On the Island

On the Island

Large Print - 2012 | Large print ed
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Anna Emerson is a thirty-year-old English teacher in need of adventure. Worn down by cold Chicago winters and a stagnant relationship, she jumps at the chance to spend the summer on a tropical island tutoring sixteen-year-old T. J. Callahan, who is catching up after a year spent battling cancer into remission. But en route to the Callahan's summer home their private plane crashes, stranding Anna and T.J. on an uninhabited island. And as the days turns to weeks and then to months, the challenge shifts from surviving to living together. (Bestseller)
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Wheeler Pub., 2012
Edition: Large print ed
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781410453150
Branch Call Number: LP GARVI-T
Characteristics: 467 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Sep 06, 2018

4 Stars - I highly recommend if you enjoy survival style plots and won't mind a bit of romance.

When 30-something Anna is offered a summer tutoring job in the Maldives she jumps at the chance. 16 year old TJ, just recovering from cancer, is not so excited to spend the summer away from his friends catching up on school work. When Anna and TJ's pilot has a heart attack, their sea plane crashes in the Indian Ocean. The two make it to an uninhabited island and must use their everything they have to survive, and hopefully be rescued. After years on the island, TJ isn't a kid anymore, and years becomes a long time to spend with someone without knowing them better.

I will fully admit that the shock factor of the plot made me want to read this book. When I found it for $1 at a used bookstore on our AR road trip, I had to pick read it soon! This book did not disappoint me. This book is told in alternating perspectives, which I found really interesting. There were some patches of time that were skipped over, and others that were very detailed, which felt representative of being stuck on an island for years. The entire first part of the plot centers around survival and living on the island. I was really interested in how they would make all of the details of life work without any supplies. From the more mundane (but necessary) things like collecting water, to riding out horrible storms, jelly fish wounds, and hemorrhagic fevers, I was very entertained. Then as their relationship developed I was really intrigued to watch them grow and change through their extreme new reality. It was crazy to me that the kept the teacher/student relationship for so long before feeling more like equals. Overall I think the romance worked. It's a little shocking, but not in a bad way. Overall I really enjoyed this one!

Mar 25, 2018

Fairly outlandish and unbelievable, two people survive on a deserted island over several years. It was fine ... it's a cute, short read for a lazy day.

Mar 21, 2017

A book to read when you want to think about nothing. Very simple and predictable contest. Good reading on vacation time.

Mar 22, 2016

When I was about 1/3 of the way through this book, I wondered if watching paint dry would be more interesting.
The characters were very flat. The storyline was fairly predictable and their May/December relationship inappropriate.
Also, I found both characters to be sort of mindless and under-reactive.
For someone who reads a lot, I would rather have invested the time in a much more captivating book.
To each their own I guess

Apr 27, 2015

Beautiful love story, well written. I read the book it 2 days. I would recommend! I was very hesitant because of the subject matter however I am glad I looked beyond that.

I_sing_the_Body_Electric Jul 15, 2014

Interesting events occurred in this novel to say the least. If you're into 'The Blue Lagoon' then you'll love this. The plot sometimes jumped way ahead into the future, which was a tad annoying and some evens were slightly unrealistic but surprisingly its an addicting book!

ABitner Mar 28, 2014

I started this book at night and finished it the same day at 4am. Interesting, fun and easy to get into. Also, pretty satisfied with the ending :)

Feb 01, 2014

No this book probably isn't going to win any awards for originality or for plot, but I loved it! It kept me interested the whole way through, I read it in one sitting. I fell in love with the characters and I was really invested in what happened to them. So don't go into this expecting a life-changing read and you'll enjoy it for what it is!

dollfacecrafter Nov 25, 2013

I really enjoyed this, please people this is a story, it is made up, so who cares if it is kind of far-fetched! It made a great story and what happened between the two main people was very believable, in fact I don't get how she held out for so long!! laws do not apply on an island!! it is ultimately a love story.

Aug 10, 2013

This book does not rate more than 1 star. I give that for the cover. The story is too much like, The Blue Lagoon in so many ways. I recently watched the 1980 re make of that movie, starring Brooke Shield.
I will not other reading, Covet!

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