Title: On the Island (On the Island ~ Book 1)
Author: Tracey Garvis Graves | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: June 07 2012 (first published September 3rd 2011)
Length: 329 Pages
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Source: Purchased (Kindle Edition)
Cover Love: Absolutely beautiful, stunning...
Point of View: Alternating 1st person between both Anna and T.J.
My Rating: 5 Stars
Beth Michele recommended On the Island to me, and I will forever be in her debt. As soon as I read the synopsis I was intrigued, and I knew that my ever growing 'to be read' pile would be forgotten yet again. Now that I've finished On the Island, I have a few questions. How in the world have I not heard about this book before now? And how in the world is this book not being talked about by every single reader out there? I was hooked from page one to the very end. I cried, I laughed, I cried some more, I laughed some more, and I undeniably fell in love.
As I started On the Island, I was even more excited (if that was even possible) to discover that it was told in an alternating point of view, following both Anna and T.J. Dual POV is my one of my favorites, because it allows us into the head of both characters. I adore a good male perspective and the author has delivered that wonderfully.
First thing I did when I was back into work was tell all of my reading friends about this book. I was surprised that their first reaction was to screw up their face when I mentioned the age difference between Anna and T.J. It was then that I remembered that I also went into it with the same concern over their age, but now that I have completed it, I've realized that I didn't give it a second thought once I started.
There is nothing inappropriate that occurs while T.J. is under age, and I feel it important to point that out. There is nothing sleazy or dirty about the bond these two form while on the island. It is a natural and beautiful connection, one that even now writing this review brings a tear to my eye when I think about it. It is a gradual friendship that turns to love, and again the only word I can think of to describe it is beautiful.
I can not even put into words the love I have for Anna and T.J. I felt as though I was right there with them during their struggles. There were several times when I simply could not see how they were ever going to survive, and it was heart wrenching. They showed both unbelievable strength and courage in a time of great difficulty. I know that I would not have made it through the hardships they faced, but thankfully they had each other.
I think myself lucky to have been able to read some amazing books in my lifetime, and I will be adding On the Island to my list of all time favorites... without a doubt. This is the kind of book that I will gush about forever, with anybody who is willing to listen to me. And the most shocking discovery? This is Tracey Garvis Graves' debut novel. I will be on the look out for anything she publishes in the future, she has won me over as a lifelong reader of her novels.