On the Island By Tracey Garvis Graves

Pub date: October 11, 2011
Pages: 329

Summary provided by goodreads Author 
When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments - instead of his friends. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter. Their basic needs might be met 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

My thoughts 

Someone loaned this book to me, because I was a little skeptically about the storyline(now have my own copy :D ). After about three chapters in, I knew this was going to be a book I LOVED.

The age difference between Anna and TJ is what first turned me off. All I could think about was this is not my thing. How is this going to work? However, the author made their story completely believable, and addressed the issues of the age difference VERY well, where nothing was inappropriate.

Anna & TJ relationship goes from tutor and pupil, to friends, to a lovely relationship build through mutually respect, attraction for each other, and the experiences they encounter together.

Overall, this was a great book that I would recommend to anyone. I could read it over and over again and never get tired of it.

I can NOT wait for this to be turned into a movie! Tracey Garvis-Graves is an author to watch.

Overall, this was a good story!
Characters: 5/5 
Writing/error: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Ending: 5/5
Would I recommend it: Yes!


  1. The age difference would have turned me off too, especially since she is older. I am so glad you enjoyed this, it sounds like a sweet story. Awesome review!

    1. Yeah the age difference is a pretty big one but, the story was so great, you couldn't put it down because you wanted to see where they would end up.

      I bought the book when is was just $2 on amazon, and she was still a Indie writer,but as on this month someone picked it up and it's now $6.

      It's basically the blue lagoon(movie) but better!

      Thanks for stopping by!!

  2. I have seen this book everywhere, I was determined not to read it but I won a copy and am now really looking forward to it! Your review has got me even more excited to check it out!


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