On the Island - Tracey Garvis-Graves
“I don’t fit in your world.”
“Neither do I,” he said, his expression tender yet resolute. “So let’s make our own. We’ve done it before.”


Ooohh how I love this book!! This is one of those reads that is going to leave you smiling at the end. And I love that after all the tragedy and the hardship these characters went through, they were rewarded with their happily ever after.

So this book is about Anna who was hired to tutor TJ, who is a cancer survivor, in an island to help him catch up with school. But on their way there the pilot of their seaplane had an heart attack and the plane crashed. Anna and TJ survived and they were washed up on an island where they faced the challenge of surviving in an isolated island with no resources.

At first they worried about where they would get food and clean water and also shelter. And as they adapted with their surroundings and when everything seems to be falling into their rightful places another problem is thrown into them. What I loved most about this book was how I connected with the characters. When they are struggling, I struggle with them, and when they are rejoicing I feel elated as well! When Anna feels helpless, I feel the same thing and wonder how will things ever get better for them?

When they were rescued I felt so much relief!!! Because even though they had their own paradise, I worried until when will this paradise hold happiness for them? The event that led to their rescue had my heart pounding and I was thinking, if one of them dies I think I'll go crazy. Fortunately, no one was left behind. And that moment when Anna called Sarah, her sister I kinda cried with her. Of course being back in their world, there were still problems they had to deal with. I like how TJ's mom was okay and accepting of his relationship with Anna. Usually authors will bombard us with as many problems as they could think of but Ms. Garves know when to inflict conflict and when it is not needed. What amazed me more is that when they were still on the island it was almost impossible for them to have something to fight over something, but in a world where they are surrounded by other people, it is easy to look for a fault that can signal the start of their fallout. I love how until the end they managed to held on and I love TJ's maturity. For me their love was different and unusual but it was the good type of different, one worthy of recognition, one I could say, can conquer all. And they did conquer it all. This was a refreshing read venturing on issues and topics of being lost and then found. This was one heart warming and realistic read and I loved every perfection and flaw of this book has. :)