Book Talk: On The Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Posted September 26, 2016 in 4 Star Ratings, Book Reviews / Leave a comment!

Book Talk: On The Island by Tracey Garvis-GravesOn the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
Published by Penguin
Published On: September 4, 2016
Genres: Contemporary
Location: the Maldives
Maturity Level: New Adult - sexual content
4 Stars
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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.


I knew nothing about this book going into it except that my friend loved it and thought I should read it. That was good enough for me! Plus when the sun starts warming up outside I feel the need to read contemporaries and since YA contemporaries have never made it very high on mu list of things to read, I decided to kick it up and go with some NA this year. I was not disappointed! That slight age jump made the book better in my opinion. I’ll be sticking with NA in the future!

I loved the whole concept of this book. I found the author did the whole stranded on an island thing pretty realistic. I mean it was as realistic as it probably could have been. I don’t think many people would have survived though but it was cool to read. I found that they didn’t have it easy on the island which is good because who would? I’m glad there was some challenges because I’m a fan of action and I found that the possibility of them dying at some points during the story made up for the lack of action in this kind of book.

I’ve also been craving some romance lately and this book definitely helped with that. I thought the romance was very sweet and even though there was an age difference I think it worked. I also loved the ending of this story. It was never easy for this couple but the ending still left me satisfied.


The only thing I would have liked to see was a little more action or adventure. Just a little something more to really grab my attention. It would have gotten 5 stars with just a teeny bit more! That’s all personal opinion though. I’m used to reading fantasy so it’s hard for me to like a contemporary. A 4 stars on a contemporary is basically a 5 stars on a fantasy book.


I’d recommend this to anyone looking for something romantic and sweet. If you liked The Martian but would have liked to see more romance in that story (not that it would have worked) then this is a great book for you to try! There’s even some humour to the story during some parts which was really appreciated!


This book is great for those people who like some adventure with their romance! While the romance is a big part of the story, the main purpose of this story is to show the bond between two people as they struggle to survive on their own.




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