Sunday, June 24, 2012
Review: On The Island
By Tracey Garvis Graves
Genre Adult contemporary
Recommended by Rebecca
First sentence I was thirty years old when the seaplane T.J. Callahan and I were on crash-landed in the Indian Ocean.
Anna's life appears to be heading no where. She has a job she loves but she's 30 years old and her boyfriend of eight years won't commit. When the opportunity to tutor 16 year old T.J for the summer at the families summer home in the Maldives arises, Anna jumps at the chance to get away and make some decisions. But life is about to get a lot more complicated. When the seaplane crash-lands in the Indian Ocean she and T.J are the only survivors. Stranded on a deserted island the two struggle to survive and fight the growing attachment between them.
What it has going for it
I'm not going to lie. I love deserted on tropical island stories. Throw in a 30 year old girl and a 16 year old boy and mention a possible romance and I'm definitely intrigued. No, not because I'm a perve! It's just conflict....really interesting conflict. And I LOVE conflict. First and foremost, my favorite part of the book was how the two survived. How they found food water and shelter and learned to adapt. I always find stories where people have to survive without anything absolutely thrilling. I don't want to be too spoilery so if you are already itching to read this one you can skip this next bit. ***I liked that the story wasn't just about the two on the island but how they got off and life after. Albeit a little less exciting, the story needed to go on beyond their rescue.*** The romance if you're worrying wasn't too shocking. I'll just go ahead and admit that if I was stranded on an island with a guy (almost any age) for three and a half years I'd have a heck of a hard time not having some sort of romance. If you survived this type of tragedy and spent that much time with only one person to talk to, some sort of deep relationship (not necessarily romantic) is going to happen. Just sayin'. I read this book in two days. It was very gripping and held my attention even during the slow parts. Lately...that's a good thing.
Um, I knew this was going to be romantic chick-lit in the guise of a survival story but I wasn't overly thrilled that, in reality, it was erotica in the guise of romance. Make sense? I'm not saying this was total crap but because it focused so much on the physical part of the romance I had a hard time believing these two were really in love. And as the whole story is based on their love I wanted to believe in it more. I also felt...and this might be spoilery again, ***that when they got off the island reality would have sunk in and they wouldn't have been so comfortable with their relationship anymore.***
It was very exciting and kinda sweet when Anna got stung by a jelly fish and T.J had to take care of her. Oh, and the dolphins helping kill the shark was cool too.
Yea or Nay?
Yeah, I might recommend it but only with the warning that there was sexual situations that bordered on erotica. Or maybe I just don't read enough "romance" and am being naive. ;)