If it hadn't been for my GR friends I never would have picked this book up for 2 reasons:
1)I've never enjoyed survival, on a deserted island story. This traces back to my Robinson Crusoe experience, since at 11 I found the book hopelessly dull.
2)The older woman-almost underage guy thing. It's not that I have a problem with the heroine being older, but when he's 16-18, it's a big difference. Yes, the physical relationship only began when he was almost 19, but it's not something I looked forward to here.
Now, reasons I really liked this book:
1)Surprisingly, the surviving on the island thing was actually quite interesting. The stages described during the several-years period were logical. Plus it's educational-if I'm ever stranded on an island I'll know exactly what to do.
2) The relationship between Anna and T.J. was gradual and logical, too. It's not a story about how an older woman takes an advantage of a young boy-it's a story of two people getting to know each other and falling in love, both because and despite the circumstances.
3) I think the development after the island made sense. It was bound yo be different and challenging. They weren't all alone, anymore.
I did have a bit of a problem with the constant change of POVs. I have no problem with a 1st person story, but here it shifted a lot. Plus, while I liked this book, I didn't LOVE it, for some reason. I didn't get too involved with Anna and T.J.
"By then, I knew if we were ever rescued, T.J. would have to be a part of my life in Chicago. In what capacity, I didn’t know. He’d missed so much, and it wouldn’t be fair of me to take up too much of his time. The selfish part of me, however, couldn’t fathom not falling asleep in his arms or being with him every day. I needed T.J., and the thought of being away from him bothered me more than I wanted to admit."
“You weren’t supposed to fall in love,” she whispered.
“Well, I did,” I said, looking into her eyes. “I’ve been in love with you for months. I’m telling you now because I think you love me too, Anna. You just don’t think you’re supposed to. You’ll tell me when you’re ready. I can wait.”
"She wasn’t anyone’s to own – I knew that – but right then she was mine."