On the Island is a book that is perfectly suited to read during the hot summer months. The plot revolves around Anna, a thirty-year old teacher who has agreed to tutor sixteen-year old T.J. on a tropical island during the summer. She plans to re-evaluate her life while away on this work vacation, but she and T.J. soon find themselves on a deserted island after their pilot suffers a fatal heart attack during their flight. They then must try to figure out how to survive on this unknown island with limited resources, while also fighting off their natural desires.
I was completely absorbed in this book, and loved the survival aspect. I felt like I was on the island with Anna and T.J., and I found myself wincing and cheering them on during tough and joyous moments, respectively. There is a romance element that some readers may find inappropriate, but to me it felt natural in the context of the plot. My one gripe with this novel was the fact that I wish it was longer. I would have loved to have read more about their time on the island and *SPOILER ALERT* how they re-adjusted to civilian life (this portion felt short and a little rushed). Overall though, this is a gripping, emotional summer read that I highly recommend if you love beautifully portrayed survival tales.