Laos came alive for me, and the characters were three-dimensional and unique. Cam's angst-stricken teen years rang true, as did his self-absorbed mother's transition from business woman and world traveler to a mother who would note be denied. The ending was satisfying; in fact, it was the only ending that would be true to the story and true to life as well. Sacrifice, love, honor, duty -- sometimes we forget these elemental truths. The co [...]

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