Blog Post #13: On the Island Review

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Oooooh this is a good one. Hey folks! Hope you had a great Christmas and are all having a relaxing holiday so far. Sorry that I’ve been MIA. Today I’m going to review On the Island, by Tracey Garvis Graves.

It tells the story of Anna, a sophomore English teacher and T.J., a sixteen-year-old recently in remission, who plan on travelling to the Maldives. (which is T.J’s parents’ idea) While he’s less than pleased, the whole purpose of the trip is so that T.J can catch up on all the school he missed when he received treatment. (I haven’t the foggiest as to why he can’t just stay home to do so. However I know can’t judge, because I’m not a parent) But after the pilot suffers from a heart attack during their flight, dies, and they end up on a remote island in the middle of nowhere with only limited resources and each other to depend on for survival, Garvis, takes readers on an intense journey of two strong-willed characters determined to push through despite facing nearly impossible odds.

As days become weeks and weeks turn into months, seeking comfort in one another eventually grows into something much more. The unbreakable bond they establish gets them through extremely challenging times – both on the island and the events following their harrowing rescue.

I haven’t been this moved by a novel in so long. After I read it I had to take a deep breath afterwards. This is the first novel I’ve read from Tracey Garvis Graves and I absolutely adored it. I honestly can’t wait to see more of her work. I’m so glad I decided to give this book a shot and took it out from my local library. If you’re looking for an exciting, nail-biting, and chair-gripping book, On the Island is the next read for you.

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