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Pushing the Boundaries (Off Limits) by [Trombley, Stacey]
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Myra goes to Haiti with one goal: take the photograph that will win a scholarship and prove to her uber-traditional family that she has what it takes to be a photographer instead of a doctor. Her camera has always been her shield against getting too close to anyone, but she didn’t expect the hot teen translator who has an ability to see past her walls.

Elias needs his job as a translator to provide for his siblings. He can’t afford to break the rule forbidding him from socializing with a client. Except this girl Myra insists on going outside the city to capture the perfect picture, and he steps in as her guide in order to keep her safe.

The deeper they travel into the country, the harder they fall for each other. Now they’re both taking risks that could cost each other their dreams.

If they get too close—it could ruin both their lives.

Disclaimer: Caution! Reading this book will open your heart and inspire you to take risks. Only those searching for true love should proceed.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1212 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Crush (16 January 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #539,408 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story with lots of cultural differences thrown in. 9 March 2017
By Stacy L Sabala - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Book Review- Pushing the Boundaries by Stacey Trombley

Myra has arrived in Haiti with her mother and the medical volunteers. They will be running the clinic for a few days. Myra’s mother wants her to be a doctor but Myra’s passion is photography. She wants to go to art school. Her mother would never understand or let her go.
Elias is the driver and interpreter hired to help the Americans. He knows he is very lucky to have this job to support his family. He has been warned by Mr. Rowland to keep everything professional. He catches Myra’s eye and tells her friend in English that he is cute. However she is embarrassed when she realizes he understood her. Her mother is not happy either. Myra knows she will hear about it later.
Myra is warned about the inappropriate boy and her behavior. Her mother is keeping a close eye on her and she has to be good. Her goal is to go out and see the real Haiti. Elias is also warned about keeping his distance. However he and Myra run across each other on the roof patio. He sees the real her and she is shocked. She is also intrigued. He offers to show her the real Haiti. Unfortunately things don’t go as planned as Myra battles with her mother and Elias fears losing his job.
When Myra decides to do it herself, she realizes she has no clue what she has gotten herself into. Elias comes to her rescue and the day they have is wonderful. Then everything falls apart around them. Myra has to decide if what she wants is worth fighting for.
The storyline of this book was fascinating. The author brings different cultures into play that conflict. Myra’s mother being from Pakistan has her views that Myra fights against. She is American and hates the strict ties her mother tries to bound her with. She wants to choose her own future. That is a huge conflict present in the story. It adds to Myra’s choices, drive and character.
Then add in the Haitian culture and see how poor the country truly is. The author shows the reader exactly what is happening. Elias supports his family with a job that is rare. It is hard to fathom the situation his life presents. Myra views Haiti from an American point of view which adds to the story. She doesn’t fully understand and that is difficult for Elias.
This plot has obvious avenues the author takes the reader, but there are underlying issues that bring out more of the complexity to the story. There are deeper issues at play. It was a great read. I recommend it. I give it a 4 out of 5.
4.0 out of 5 stars A different story... 18 January 2017
By Beckymmoe - Published on
Pushing the Boundaries has a fairly unique premise--a Pakistani American girl goes (against her will) with her doctor mother on a service trip to Haiti to work in a medical clinic and becomes involved with their teenaged Haitian interpreter/driver, and problems ensue. Myra and Elias are from different worlds--literally--and it seems as if their relationship can't realistically be more than a bittersweet memory of a first love experience...or can it?

I enjoyed a look into a different world--like Myra, I wanted to see what Haiti looked like beyond the clinic and rented home she was shuttled between, thought the way she chooses to get out nearly causes more problems than positive experiences. Her self-centeredness and tendency to think of herself first and of others (maybe) second made her difficult to like at times, though she does grow up more toward the end, garnering more sympathy for her character. Elias is much easier to like overall, though his chapters tended to be too short to really get to know him and his life as much as I'd like to.

There's a touch of insta-love here (though it is their "first love" experience, so that's not exactly out of character) and I'm still processing how I feel about the way things are left at the end--a too quick and easy solution? The rich Americans coming in and making everything all better?--the jury's still out on that part. This is being billed as the first in a series, and if the other book(s) are going to continue Myra and Elias's story, I am interested in seeing where it is going to go.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story idea and great location choice 24 January 2017
By TSDream - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I was given this book for a honest opinion.

Pushing Boundaries is about a girl, Myra, a Pakistani American, who goes to Haiti with her mother on a medical internship for a vaccination clinic. What her mother doesn’t know is Myra wants to be a photographer and the only reason she is in Haiti is to appease her mother and maybe capture a great picture so she can win a scholarship to her dream school. This is where she meets Elias, their interpreter, who needs the job to feed his family. The biggest rule to his job is “don’t get close to the Americans”, but Elias didn’t expect to meet Myra, and he can’t seem to keep from getting close to her.

I enjoyed this book. I have read a lot of the Entangle Crush books, but this one is completely different than all of the others. I would rate this author among the top of the Crush writers. I like the idea of the book and the setting. I love that it's set in another country. I love that the author chose Haiti and real down to earth characters. Too many time authors choose to write about rich snobby guys. Don’t get me wrong, I love the arc type, but it was a breath of fresh air to read about Elias, his life and country pride. He is down to earth and hard working. I love him. I can’t say I love Myra though. I wish I had felt more of a connection with her.

Overall, I think the book was well written and was a good read. I give it four stars overall.
4.0 out of 5 stars Two hearts from different worlds meet and fall in love. 2 March 2017
By lalibrarybug - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Myra's not too excited about traveling to Haiti on a mission with her mother. She feels like she's trapped and knows if she considers anything besides becoming a doctor her mother won't support her. What her mother doesn't know is that she wants to pursue a degree in art, specifically photography. It shouldn't be too hard to get a picture during the trip that she can enter in a photography contest, especially if she can see the real city and not just the medical clinic and house they're staying in.

Elias desperately needs his job as an interpreter. His family is depending on it for school funding, food, and a roof over their heads. Following the boss's orders seems easy enough, just help when needed and don't get involved. Before he knows it, Elias is drawn to the young American who hides behind her camera.

Being young and in love is difficult enough, but when two people from very different worlds, it brings all sorts of unexpected problems.
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 “Haiti & First Love” Stars 10 January 2017
By U.S. - Brazil BR - Published on
Pushing the Boundaries had an intriguing premise: first-world girl passionate about photography travels to third-world country in search of its beauty, then falls in love with local boy.

There was a lot of room for this to develop into a beautiful story about how first love can (or at least can try to) overcome cultural shock and people’s differences, but the message got lost in execution.

The writing was good—it could’ve used a little more description, especially in the beginning, but it was strong enough to not take me away from the story. The setting was unique, which made me want to read the book in the first place. But what really dragged this story down for me was the main character, Myra. I wanted to like her. I really did. She had enough things going for her initially, but those things ended up not being enough to make me like her. Look, Myra wasn’t all bad. First, she wasn’t the usual priviledge white American girl, who thought the world belonged to her and looked down at others. Aside from a few misteps in the beginning of the story, it sounded like she was really just ignorant of the circunstances surrounding Haiti and its people. Once she had a better understanding (as much as one can gather in a few days), she seemed to have her head and heart in the right place. Myra was also passionate enough about something to risk disappointing her mother to achieve her dreams, which means she wasn’t just a girl worried about material things or daydreaming 24/7 about the next boy.

With all that, though, Myra still managed to be unlikable to me.

My biggest problem with Myra was how selfish she could be when it came to Elias, the much more likable love interest. Maybe, in retrospect, the fact that Elias had a lot more going for him might’ve hurt her case.

Elias was a hard-working young man worried about others more than himself. He put up with his boss’ boderline abusive attitude to guarantee his family had food in the end of the day, and that his little brother could get the education he needed. He was always thinking about his family and the people who needed him. In the one time Elias acted thinking solely about his wants/needs, he paid for that greatly.

So it was extremely easy to like Elias, which means Myra had to work extra hard to get the same reaction from readers.

Judging from how she acted in the second half of the story, I don’t think she was too worried about her likability at all. That can work if you can sustain your premise and keep your readers hooked despite the fact that they can’t really connect with the main character...which wasn’t the case here, as far as I was concerned.

I needed more of Haiti’s culture, more action, more tension in order to stay engaged. Sure, the little we got to see about that country and its people was the thing that kept me reading, but it still wasn’t enough to make me rate this book anything above 3 stars. Plus, since this is an Entangled Crush book and they always deliver the cutest romances, I was expecting something along those lines. Unfortunately, the insta love didn’t work well here, and the happy ending felt a bit surreal and rushed.

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