Thursday, April 10, 2014

On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

On the Island
Author: Tracey Garvis Graves
Published: June 7th, 2012


Two people stranded on an island struggle to survive—and slowly fall in love—in the runaway New York Times bestseller from the author of the forthcoming novel COVET.

Anna Emerson is a thirty-year-old English teacher desperately in need of adventure. Worn down by the cold Chicago winters and a relationship that’s going nowhere, she jumps at the chance to spend the summer on a tropical island tutoring sixteen-year-old T.J.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to go anywhere. His cancer is in remission and he wants to get back to his normal life. But his parents are insisting he spend the summer in the Maldives catching up on all the school he missed last year.
Anna and T.J. board a private plane headed to the Callahan’s summer home, and as they fly over the Maldives’ twelve hundred islands, the unthinkable happens. Their plane crashes in shark-infested waters. They make it to shore, but soon discover that they’re stranded on an uninhabited island.

At first, their only thought is survival. But as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.


I'm not really sure how I feel about "On the Island" by Tracey Garvis Graves. I was really excited to read this book but once I started reading it, I felt like I was forcing myself to read it. Don't get me wrong it was a good book but it just wasn't for me.

When we first met Anna and TJ, it seemed like a typical teacher student relationship. She was caring and understanding and TJ was just moody. Anna was sweet. She tried to show that she really cared about him. When they both realized that the plane was going down, Anna main concern was keeping him safe.

After the plane crashed and they finally made it to the island, they both began working together to face the problem at hand. TJ grew up a lot. You would think that the age difference would be weird between the two, but it's not. They both grew up to the situation and made something horrible work.

It's a HEA that was totally worth it and if it wasn't I probably would have hated this book. Don't get me wrong, this book is beautifully written. It's in both points of views which is absolutely important to really get inside both of their heads. I just couldn't connect with the characters like other may have. The storyline was great and the characters were well though out and executed perfectly. I rate it high only because of that. If I thought otherwise it would have been a 2 star for me... But I give it 4.5!

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