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on-the-island-penguin-coverNothing I could write about this book could possibly hook you faster than the first few sentences:

“I was thirty years old when the seaplane T.J. Callahan and I were traveling on crash-landed in the Indian Ocean. T.J. was sixteen, and three months into remission from Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The pilot’s name was Mick, but he died before we hit the water.”

Anna and T.J. alternate telling their story, as they try to survive on the island. Anna was supposed to be tutoring T.J. over the summer. She was escaping a stalled relationship, and T.J.’s parents were trying to get him caught up  on schoolwork after cancer treatments. Now, Anna and T.J. are scavenging food and water and shelter, staving off their obviously impending deaths as they are awaiting and then giving up on rescue . And if and when they finally return to modern civilizations, their families and their real lives, would they both rather be back on the island?

This book is a page turner, contains some drama and romance and plenty of tropical scenery. The author really captures what Anna and T.J. go through in their very unique experiences on the island. I highly recommend On the Island a fabulous reading escape!

Read On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves, or try the On the Island large print edition.


Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.