On the IslandOn the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like survive a plane crash only to get stranded on a deserted island with little to no hope of rescue, this book will help answer some of your questions.

Ana is thirty and decides to take the tutoring job with T.J to give herself some time away from the real world to figure out her life. T.J is sixteen and recovering from a battle with cancer. His parents are forcing him to spend the summer making up the tenth grade when all he wants to do is go back to living his life like he did before he was sick.

Life, however, has other plans for T.J and Ana. They make it to shore after surviving the plane crash only to find they now have to figure out how to survive on a deserted island.

Not surprising, during the duration of their stay on the island, Ana and T.J’s relationship changes from student/teacher/stranger to friends to romantic. In spite of the age difference, that is constantly brought to our attention, I feel the progression of their relationship was perfectly natural and tastefully done by the author.

The author does a really great job of highlighting the differences between life on the island and real life. There were no real far-fetched parts of the story that make it hard to believe it could really happen. There are many different facets of life that are touched on; surviving on a deserted island, the complications of a relationship with significant age difference, hanging on to hope in an impossible situation.

An overall well written story with a very satisfying ending.

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