Coming of age stories are a dime a dozen and few of them can sustain a story well enough to walk its main character through the narrative in a way that satisfies in the end. This is what separates the wheat from the chaff to all you cliché lovers out there. Fortunate for us, director and co-writer Rob Meyer doesn't tumble into the overused tropes that many coming of age films employ in A Birder's Guide to Everything. The film follows David (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a young nerdy-type who with his best friend Timmy (Alex Wolff) and the unadventurous Peter (Michael Chen), have formed the YBS (Young Birders Society) and are full-on birdwatching aficionados, well-versed in the calls, wing markings and all about the birds in the area of New England where they live. David got his love of birding from his mother, who used to take him out with her.