Sono reduce da tre ore di brian storming per un lavoro di gruppo che si protrarrà per i prossimi mesi, inutile dire che ho il cervello in pappa. Fortuna il post di oggi è un classic teaser tuesday, spoiler free e pescato dalle pagine di uno dei libri che ho in lettura. Questa settimana è il turno di The Merit Bird, romanzo di Kelly Powell concessomi da Netgalley in cambio della recensione, uno Young Adult ambientato nel misterioso Laos.
Eighteen years old and I don’t know how to take a crap. The frog mocked me. I knew it. His eyes gleamed in the moonlight as I stood before the toilet, trying to figure out what to do. There was nothing but a hole in the ground with foot grips on either side. The frog croaked out a chuckle when he saw me scan the closet like bathroom for toilet paper. Only a hose with a sprayer hung from the wall. What the the hell was that for?
“Idiot,” the frog seemed to croak.
“You okay in there, Cameron?” asked, Julia, aka my mom. I hated her at that moment. It had been her idea to give up everything for a year – her job, our house in Ottawa, my last year of high school, the basketball team – to come here, to Laos. Who the hell goes to Laos? I didn’t even know how to say it right. Was it Louse, like lice that feed off little kids’ blood? Or Lay-os, like some weird basketball move? The guy next door – I think his name is Somchai – said, “welcome to Lao”. At least he could speak English, and he looked my age, although it was hard to tell.
In this country even grandpas look young. I stomped my foot at the frog and he leapt off to go tell his friends about the freaky foreigner who didn’t know how to shit.
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.