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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
Benice: An Adventure of Love and Friendship by Metin Karayaka is a YA tale targeting middle school and young teenaged readers. It tells the story of Levend and his friend Mr. Ben Ice, and their fishing adventures together. The local town distrusts Ice due to his appearance and quiet ways, but there is more than meets the eye to the man and his past. The story includes lots of above and below water adventure, pirates, treasure and, more importantly, the strong connections that people can make, be they young or old. The story is well written and the prose flows smoothly. It’s obvious that a lot of care has been taken in writing and editing Benice, and it certainly shows. Lots of fun imagination was put into the book, and I can see myself reading this one again and again.
The story examines how people often unfairly judge one another due to their appearance and mannerisms, without giving any thought as to what their past was truly all about. Those lessons are woven into the very fabric of this story and reverberate with the message of being kind to others. The ending was quite satisfying, and reading how this story brought the characters together shows just how people can mend their differences and move on, if they so choose. There were a few hints of a sequel at the end, but this story certainly stands on its own as a complete tale. Benice: An Adventure of Love and Friendship by Metin Karayaka is highly recommended.