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									On the Island: A Novel review

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                      Product Description-On the Island: A Novel
 Two people stranded on an island struggle to survive—and slowly fall in love—in the runaway New York Times bestseller, now
 available with a reading group guide and a letter from the author Anna Emerson is a thirty-year-old English teacher desperately
in need of adventure. Worn down by the cold Chicago winters and a relationship that’s going nowhere, she jumps at the chance
 to spend the summer on a tropical island tutoring sixteen-year-old T.J. T.J. Callahan has no desire to go anywhere. His cancer
  is in remission and he wants to get back to his normal life. But his parents are insisting he spend the summer in the Maldives
catching up on all the school he missed last year. Anna and T.J. board a private plane headed to the Callahan’s summer home,
    and 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 that they’re stranded on an uninhabited island. At first, their only thought is
  survival. But as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent
  tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet
 another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually
                                                         becoming a man.

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Customer Reviews:
331 of 375 people found the following review helpful

COMPLETELY blown away!!!, December 19, 2011 By SunFlowers
This review is from: On the Island (Kindle Edition) I'm ridiculously hard to please when it comes to romance novels. I make no
qualms about my quirks. If I hate a book, I will always say so. I don't sugarcoat. I usually raise eyebrows at books with
overwhelmingly 5 star reviews. I figure this is the author paying people to shill and/or friends of the authors. Basically deceptive
and fake reviews. There's so much of this going on so it's not uncommon to think of.But I got the sample and something about it
hooked me good so I bought it, read it and FELL IN LOVE with it.5 stars is a rarity for me. When I 5 star something, trust me that
you can take it to the bank. I found this book on the romance forum as a recommendation for older heroine/younger hero. The
age gap made me balk for a minute but after reading the sample I couldn't resist the pull of this book.There wasn't ONE THING I
disliked in this book. Not a single thing. It was all around, 100%, grade A PERFECTION.The hero is perfect...

90 of 102 people found the following review helpful

Won over the skeptic in me - 4.5 stars, January 23, 2012 By HJ Leonard "Jo" (USA)
This review is from: On the Island (Kindle Edition) I read this book based on a recommendation from an Amazon forum. Lately, I
have been in the habit of bypassing self-pubbed books due to the remarkable inconsistency of quality. Thank goodness I didn't
pass this one by.Spoilers may be included in the following:Anna is a 30 year-old teacher, hired to tutor 16 year-old T.J., who has
recently gone into remission after a long battle with cancer. As T.J.'s family has flown ahead, he and Anna make the trip to the
Indonesian island together. Unfortunately, on the last leg of their journey, their plane crashes into the sea, and they wash up
onto one of many small islands (think Castaway-the movie).What follows is a wonderful story about two people thrown together
and leaning on each other to survive, and eventually, however unlikely seeming, to fall in love. Actually, falling in love isn't that
unlikely for these two, not the way the story is told, 1st person, from both POVs. This allows the reader to...

121 of 140 people found the following review helpful

Great Book, September 18, 2011 By Kate
This review is from: On the Island (Kindle Edition) I chose this book at random while looking for something to start reading
before bed. I wound up staying up into the early morning, finishing it in one sitting. I wish all books were this well thought out
and developed. It exceeded my expectations. A 4 star book for me is one that I can't put down. A 5 star is when I put it down
and I can't stop thinking about it for days afterward. Worth the time. It is fun, dramatic, serious, and sweet but it will make you
think about your own life and relationships.

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