Beans of Anafi


Fiction - Literary
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 09/10/2022
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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

Seventeen-year-old Alexandros was the only child of his farmer parents. They were dirt poor and lived on the island of Anafi, where there was nothing to do except farm and fish. Alexandros was very annoyed at his father, who refused to grow anything but beans when they could earn more from other crops. He grew tired of the monotonous back-breaking work, and it was time to leave. Alexandros made the first move at the prompting of his best friend and a travel ticket from a strange man. When his boat was wrecked and dumped him on a neighboring island, he started hard life afresh. Just when he was settling in, Alexandros received tragic news from home. Will he leave his new life and love for the family in his past? Find out in Beans of Anafi by Benjamin X. Wretlind.

Beans of Anafi by Benjamin X. Wretlind is a short but captivating novel that every young adult must read. It had an unusual plot, storyline, and depth that impressed me. This was a story of life, choices, fate, friendship, survival, and sacrifice. There were also many nuggets of wisdom to take home. My first lesson from the book is never to sit and complain about your situation. Instead, take action to better your lot. This tale also showed that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. The right location may enhance our opportunities, yet our lives change by the actions we take regardless of our surroundings. I enjoyed the character development and dialog. Seth and Philomenos were also beautiful characters who I loved. Thank you for a beautiful book, Benjamin.