On the Island | Tracey Garvis GravesPosted by Kate O. on Aug 20, 2012 in books, fiction | 0 comments
I made a quick trip to Houston this weekend to go to Beth & Brent’s first wedding shower and decided I wanted to listen to a book on tape to make the drive go by more quickly. So I looked over my list of books “to read” on Goodreads and then went through those books on Audible to see if any of them were less than 8 hours. After looking I settled on “On the Island” by Tracey Garvis Graves.
When I read the description of On the Island, I was a little nervous about about this choice because the description starts out with: “When thirty year old Anna Emerson agrees to tutor 16 year old T.J….” I couldn’t help but wonder if this were going to be a really uncomfortable read. But fortunately I was wrong.
T.J. is a 16 year who has fought cancer and won. Anna is a 30 year old teacher in Chicago stuck in a relationship that seems to be going no where, so when she was offered the chance to spend a summer on a tropical island tutoring a teenager whose cancer was in remission, she couldn’t say no.
Anna and T.J. take a chartered plane to meet up with T.J.’s family who left a few days ahead of them, only they never make it. As they are headed to the island their plane crashes. Anna and T.J. both survive the crash and make it to the deserted island near by. It doesn’t take them long to figure out that the likelihood of them being found is very small.
As days turn into weeks and the weeks into years, T.J. and Anna discover quite a bit about themselves as they are trapped On the Island and about each other. This endearing story of survival and love will draw you in and leave you rooting for T.J. and Anna in more ways than one.
I know that I listened to On the Island and didn’t actually read it, but I would still assume this is a pretty quick read and would be a page turner.