On The Island

First of all, everyone told me to read this book to help fill the deep void in my heart after reading The Idea of You. (Yes, even well over a year later, a tremendous hole in my heart still exists after putting down that book!) In hindsight, I see what they were saying as this does involve a complicated romance with a big age difference. But while The Idea of You was actually really well written with complex-sish characters, this book just… wasn’t. I think the mistake on my part also was in reading it right after Patsy which was so complicated, emotional, and well-written. So anything would feel shallow after reading that book. But I needed something shallow. And I’m not here to talk trash as I still enjoyed it! I started it Saturday morning and was done by Sunday morning coffee. TJ is a 16 year old boy who had been sick with cancer in remission. His parents hire (30 year old) Anna to be his tutor for the summer, which they will be spending at a house in the Maldives. The parents go ahead and TJ + Anna head over later, but their pilot suffers a heart attack and TJ and Anna are stranded on the island. Days turn into months and they figure out how to survive and live together. But as TJ turns into a man… well, you know what happens next! I will say that there aren’t any sex scenes. It’s still steamy, and of course I kept reading because I wanted to know if they’d ever make it off the island, and if they did, how they’d ever manage to be together. This one wasn’t great, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t enjoyable. If that makes any sense at all!

Author: Tracey Garvis Graves