On the Island

On the Island

A Novel

eBook - 2012
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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 the forthcoming novel 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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group US, 2012
ISBN: 9781101609095
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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1C00lgrannie
May 21, 2019

I throughly enjoyed this book. I thought the storyline totally plausible and not in any way offensive or explotive. Why should there be a double standard for having a relationship where the man is older than the female, but the relationship is under scrutiny or disdain if the woman is older than the male. I also loved the way the storyline depicted the survival of two individuals who overcame many hardships through ingenuity and using their wits by working totally together to survive. It held my interest throughout and I loved the ending where love conquerors all. I would definitely recommend this book!!

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MrsNikki
Mar 02, 2019

Good book

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

Good story even though a bit inappropriate. I think it was more about survival.

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AConsolver
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!

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KatG1983
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.

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KonstantinC
Mar 21, 2017

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

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Alpha_zzz
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

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EnglishTeacher4609
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 :)

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