Throwback Thursday – On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves


Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.

My choice for this week is: 


On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves


Published September 4, 2011 by Penguin


Goodreads Description:

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.


My Thoughts:

My friend bought this book for me after she read and loved it. She was positive I would love it too. I read the description and thought it sounded good but I wasn’t in a hurry to read it. However, my friend was insistent that I read it right away.  Remembering all of the books I’d made her read over the years, I figured I should give it a try. And I’m really glad I did.

I loved it!

Pure escapism. With engaging characters and a great plot, I flew through this book in one afternoon.

Now here we are years later and my daughter is about to read it. I hope she loves it as much as I did and I am really hoping to have time to read it again soon.


8 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday – On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves

  1. Aw….that’s so great that your friend insisted that you read the book, you did, and loved it. I hope your daughter loves it too. It’s a wonderful feeling when you can share a book with your children and they wind up really enjoying it.

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