Sunday, 19 August 2012

Books Read: On the Island - Tracey Garvis Graves

Source - Received from Real Readers to review

When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a summer job tutoring T.J. Callahan at this family's holiday home in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation.

T.J. is almost seventeen and as if having had cancer wasn't bad enough, he now has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a pile of overdue essays - 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.  Marooned on an uninhabited island, Anna and T.J. work together to obtain water, food, fire and shelter, but as the days turn to weeks, then months and, finally, years, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man...

This was another gem of a book that I received via the Real Readers review site and one that I read in just a couple of sittings.

When Anna is offered a job tutoring for the summer she jumps at the chance as it will give her the perfect opportunity to take time out from her relationship after coming to the realisation that she no longer wanted to be with her boyfriend.

Meanwhile, T.J. was hoping to spend the summer with his friends after battling cancer instead he finds out that his parents want him to study to catch up on what he's missed whilst he was sick.

Anna and T.J are travelling to the Maldives separately to his parents, however things don't go quite to plan when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack causing them to crash land in the sea.  When they eventually make it to a deserted island they hope that they'll be rescued in no time at all but soon days turn into weeks and they wonder if they will ever be found at all.   

The story is very well written and is told in alternate chapters from Anna and T.J's point of views so you get a feel how they are both coping with the situation that they find themselves in.   At first I thought this would be a little uncomfortable reading, a bit of a Mrs Robinson thing, but it didn't come across that way at all as the whole storyline was handled very sensitively. 

If you love the sound of On the Island then make sure you pick up a copy today as I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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