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, New York : A Plume Book, 2012.
ISBN: 9781101609095
Characteristics: 1 online resource (336 pages)
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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!

cinseg1 May 30, 2013

Powerfully endearing and engrossing story of survival against harrowing circumstances and from there, a story of true love between two unlikely individuals. I couldn't put it down. I loved it. I am looking forward to a sequel to this book and her next novel.

May 28, 2013

So ridiculous this book borders on the comical, which is the reason I read it all the way to the end. A farce, but a fun farce to read.

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