This book was fantastic!! It was absolutely everything I needed to get me out of this book funk. A unique story about love, survival and self discovery.
It’s extremely well written. I was worried about a book mostly set on an island because well, they’re on an island. And there really isn’t much you can do on an island. But Tracey Garvis Graves is a phenomenal writer and not once did I feel as though the book wasn’t going anywhere. I was flipping through pages faster than I have in a long time trying to find out what was going to happen next!
A quick recap of the story: After a plane crash, TJ and Anna are stranded together on a deserted island somewhere in the Maldives. They work together to survive while they wait and wait and wait for a plane to come looking for them. Weeks on end, they battle with weather and limited supplies to get them through the day. Weeks turn to months, and months turn to years, Anna and TJ come to the conclusion that being rescued may never happen. But together on the island meant that TJ and Anna watch each other grow, they bond and help each other through some of the most terrifying events.
I just wanted to point out their age difference which I know will bother some of you. In the beginning, TJ is 16. He’s in remission from cancer and therefore a lot wiser for his age. Anna is his tutor, at 30 years of age. In this book, their age difference did not at all bother me. Their friendship doesn’t progress further until he is almost 19 years old, therefore is not in anyway an ‘underage’ issue in the book. You’re also forced to get to know these characters because they are ‘it’ for a lot of the book. There is noone else to get to know for a while. You see right through TJs age because he has to man up, and be a support for Anna, and therefore you get to see him grow into a man. It’s actually a really beautiful thing. I haven’t connected with characters so much in a book in a really long time.
“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.”
This book is told by alternating the chapters between the characters. Some chapters are short, but it works really well with the way the story is written. There was not a dull moment in this book. The author is extremely talented and I take my hat off to her for being able to write such an emotionally moving story with not much at all. I laughed, I cried, my heart raced and I couldn’t put it down.
“You named the chicken, Chicken?”
She looked embarrassed. “When we decided not to kill it, I got attached.”
It is beautifully written with a perfect HEA. If anyone is skeptical about either the age gap or TJ’s cancer, feel free to message me. But you really have nothing to worry about.
It will definitely be one of my favourites of the year!
“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.”
Rating: 4.5 Stars