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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
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 16th 2012 by Penguin (first published September 4th 2011)
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Aestas Book Blog
Wow. 5.5 stars!! (New review - edited after re-read)

LOVE LOVE LOVED this absolutely beautiful , unique and unforgettable story about survival and love.

Its well-written, riveting and heartfelt. The HEA ending is just perfect with an epilogue that brought the happiest tears to my eyes. I honestly don’t have one single complaint to make about the this book.

One of my top favorite reads ever!

I just finished reading it for the second time. I read it once a year ago and absolutely adored it but it w
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Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
“It would always be summer on the island.”

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This was such a warm book hug *heart eyes*

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I'm late to the love for this book.
On The Island has been on my tbr for the longest of time for one thing and one thing only; the premise. The story that Graves writes is so one-of-a-kind and unique (which is pretty hard to find in the Romance genre) that it begs it's readers to give it a go.

“I don't fit in your world."
"Neither do I," he said, his expression tender yet reso
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Yes! This book is getting all the stars!
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Anna is a thirty year old teacher who has agreed to tutor a 17 year old that has recently gone into remission from cancer. The treatments caused him to get behind at school so his family decides to spend the summer with a tutor to catch him up. This family has some cash though so they are headed to their summer rental in the Maldives.
The family has already left leaving Anna and her student TJ to join them. The small plane that is taking them to join th
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KAS
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites


5 Unique, Unforgettable & Unputdownable!! Stars!!!

I went in totally blind, and so thrilled I did. I had no preconceived notions about what I was going to read except that a really great Goodreads friend, Robin, gave it five stars months ago, and I immediately added it to my tbr. I honestly forgot about it until this same great friend gifted this book to me a couple of days ago. I thought, "Yeah, I am definitely in the mood for an island getaway, which I am sure involves romance." I am so glad I
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Elyse  Walters
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ANOTHER UPDATE: $1.99 kindle special today: VERY FUN SUMMER READ!!!!


Update... OMG... I saw a friend reading this just seconds ago -- and after so much craziness around here in the last 17 hours ....
Oh, I'm in the mood for a fun escape get-a-way book like this ....
it's was pure female fun escape fantasy enjoyment... who knows another book LIKE THIS?? A page turner fun thrill ride -'similar' to this?? Got ideas??? Listening!!!



UPDATE: (in Honor of Monkey-Girl)...

I'm not sure why I gave this 3 sta
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♡Karlyn P♡

Awesome, awesome, awesome!

wow, what a great book this turned out to be! It's one of the few 'hyped' books I've read lately that really live up to the hype.

At first I really wasn't sure about it. The book description didn't sound like my cuppa, and in a way it wasn't, but the author really made this one work and made me a believer.

Seriously, don't shy away from this one! Yes, there is a whopping age difference between the H/h, with the heroine being the older of the two. 13 1/2 years actually,
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Calia
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
Before I even start my review I need to ask the most important question.....
How is this Tracey’s first book? I’m skeptical, I don’t believe it.
She writes so flawlessly.
The story was amazing!

I mean, she wrote about two people living on a island, how entertaining could that possibly be?
Turns out more than I knew.. I truly could not stop reading this book.

I read this during a nasty cold. Now thats dedication people!

T.J. is a sixteen year old, that is in remission from cancer. Anna is a 30 ye
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Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister by: Amy | Foxy Blogs
Utterly breathtaking!

A friend of mine (Amy aka, Foxy) persuaded me to read this book and helped me through it since I was initially concerned about the subject matter. I couldn't be happier that she finally convinced me! If you are someone who, like me, tends to shy away from books involving sickness and/or tragedy, don't cross this one off your list; its focus lies on a very positive outcome and is substantially more encouraging than it is tragic.

Anna is T.J.'s tutor and agrees to attend a vac
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Navessa
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it
A lovely romance, an incredibly unique premise, but for me, parts of this fell flat.

It mostly comes down to what I expect from first person perspective. I expect emotion. I expect insight. Not only do I expect to read about a sequence of events, but I also expect to know what a character thinks and feels about those events as they unfold.

I didn't during most of this.

Imagine that you're stranded on an island in the middle of the Pacific, when suddenly your only companion and the person you happ
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Alex is The Romance Fox
I LOVED IT!!!!

There have been so many amazing reviews written and by now everyone is familiar with the story-line and the characters. I could go on and on about this great love story but it would take pages and pages so I am just going to give a short version of my thoughts and feelings.

From the first paragraph -
"I was thirty years old when the seaplane T.J. Callahan and I were traveling on crash-landed in the Indian Ocean. T.J. was sixteen, and three months into remission from Hodgkin's lymph
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Kathleen
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Story Rating ~ 5 HUGE STARS!
Hero Rating ~ 5 STARS!
Heroine Rating ~ 5 STARS!
Romance Rating ~ 5 STARS!
Heat Level ~ 3 Stars
Ending ~ 5 STARS!
Overall Rating ~ 5 NOW THAT WAS AN AMAZING READ STARS!

This is one of those books, you know the one that has been sitting on your ereader, the one you were planning to read but just never got around to it. After reading Auntee’s review for the second time around, I finally decided that it’s time I get down to it and I gave this book a go, I’m SO glad I finally d
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Steelwhisper
It's not easy for me to give this 1* only and I've thought about this long and hard. Normally I would have either not rated this at all, or given it a 2* and shrugged. However, I am a bit too angry about the way this was written for comfort and a shrug. So allow me to explain...

(there may be spoilers)

I was prepared to like this and--quite unlike American readers--I live in a country where 16 is the age of consent, even for relationships between much older adults and youths, and Anne's alleged po
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Jill

4.5 stars

I was thirty years old when the seaplane T.J. Callahan and I were traveling on crash-landed in the Indian Ocean. T.J. was sixteen...

Treatment for cancer has left T.J. behind in his studies. His parents hire teacher Anna Emerson to tutor T.J. over the summer at their rental on one of the small islands off the main island of the Maldives. When the pilot suffers a fatal heart attack, the seaplane crashes into the ocean and T.J. and Anna make it to a small, uninhabited island.

To pare down
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

I read this book in 2013 and constantly think of it whenever someone asks for a romance recommendation. However, my own rating sat at 3.5 Stars all these years so I decided to give it a re-do in order to find out WTF was going on. Turns out I either suffered a concussion or wasn’t prepared to embrace my inner whore back in the day because I. MOTHEREFFING. LOVE. THIS. STORY. The synopsis and all that mumbo jumbo are contained in my orig
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Akanksha❤ Søren♰
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
I started this book thinking

'Ah, seems like a weird book with a huge age gap beween the main leads and the story seems like its going to be dragged'

Holy hell, how wrong was I.

God fucking knows why I haven't read this book when I've had it since like Aug '12!! I feel like kicking myself, HARD!!

Author, I love you and I've got only one thing to say to you
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^ ^ ^ I was like this after finishing the book. ^ ^ ^

I AM TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK

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Totally touch me to the core

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My eyes should really stop
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
5 STARS!!!

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This is my second time reading it and loved it even more than the first time around! Wow, just simply amazeballs!

This is a book where the blurb jumped out to me. A much older female tutor and an in-remission teenager crash in the ocean and end up on a deserted island? Well sign me up! A very realistic, heartwarming, and thought-provoking read, On the Island will always remain a top favorite on my shelf!

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The story is told from dual POVs. Enter Anna, a 30 year old English teacher who is h
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♥Rachel♥
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Bethany
Shelves: favorites
I started this books thinking I'd just read a few chapters but then couldn't put it down until I finished. Wow!

Anna is a thirty-year old teacher who has accepted a tutoring job on a Maldives island over the summer. Anna is to tutor to sixteen year-old T.J., while he and his family vacation in this island paradise. Anna is more than happy to do this, she needs to get away to make a major decision in her life. Should she stay with the man who she's lived with, John, for the last seven years, or s
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Tarryn Fisher
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With every page, I kept asking myself, why did this author self publish? Who was the fool that turned her down? Her writing is extremly polished, her character's are deeply likeable. I could not put it down! The only part I found unbelievable were in fact, the dolphins :)
I am an immediate and lifelong fan of this author.
Em Lost In Books
it was cute and lovely and had lots "awwww..." moments. A perfect read for when you are in mood for a light story. ...more
Kristalia
Final rating: 5/5 stars
Buddy read with my darlings Nab & Basuhi & Pavlina, Jerry aka 9 3/4 and Monisha (click on names to see their reviews)

"I don't fit in your world."
"Neither do I," he said, his expression tender yet resolute. "So let's make our own. We've done it before.”


This was interesting and nice book, with a different setting from usual and refreshing love story. I liked it and enjoyed it and i am glad that i have read it!

This is a story of two people, Anna and T.J. wh
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Tina
Feb 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am stunned at all the 5-star ratings of this book on goodreads! There are some very good 1-star reviews you could dig up here, but also at another very popular retail site... If you are even a somewhat serious reader, please refer to the 1-star reviews about this book first - it will save you time!!! Here is what I wrote there (and I don't even claim to be a serious reader - I thoroughly enjoy "light fiction" most of the time... But it has to be at least slightly "above 5th grade" light fictio ...more
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
Revie to come soon :))

Buddy read with Kristalia,Nab,Basuhi,9 3/4 (Jerry :)) )Monisha

on 9th July :))


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Leslie
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My goodness...what a WONDERFUL book!!

Anna Emerson is a 30 year old English teacher who is offered a job tutoring 16 year old, T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives. Almost seventeen, T.J. is in remission from cancer and now he's on his way to spend his first summer, free from radiation and chemo, with his family; along with a stack over overdue assignments. Understandably, he is not looking forward to his summer. However, Anna jumps at the chance to spend the entire summer
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Abbi Glines
Fantastic book. One of my favorite romance reads… of the year. Can I say that? I mean I started reading it in 2011 and finished in 2012… so um….
Anyway it is awesome.
Stacia (the 2010 club)
What a beautiful story this was.

First, off, I would like to thank my friends who have taken the time to read books like these and recommend them to me. At first glance, I had sort of bypassed the book, not thinking much of it.

After seeing that On the Island was gaining buzz on GR for being a sleeper book, I gave it a second look. The cover? Basic; nothing too impressive. The summary? It peaked my interest a little. I had a guilty fascination with movies like The Blue Lagoon and Return to the Blu
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 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* by: 5-Star Reviews from Goodreads Friends
5 Stars!!! - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den

WOW. SO DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED! Beautiful, real and moving.





It’s been a long while since I finished a book the same day I started it, but I did with this. I couldn’t put On the Island down! Even though I was meant to be doing work at home this past weekend. I was THAT hooked!!!

Sometime last year, I saw many 5-Star reviews for this book, and I added it, just waiting for the right time for when I was in the mood for a Blue Lagoon type of sto
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Karla
5 Stars!!Absolutely loved it!! Wow...the writing style, the characters, the storyline, the romance...everything. Once I started I could not stop. TJ was awesome and so was Anna. My goodness, how they survived and the love that developed between them, was a bond that would prove to stand the test of time. Anna was so strong and composed, and TJ, forced to become a man at young age, handled his circumstances better than most mature men could. He faced death twice by the age of 16 and I think that ...more
*TANYA*
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sigh!! What an endearing story!! I was immediately enthralled by this book. The dread and angst!!??!! Seriously, I could not put this book down. Truly lovely, very romantic, and captivating!!!
Katie
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a pleasant surprise! I had On The Island on my radar for a while, but was finally pushed over the edge when I saw quite a few of my GR friends were really enjoying it. I have to say I totally agree. Pay attention authors! The most important thing is creating likable characters, and this is how you do it.

After a long battle with cancer, T.J's parents have decided the entire family is going to an island for a little R and R and family QT. Because of T.J's illness he had fallen behind in his
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Melissa
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow.....what a great book! I had such a hard time putting it down.

I have to admit that I was a little disturbed by the age difference between Anna and T.J. in the beginning, but as the story unfolded I got over it. It was such an unexpected and refreshing love story. The alternating POV's was great and I enjoyed that we were given more than just a glimpse of their life after being rescued.
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“I don't fit in your world."
"Neither do I," he said, his expression tender yet resolute. "So let's make our own. We've done it before.”
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“[T.J.] I pulled my arms out from underneath her body and tucked her hair behind her ears. “I love you, Anna.”
The surprised look on her face told me she hadn’t seen that coming.
“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.” I pulled her mouth down to mine and kissed her and when it ended, I smiled and said, “Happy birthday.”
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