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Pushing the Boundaries

Pushing the Boundaries

3.4 9
by Stacey Trombley

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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.


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.

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Pushing the Boundaries 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
BuckeyeAngel 19 days ago
Myra always felt different and like she didn’t fit in as far as her peers went. Myra was a Muslim and her parents were from Palestine. Myra’s mother was a doctor and Myra went on a mission trip with her mother to Haiti to help in a medical clinic as her mother hoped Myra would become a doctor. But Myra didn’t want to be a doctor her dream was to become a photographer. She hoped by winning a photography contest it would provide the money for her to go to photography school. She hoped to get the perfect picture while in Haiti. One shot could do it for Myra. Then Myra met the cute translator and her heard her say he was cute. Myra also felt a lot of things she had never felt before. She didn’t know Elias needed his job to support his family. So his younger siblings could go to school and have a good future. But the number one rule of his employer who didn’t treat him very well was stay away from the Americans. But Elias finds insta / love puppy love whatever with Myra after a few days and breaks the rule.I didn’t particularly like this story for the most part. The story dragged for me at times especially in the beginning. I did like how Elias tried to protect Myra when she puts herself at serious risk. I just don’t feel Elias would sacrifice his family for a girl he had only known a couple days and would be leaving soon. Matter of fact I loved Elias’s devotion to his family. I didn’t like Myra she was selfish, self centered, thoughtless, careless, and immature. This just wasn’t believable to me. But I did like how the author brought in the problems in this country and what the people go through. I am sure someone will like this just wasn’t for me.
nelriv 3 months ago
Received an ARC for my voluntary review for netgalley. I did not like Myra, found her to be self centered, and not there really helping for the good, but again for what she can get out of it. But, I did like Elias, he was a self sacrificing young person, and a really good guy and reason why I finished book. The only thing that I disliked of Elias was his interest in Myra they were totally different and maybe that was the draw, but she was not worth him putting his life and the others that counted on him in jeopardy. But he was a young guy, so I take that into consideration. I also did like to read about Haiti and its real issues.
CathyatAddictedtobooks 3 months ago
This was an interesting read. There were highs and lows in this book for me but overall by the ending I started to feel a little more for the characters as a whole. It was a nice to start to a new series, would love to see where this is going though. We meet Myra as she is on a trip to Haiti with her mother to work at a clinic. First let me say this is something countries like Haiti need more of, it’s great to see a book that emphasizes the needs and wants of other countries in beneficial ways. Sure you can’t help them all but every little bit helps overall. I think the characterization of the Haitian people was good, was it perfect, maybe not. I’m not Haitian so I can’t really say and I’ve never been but I can definitely image. I know how tough it can be. Anyway I’m sidewinding away from the story. Myra is trying to sneak away to see the real Haiti in hopes of getting a photograph so she can submit it for a college that her mom doesn’t want her to go to. It’s all very dramaqueenesque, but what is a problem for some may not be for others, meaning what is a big deal to one person may not seem like a big deal to another. We meet Elias who is also fighting to survive for him and his family with his job driving and interpreting for the Americans. But his attraction to Myra seems to be his downfall. It’s actually really sweet how quickly he fell for her and how utterly hurt he is by her, but still he fights for her. Will Myra do the same for him though? That is the question and you will have to read the book to find out. I think this book had a lot of good points to it, it was a quick read, interesting to throw you into this kind of setting. Not something that happens in young adult books or contemporary romances. This wasn’t even about the two cultures clashing and possible love, this was really about two people from two different worlds trying to get through their young lives and live happily doing what they know best. There are issues being bought up in this book such as parent and child differences, coworkers showing over empowerment over other employees. So many things throughout this book. It did bring a tear to my eye at one point. But this is just the beginning. Let’s see what will happen next. Love the cover, the story and just everything it was an overall good book.
beckymmoe 3 months ago
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.
SaschaDarlington 3 months ago
Myra is a Pakistani-American girl who is going with her mother, a doctor, to Haiti to do charity work in a clinic. Myra is looking forward to the experience, not so much for the medical side of it, but because she is hoping to take the picture that will be her ticket to art school. Elias is 17 and has just started his new job as an interpreter. He drives the van that picks up the newly arrived American charity workers and overhears Myra call him “cute,” a term that he had only heard before to describe “children and dogs.” He feels that this beautiful girl is going to be trouble. Pushing the Boundaries is told in alternating points-of-view of Myra and Elias. I found the prose to be a tad too simple for my taste, but wonder if the author, Stacey Trombley, wasn’t trying to put it more in the voices of the teenagers involved. There was some nice description, however, and the writing flowed, so simple wasn’t really a detriment. I liked how the story unfolded, showing us Myra’s perspective. How she always feels like a foreigner in the States because of the color of her skin, but that in Haiti she feels even more foreign. Yet, despite how different she might be in America, she possesses all of the opportunities and advantages that are unknown in Haiti. Another nice juxtaposition is how Myra’s family, despite being privileged, does not possess the love and solidarity that Elias’ family has. Myra is impetuous, not always understanding what the result might be for her actions. She leaves the safety of the clinic grounds to go on an adventure and gets herself into trouble, but is rescued by Elias. The ramifications of her action reach farther than she expected and she is forced to make some realizations about herself and tries to make amends for her selfish action. I felt that this was a pretty realistic depiction of some American teens. The ending is almost kind of “fairytale,” but I thought it a sweet conclusion to a story that is intended to open the eyes of its reader to situations they may know little about. “This country is like a whole new world. I feel as though it was a spaceship that brought me here instead of a plane. This country is only a few hundred miles from the Florida coast, and yet it seems like it’s hundreds of years behind.” I would definitely recommend Pushing the Boundaries for the young adult audience. Older readers’ mileage will definitely vary. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
DebraMenard155 3 months ago
I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. interesting in the first few chapters, not that the book was bad,but it was more geared towards my daughter's age group. It had an interesting storyline,likeable characters.
TheThoughtSpot 3 months ago
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Pushing the Boundaries by Stacey Trombley! Myra travels to a health clinic in Haiti with her mother and a group of Americans. Myra is of Pakistani heritage and her mother is a doctor. Her mother expects Myra to become a doctor also, but she wants to be a photographer instead. Myra's looking for the perfect photo to submit to a scholarship contest. With the help of the Haitian translator, Elias, Myra discovers the beauty of Haiti and learns more about herself and her mother than she could have ever realized on her own. The author's personal connections with the Haiti setting and the Haitian culture and language make the story an interesting and unique realistic fiction - 4 stars!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Splashesintobooks1 3 months ago
Myra is a teen who has always felt an outsider and different to her peers. Her parents are Pakistani, she’s a Muslim, they live in the US and both her parents are well known in their own fields. Her Mum is a Doctor, travelling to Haiti to treat patients there as part of an international aid initiative and Myra is going with her as another volunteer to help at the hospital. Myra’s relationship with her mum isn’t brilliant. Her Mum expects Myra to train to be a Doctor. Myra is hoping the trip will enable her to take a special photograph that will enable her to win a scholarship to study photography rather than medicine. She’s always used her camera as a shield to protect herself from anyone getting too close, now she’s hoping it will help her escape her parents’ expectations. Elias is a translator, working hard to provide food, clothing and education for his younger siblings. He’s a teenager, too, but he’s been warned that he should never socialise with any of the clients. However, headstrong Myra is determined to leave the secure accommodation and the hospital to find that elusive photographic opportunity. As Myra makes irresponsible decisions which put her at serious risk, Elias is her only hope to return home safely. As he endeavours to protect her and keep her safe the two fall harder for each other. Their lives, however, are so different. How could they stand a chance? When Myra’s actions detrimentally affect Elias and his family, how can she make things right again? This is an emotive story through which the heroine starts to grow as her knowledge of Haiti and its people also grows. She is, however, initially also very selfish and lacks any empathy for the impact of her actions on others - especially Elias and his family. Elias is, in contrast, a hard working young man who takes his family responsibilities very seriously, making him extremely likeable and endearing. The poverty, the work in the clinic and the need to help enable people to educate and help themselves are all key messages within the story, as are other cultural aspects. I found it interesting to read about the conditions and hope the books can help others be more aware of the situation there so more can be done. The story has some interesting characters, sub plots and descriptions, a very different teen romance! Many thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this novel. This is my honest review.