Saturday, September 1, 2012

"On The Island" My Thoughts

When thirty-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 seventeen 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.

My Thoughts...
I haven't stayed up until the wee small hours in the morning to read a book in years. But when I started reading this book last evening, I just couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. It seemed like I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. 

I was kind of in a reading slump this week, and decided I needed something different to read, other then my normal reading. I noticed a lot of nice reviews about this book so decided to read it. I was not disappointed....


  1. I'll have to check into this book and see if I can get it from our library. I don't know about you, but when I get a good book, I hate to read the last couple of chapters, since I know that means the book is finished. Have a great week-end.

  2. Glad you enjoyed it. It kept me up till late reading as well.

  3. I got it from the library on Sat. started it this afternoon and hated to put it down to fix a bite of supper. Will be going back to it in a few moments. Thanks for letting me know about it.

  4. Had me to the whole boy becoming a man thing