On the Island

On the Island

4.12 (66,563 ratings by Goodreads)

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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 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 18mm | 227g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 014219672X
  • 9780142196724
  • 391,141

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"[Garvis Graves is] the patron saint of independent authors."--Kirkus Features "If you like Lost, Castaway and Fifty Shades of Grey, this initially self-published and now New York Times bestseller will float your boat."--Genevieve Fox, Daily Mail (London) "An addictive hybrid: The Beach meets Robinson Crusoe meets Room."--Julia Llewellyn, The Telegraph "The breakout hit."--Susan Maguire, Booklist
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About Tracey Garvis Graves

Tracey Garvis Graves lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, two children, and hyper dog Chloe. She loves hearing from her fans and can be found on Twitter @tgarvisgraves and at facebook.com/tgarvisgraves.
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Rating details

66,563 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
5 43% (28,409)
4 35% (23,287)
3 17% (11,001)
2 4% (2,831)
1 2% (1,035)

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On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves looks at a relationship between TJ and Anna that starts under the extreme circumstances of a life-threatening illness, a plane crash, and a deserted island. It looks at the question of whether that relationship can survive when the circumstances change, and people re-emerge into the everyday world. This book would be a summer beach read except that it starts with a plane crash on the beach. Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/06/on-island.htmlshow more
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