Thursday, October 11, 2012

On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

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.

Initial Thoughts:

There was so much buzz around this book I just had to read it.

The Pros:

This book was like Castaway with a dash of Mrs. Robinson. In the best possible way.

The description of the island and the characters was flawless. I felt like I was there with Anna and TJ on the island. Also, I think that the author did a phenomenal job of writing about events that really would happen if you were a castaway. Sharks, storms, chickens, you name it, she thought of it.

The growing romance between TJ and Anna was natural, not awkward in any way, shape, or form. It was a beautiful love story. It wasn't creepy, just sweet.

The idea that the cancer could come back at any time haunted me throughout the book. At every page turn, I was like "omg. is the cancer back?".

This book is a self-pub but I found no mistakes and the writing was phenomenal.

The Cons:

I'm not a huge fan of dual first person narratives.

The Wrap Up: 5/5

One of the best books I've ever read. Seriously.

Favorite Quote:
"'What's it like being with her? Is it true what they say about older chicks?'
'She's not that much older.'
'Uh, okay. So anyway, how is it?'
'It's incredible.'
'What's she do?'
'She does everything, Ben.'"

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1 comment:

  1. I loved this book too. I'm so glad you told me to read it, it's one of my top 10 favorites.