On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

on the island

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Fiction – Romance

Goodreads Summary

When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family’s summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He’s almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn’t bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family – and a stack of overdue assignments — instead of his friends. 

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. 


Tracey Garvis Graves does it again! Wow, this woman writes incredible books. After reading and absolutely loving The Girl He Used to Know (review here) earlier this year, I picked up this backlist title of hers. It had great reviews and I can see why. This book was just wonderful!

I went into this one without reading the synopsis—I highly recommend it—and was very surprised by it! I think I was expecting a fluffy love story/beach reach but it was so much more than that. This book really made me think! It pulled at my heart strings and brought me through a gamut of emotions right alongside the characters. It was completely unputdownable! I tried to read it slower so that I could savor it but it was just so good that it was nearly impossible to put it down!

For the next couple months, you can find me reading everything Tracey Garvis Graves has written. She is amazingly talented at writing stories that suck me in and make me forget I’m even reading. I’m planning to start Uncharted next! It is a companion novella to On the Island.

If you’ve read anything by Tracey, I’d love to hear what you thought of it! Let me know in the comments! 🙂

Author Tracey Garvis Graves’s website

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