Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Review: On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

I finally know what all the hype is all about On The Island is a great novel with danger, suspense and romance.  Throughout the novel you, as a reader, felt like you were there with T.J. and Anna struggling to make it day to day on the deserted island.  You felt the heat, waited out the storms and felt the hunger right with them.  I loved that this novel pushed the boundaries, but in a tasteful and mature way.  I loved that it kept me turning pages and wanting to call my book club ladies to discuss it.  I really enjoyed this novel, as did my whole book club and we rate it 4.5 stars.     

*Read my Q&A with Tracey HERE

Book Description
July 10, 2012

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.

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