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.
How would you react if you found yourself stranded on an island with only one other person for company? What if that person was much younger or much older than you? Do age restrictions even apply far away from society? These are some questions that are addressed in this book.
Anna thought she was going to be a teacher to a sick teenager. Instead, she receives a nasty surprise when their plane crashes. Anna and T.J. must work together to ensure their survival in their harsh landscape. T. J. went from wanting to survive cancer to trying to survive on an island with few supplies. They manage to build a shelter and search for fresh water and food. The reader will love following their (mis)adventures as they navigate their new lifestyles away from societal norms.
The reader will hear from both Anna and T. J. as they tell their stories in alternating points of view. Anna and T.J. are both brave and driven, that's the only way they could possible be to survive. They form a solid friendship that evolves past the boundaries of teacher and student. After a couple of years and when T.J. has passed the age of consent, their relationship deepens. Their love for each other is clear and pure. I loved how they interacted during the novel, there weren't really any necessities or acting going on. How will their relationship change if they are rescued and must integrate into society once again?
The plot of this book isn't particularly unique, but Tracey Garvis Graves will have the reader believing that everything in this book is truly "novel" (to make a pun). The romance, action, and the idea that at any time either one of the characters could die made this book impossible to put down. On the Island is recommended to adult readers.
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