ON THE ISLAND

ON THE ISLAND

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In this runaway New York Times bestseller, a harrowing near-death experience brings together an English teacher and her student as they struggle to survive on a desert island.

Sixteen-year-old T.J. Callahan has no desire to go anywhere. With his cancer in remission, all he wants is to get back to his normal life. But his parents insist that he spend the summer catching up on the school he missed while he was sick.

Anna Emerson is a thirty-year-old English teacher who has been worn down by the cold Chicago winters and a relationship that's going nowhere. To break up the monotony of everyday life, she jumps at the chance to spend the summer on a tropical island tutoring T.J.

Anna and T.J. board a private plane headed to the Callahans' summer home, but as they fly over the Maldives' twelve hundred islands, the unthinkable happens: their plane crashes in shark-infested waters. They make it to shore, but soon discover they're stranded on an uninhabited island.

At first, their only thought is survival. But as the days turn to weeks, and then months, and as birthdays pass, the castaways must brave violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the worst threat of all--the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return. With only each other for love and support, these two lost souls must come to terms with their situation and find compaionship in one another in the moments they need it most.
ISBN: 9780142196724
Branch Call Number: PB ROMANCE GAR

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1C00lgrannie
May 21, 2019

I throughly enjoyed this book. I thought the storyline totally plausible and not in any way offensive or explotive. Why should there be a double standard for having a relationship where the man is older than the female, but the relationship is under scrutiny or disdain if the woman is older than the male. I also loved the way the storyline depicted the survival of two individuals who overcame many hardships through ingenuity and using their wits by working totally together to survive. It held my interest throughout and I loved the ending where love conquerors all. I would definitely recommend this book!!

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MrsNikki
Mar 02, 2019

Good book

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

Good story even though a bit inappropriate. I think it was more about survival.

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KatG1983
Mar 25, 2018

Fairly outlandish and unbelievable, two people survive on a deserted island over several years. It was fine ... it's a cute, short read for a lazy day.

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KonstantinC
Mar 21, 2017

A book to read when you want to think about nothing. Very simple and predictable contest. Good reading on vacation time.

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Alpha_zzz
Mar 22, 2016

When I was about 1/3 of the way through this book, I wondered if watching paint dry would be more interesting.
The characters were very flat. The storyline was fairly predictable and their May/December relationship inappropriate.
Also, I found both characters to be sort of mindless and under-reactive.
For someone who reads a lot, I would rather have invested the time in a much more captivating book.
To each their own I guess

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EnglishTeacher4609
Apr 27, 2015

Beautiful love story, well written. I read the book it 2 days. I would recommend! I was very hesitant because of the subject matter however I am glad I looked beyond that.

I_sing_the_Body_Electric Jul 15, 2014

Interesting events occurred in this novel to say the least. If you're into 'The Blue Lagoon' then you'll love this. The plot sometimes jumped way ahead into the future, which was a tad annoying and some evens were slightly unrealistic but surprisingly its an addicting book!

ABitner Mar 28, 2014

I started this book at night and finished it the same day at 4am. Interesting, fun and easy to get into. Also, pretty satisfied with the ending :)

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jorbenton
Feb 01, 2014

No this book probably isn't going to win any awards for originality or for plot, but I loved it! It kept me interested the whole way through, I read it in one sitting. I fell in love with the characters and I was really invested in what happened to them. So don't go into this expecting a life-changing read and you'll enjoy it for what it is!

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