Review: ‘On The Island’ by Tracy Garvis Graves

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I recently finished reading the book On the Island: A Novel (aff link) by Tracey. I have a weakness for light summer reading, this book fit the bill perfectly.

The plot is straightforward. An English teacher from Chicago named Anna Emmerson is hired by a wealthy family to tutor their son, T.J. Callahan. T.J. had cancer that is in remission. Because of his cancer he missed a lot of school. It’s up to Anna to get T.J. ready make up for the year of high school he missed.

In short, as they’re flying to the exotic island where the Callahan’s have their summer home, their small puddle jumper plane crashes in the ocean. T.J. manages to swim to safety with an unconscious Anna in tow. They spend the next few years on a tropical  island in the Maldives trying to survive with what limited resources they have.

I’m not going to say anymore because I don’t want to ruin the plot.

The characters are not quite fully fleshed out, meaning you get enough backstory for the novel to make sense. However, I found that the plot made up for the one-dimensional characters. In fairness, I should say that as the novel moves forward, the characters do change over time, and it’s obvious. Not only do they change individually, but their relationship with each other changes as well.

The plot moves at a fast pace. It had enough suspense to keep me clipping along. If I had more time, I probably could have finished the novel in two or three days.

One thing I found interesting, but also a little annoying was the narrative. It went alternated between T.J.’s point of view and Anna’s. I got used to it after a while. There are some advantages to seeing things from both character’s point of view, as the novel presents them. By the end, it didn’t bother me nearly as much.

Overall, I did enjoy the book. It is light summer reading that’s perfect for the beach or to pass time on an airplane. It does have a small element of romance in it, so it might not be suited for guys who like action-packed books where the characters’ heads get blown off. Talking as guy myself though, I didn’t feel naughty reading it.

Disclaimer: I linked to the ebook on Barnes & Noble’s website. I’m a B&N affiliate, meaning I get a small percentage of each sale. Because I enjoyed this book, I decided to make it easy for you to find. I am NOT being compensated in any way, from anyone, to write this favorable review. The affiliate link is just a way to help support Brad’s Reader.


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