When 30-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 17 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.
©2011 Tracey Garvis-Graves (P)2012 Tracey Garvis-Graves
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On the island is a short, cant stop listening audiobook! It was well written and I couldnt believe it was over when it ended.
The most memorable moment was when Ana and TJ were separated by the Tsunami. It was heart wrenching.
Love always finds a way
Say something about yourself!
to much he does the talking then she does the talking , story was great
no this was my first
For me it ranks on the top. I will share this one with my listening friends.
Both of them. Believable.
Too many to say just one.
Anna, I could identify with her on so many levels.
I'm married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Love to read books, and love to listen to audio books. Genre's UF/Sci-Fi/ dystopian/ fiction and mystery/thrillers
Not sure why people are complaining about the narrator I thought she did a good job. I gave her 4 stars because she didn't change her voice when switching between characters, but that didn't take away from the book at all, The way the author wrote the book you didn't need the voices to change, you knew when it was Anna or T.J.'s POV.
I expected more substance. The characters were shallow and underdeveloped. The story was predictable.
Made the characters more believable. Getting stuck on an island and surviving for four years on coconuts and fish, while swimming with smiling dolphins and being lucky enough to have a toolbox and first aid kit wash ashore, and let's not forget the sex, was like reading a teenager's version of true love. The book is really a glorified harlequin romance novel.
No. I did not like her reading voice at all. She mispronounces words like "kept", leaving out the last letter of the word, saying "kep" instead. She does this through the book, failing to pronounce the "s" or "d" at the end of words. She does not express the right emotions for the scenes she reads. To be honest, I think her narration made the book cheesier than it already is.
I think the concept of the book was a good one. There was so much that could have been done with this storyline.
I think the author used the tragic event of the 2004 tsunami in poor taste. If you are going to use a historical event of this magnitude, at least give it the respect and attention it deserves instead of using it as a vehicle to move the characters through the story.
I downloaded this book on my Kindle and just wanted to hear it on audio. It was just as good as the text. The narrator was good and she helped me see the story again with her narration. If you are looking for a good story with a wondeful ending- pick up this book. Both characters were very believable and likeable. This is a keeper!
I love survival stories and romances and this combines both beautifully. This story is not going to please the reader of literary fiction but it offers more than the average lightweight read. I loved the interaction between the characters and the story is touching. If you cry at touchy-feely commercials, have some tissues on hand because this is a tearjerker. I can't wait to see what this first time author writes next! And IMHO, it's not just for teens either!
Unlikely Romance Blossoms
How they needed each other in order to survive. Each gave the other respect & trust for human survival.....then later their hearts & bodies for human nature. Surprisingly romantic.
Both! That's like asking, which leg do I favor for walking. :)
Once they were rescued, Anna knew that they would be separated either by days or worse forever....and she was already missing him and wondering how she would manage NOT sleeping next to him with his arms wrapped around her every night....as if already "husband & wife". Very touching.
Probably at some point.
At first I didn't think I would be able to listen to this narrator. She was talking so fast at first, and everything was running together. It really got on my nerves. I don't know if she got better as the book went along or if I just got used to her, but by the end it didn't bother me as much.
At first I was unsure of this book because of the age difference of the characters, but it turned out to be okay. Parts of the book are unrealistic, but I read for escapism so that never bothers me as long as it's a good story.
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