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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

On the Island - Tracey Garvis-Graves

Paperback329 pages
Published October 11th 2011

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. 

On the Island is a thoughtful, intricate musing on the human need for more than mere survival. It explores the meaning of bonds formed in isolation, and the ways those bonds are bound to change.

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5 out of 5 (via goodreads)

I am so in love with this book. It is not always I get the perfect book where I would be teary-eyed, inspired and moved. On The Island is so beautiful and full of heart. At first, you will thought that it was kind of long but hey, you'll never know when to take a break. It is so addictive. Once you started it, no way you are going to stop. The journey of the characters is so inspiring.

Anna is a 30 year old teacher that will spend the summer tutoring a 16 year old boy named TJ in an island. They were on their way together in the island but tragedy struck them and they ended up in a remote island, alone yet together. They managed to survive and live in the island for the next three years. This is where they started to develop a relationship that was tested through thick and thin - a relationship that everyone will judge and question.

At first, it was hard to accept Anna and TJ's relationship. But TJ grew to be a fine man. He was forced by nature to be a responsible, mature and reliable man. He and Anna might be a long progress but it was worth for them and for me, too. You will definitely understand them both. 

I can't believe that this is the first book of Ms. Tracey. I just love it. Lookign forward for more of her books!

What I like:
* the storyline
* the love story
* TJ and Anna's heart 
* their determination

“I want you to be my wife. There’s no one else I want to
spend the rest of my life with. We can live out here, you, me,
our kids, and Bo. But I get it now, Anna. My decisions affect
you, too. So now you have one of your own to make. Will
you marry me?”

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