On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
A Novel

79%

10 Critic Reviews

Even in the face of adversity, it is uplifting, tender, funny and raw. It’s very pragmatic but it’s moving with it, and it’s definitely my read of the summer.
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Synopsis

Two people stranded on an island struggle to survive—and slowly fall in love—in the runaway New York Times bestseller from the author of the forthcoming novel COVET.

Anna Emerson is a thirty-year-old English teacher desperately in need of adventure. Worn down by the cold Chicago winters and a relationship that’s going nowhere, she jumps at the chance to spend the summer on a tropical island tutoring sixteen-year-old T.J.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to go anywhere. His cancer is in remission and he wants to get back to his normal life. But his parents are insisting he spend the summer in the Maldives catching up on all the school he missed last year.

Anna and T.J. board a private plane headed to the Callahan’s summer home, and as they fly over the Maldives’ twelve hundred islands, the unthinkable happens. Their plane crashes in shark-infested waters. They make it to shore, but soon discover that they’re stranded on an uninhabited island.

At first, their only thought is survival. 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.
 

About Tracey Garvis Graves

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TRACEY GARVIS GRAVES is the author of the New York Times bestseller On the Island. She lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa with her family. She loves hearing from her fans and can be found on Twitter @tgarvisgraves and at facebook.com/tgarvisgraves.
 
Published June 7, 2012 by Plume. 352 pages
Genres: Romance, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for On the Island
All: 10 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 4

Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Kristin Contino on Aug 16 2012

...the writing could be more polished and there are one too many unbelievable plot twists...

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All About Romance

Above average
Reviewed by Lynn Spencer on Mar 27 2014

Even with its flaws, I still read On the Island in one day. It's definitely cheesy and campy at times, but somehow the best parts of this book go beyond that.

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The Bookbag

Good
Reviewed by Zoe Page on Aug 01 2012

Even in the face of adversity, it is uplifting, tender, funny and raw. It’s very pragmatic but it’s moving with it, and it’s definitely my read of the summer.

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Book Lovers

Excellent
Reviewed by The Quirky Lover on Sep 24 2012

...even though I know the way things turn out, it’s a book I would read again for the love of the characters, the heartbreaks and joys they share, and the HEA.

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Bookshelf Bombshells

Excellent
Reviewed by Kerry Ann Morgan on Sep 11 2012

Garvis-Graves deftly thrusts ordinary characters into some extraordinary circumstances, and I couldn’t help staying up late to root for them.

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Beauty and Lace

Above average
Reviewed by Michelle on Oct 18 2012

I found myself flicking pages to follow the story and see where it would take me but at the same time it wasn’t gripping with excitement.

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The Daily Quirk

Above average
Reviewed by Mallory W. on Aug 21 2012

... I didn’t feel a strong connection to either Anna or T.J. despite getting first person narration from both of them. I didn’t dislike either character, but I felt like I only really got a superficial view of them.

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Alibi

Above average
Reviewed by SAM ADAMS on Jul 19 2012

...once you pick up On the Island, believe me, you'll be hooked and reeling like a hungry shark.

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Your Entertainment Corner

Excellent
on Jan 17 2013

Their love is one that couldn't be denied and I can't wait to read their story yet again.

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Chick Lit Central

Excellent
Reviewed by Amy Bromberg on Aug 16 2012

It’s been a while since I read a debut novel where the writing was impeccable.

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