Review – The merit birds By: Kelley Powell

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 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 and suspense and humour in a far-off land where things seem so different, yet deep down are so much the same.

Instant love, or best known as love at first sight, was the one thing I did not like in this book. I believe that there is a lot more, to love, than just looks. It should be called attraction at first sight, not love. I, however, understand this in Cam, because with all his life troubles, he wants to ensure himself that he’ll be happy, and with what better than love? This book taught me a lot about knowing yourself before judging others. This book made my love for contemporary reads grow. And I strongly recommend it. It come out May 2, 2015

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