Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Review: On The Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Don't you just love it when you find a hidden treasure?  Ab-so-lute-ly!!!  I found this treasure while searching reviews and was thrilled when I saw it was only  $2.99 for my nook.  As you probably are all aware that is a deal these days, as e-book prices are increasing daily it seems.  At this writing Goodreads lists this book at an average 4.21 rating with over 5,364 reviews, so I had to check out what all the fuss was about.  Whew!  I'm sure glad I did.

Another, first time novelist, Ms. Garves-Graves, has done an amazing job.  It is written with such ease and transforms you into a castaway, with all the daily struggles to stay alive and overcome the transition from our daily, chaotic lives to one of fighting for survival from sun, insects, sharks and boredom.  I really connected with the characters and their emotional struggles, and loved that she told the rest of the story. 

Check out this enjoyable book of survival and forbidden love, you will be glad you did. :)

SYNOPSIS by Barnes & Noble
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.
RATING - 4 STARS  - I Loved It

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