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This review is from: On The Island (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)There's a sticker on the front of this book which says: Warning, you will fall in love with this novel.
It's fluffy, insubstantial nonsense, the sort of thing I'd have loved when I was 17, and the story has been done so many times before and so much better.
Anna is employed to tutor 16-year-old TJ who is recovering from cancer when the pilot of the plane they're travelling in has a heart attack and the plane crashes into the sea. Anna and TJ are shipwrecked on an island in the Maldives. But don't panic! Luckily Anna had packed enough shaving foam, soap, shampoo, toothpaste and various medication to last them both the four years it takes before they are rescued. As shaving her legs and smelling fragrant at all times are Anna's over-riding concerns, we can all breathe easy.
During the four years, lots of things go wrong, mainly involving scary creatures such as rats, jellyfish, bats and sharks. But because of all the medication Anna packed, everything gets sorted out very quickly. Also, Anna and TJ fall in love (no, I didn't see that coming either) but fortunately don't begin a sexual relationship until JUST BEFORE TJ's 19th birthday. So don't worry, it's all above board.
I don't think there's a shipwrecked cliche that doesn't come up in this book. I don't think there's a single deep emotion or thought or significant action.
The central love story is sugar-sweet, too sweet for me I'm afraid.