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On the Island Paperback – July 10, 2012
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“[Garvis Graves is] the patron saint of independent authors.”—Kirkus Features
“If you like Lost, Castaway and Fifty Shades of Grey, this initially self-published and now New York Times bestseller will float your boat.”—Genevieve Fox, Daily Mail (London)
“An addictive hybrid: The Beach meets Robinson Crusoe meets Room.”—Julia Llewellyn, The Telegraph
“The breakout hit.”—Susan Maguire, Booklist
About the Author
Tracey Garvis Graves lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, two children, and hyper dog Chloe. She loves hearing from her fans and can be found on Twitter @tgarvisgraves and at facebook.com/tgarvisgraves.
Top Customer Reviews
But I got the sample and something about it hooked me good so I bought it, read it and FELL IN LOVE with it.
5 stars is a rarity for me. When I 5 star something, trust me that you can take it to the bank. I found this book on the romance forum as a recommendation for older heroine/younger hero. The age gap made me balk for a minute but after reading the sample I couldn't resist the pull of this book.
There wasn't ONE THING I disliked in this book. Not a single thing. It was all around, 100%, grade A PERFECTION.
The hero is perfect. The heroine is perfect. They are human and flawed and make mistakes but when I say they're perfect, I mean that I really LOVED them as characters, as people. It's rare to read a character that's genuinely good. Inherently good with nothing to dislike about them.
I don't even need to give a summary of this book because the written summary already tells exactly what it's about and I don't want to spoil this goodness. It's long but it's so perfect. The characters are fleshed out, their time on the island is fully developed and you truly get to know T.J. and Anna. After a few pages, it almost stops being a book and becomes a movie. The author was meticulous descriptive and it was as if you could literally SEE them on this island. SEE what they were doing and it was wonderful.Read more ›
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Anna is a 30 year-old teacher, hired to tutor 16 year-old T.J., who has recently gone into remission after a long battle with cancer. As T.J.'s family has flown ahead, he and Anna make the trip to the Indonesian island together. Unfortunately, on the last leg of their journey, their plane crashes into the sea, and they wash up onto one of many small islands (think Castaway-the movie).
What follows is a wonderful story about two people thrown together and leaning on each other to survive, and eventually, however unlikely seeming, to fall in love. Actually, falling in love isn't that unlikely for these two, not the way the story is told, 1st person, from both POVs. This allows the reader to get inside Anna and T.J., to see their thought processes and how their relationship evolves.
There are not many books that I'm left thinking about for days after I've finished - usually I read several others and just keep going, but in this case, despite the quantity of books I've read since finishing On the Island, I'm still there, in that book, reliving it in my head. This is a good thing.
On a technical note - the book is extremely well-written, despite being a self-pub, and no glaring plots holes, etc. I was, however, disappointed to find that the author has not yet published anything else. I will now be on the lookout for her next book.
It was when they got off the island that the book started to disintegrate. Either the author was rushed to make a deadline or she switched places with someone else because the parts after the island are pretty bad.
There's a very, very deep story going on here. The couple whose relationship seemed so right on the island are thrown into the "real world" where not everybody agrees with it and they need to, once again, adapt to a new way of life and figure out if they still choose to be together even when they were no longer each others' only option. This part of the book (practically the whole 2nd half) should have been just as captivating as the first part. But the writer doesn't go deep with it. She stays on the surface and has the characters tell instead of show. There's so much wasted space and amateurish writing in the post-island part of the book that I found myself skipping entire pages just to get it over with. There was a lot of useless information on those pages. For example, Anna goes to the grocery store and the author tells us every single item that's in the grocery cart. For what reason? The groceries had nothing to do with the plot.
Another thing that bugged me throughout the entire book was the way the characters kept calling each other by name. People don't do that in real life. I'm surprised that none of the beta-readers picked up on it.
The story is also very long. All of the reviewers who are saying they read it in one sitting should probably get checked for blood clots!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very romantic love story. Wasn't what I expected in the beginning but got better as I kept reading. Highly recommend if you're looking for a good love story.Published 23 hours ago by angie
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The story made you feel so sorry for them. You felt that it was inevitable that they would end up as lovers. They took care of each other, consoled each other. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Lydia Roman
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This book was recommended to me by a friend. I have had it in by library for over a year and just found it. It was really a great story. I was sorry it ended.Published 1 month ago by nana
This book is a fun read that moved quickly enough to keep me interested - the plot twists can be a little unlikely at times, but I enjoyed the drama! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paula