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Pushing the Boundaries

(Off Limits #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  37 reviews

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

Published January 16th 2016 by Entangled: Crush (first published 2016)
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Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Let's just get to the things I didn't like much first.
I am not a huge fan of the writing style. To be honest, the way Trombley dealt with the creole dialogues, is not to my liking. I know that is style many authors use, but I personally find it disruptive. It's really a matter of personal preference. At time I found the writing a bit too simplistic, but at others there were amazing descriptions. Which makes the writing style feel a bit inconsistent and it's one of the reason's it took
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 ...more
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entangled-arcs
original review can be found at

** I received an advanced readers copy from Entangled: Crush in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Myra went to Haiti on a mission trip with her mother to help in a medical clinic for a week. She didn't really want to go because medicine was her mother's gig and not hers. She didn't want a future in medicine like her mother was pushing her towards, instead she wanted a future as a photographer even though she knew he
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very sweet love story that spans oceans, race, and culture. This is about unexpectedly finding someone that understands and gets you even if you have not known each other for long. It was a mutual attraction between Myra and Elias. Elias proved to be the key to Myra having the courage go after what she really wants to do with her life. A medical mission trip to Haiti has changed Myra's life more than she can ever imagine. The island spoke to her and confided to her its secrets.

This is
I really wanted to enjoy this one more but something about it left me, I don't know, just feeling off.

Myra travels to Haiti with her mother as part of a Doctors without Borders type of deal. Her mother is a doctor who does work at a clinic set up in Haiti and Myra, along with other teens, join the doctors as interns. Myra's mother hopes this will set her on the path to becoming a doctor. Problem is, Myra doesn't want to be a doctor, she wants to be a photographer. And she's in Haiti hoping to c
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read, signed, ya
I absolutely loved this book. It wasn't nearly long enough. I want more of Myra and Elias. Such a sweet story.

Its the story of a young American/Pakistani girl who's mother is a doctor and really wants her to be one too. She goes on a mission trip to Haiti with her mother to volunteer at a free clinic. While her mother wants her to be a doctor, Myra wants to enter art school and needs the perfect picture to try to win a scholarship. There she meets a Haitian boy that has been hired as a translat

3 “Haiti & First Love” Stars

ARC via NetGalley

Thank you, Entangled Crush!

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 use
Nicole M. Hewitt
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 Stars

This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This unique contemporary romance shines the spotlight on cultural differences and the ways that we sometimes judge based on expectation rather than reality. Set in Haiti, the book focuses on the country’s beauty rather than its drawbacks.

What Fed My Addiction:

I’ve been to Haiti three times—twice in the process of adopting my son and once when I escorted a baby girl with spina bifida who we had hosted
Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.

* I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was definitely a fun and diverse one. I enjoyed the plot and I really liked the character growth throughout the book.

Myra accompanies her parents to Haiti because of the medical camp which her mother will attend and she wants her to learn for her future but Myra's aim for the trip is something else instead. She wants to capture the perfect picture
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: february-2018
This was a really great story of 2 people that were completely different. They have completely different backgrounds. One whose parents who have money and the other who doesn't. But also it takes place mostly in Haiti. Which you do not read books that are from there anymore. I love how the author told these characters. Myra is American/Pakistani and Elias is Haitian. So completely different cultures. I love stories that have different cultures in them.
I also love stories that are very descripti
A trip to Haiti is just what Myra needs to prove her worth in something else other than being a doctor, but what she doesn’t count on is the Haitian translator who pushes her beyond what she is comfortable with.

Much of the story reads like a positive reinforcement of—or an argument for—cross-cultural exchange and cross-ethnic pairings, as the differences between Elias and Myra are emphasised and celebrated. But there’s also the acknowledgement that with it comes familial disapproval and the ram
Dee/ bookworm
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book, but the charachers felt forced to me. There seemed to be not a lot of depth to Myra and while there was more to Elias, it was not in-depth either. There seemed to be little background on the characters and they seemed to "fall in love" rather quickly. I didn't feel the attraction. Myra's problems with her parents seem rather small in the grand skem of things. A communication barrier is a problem, but the whole alluding to made it seem like the problem was way bigger t ...more
Tony Trombley
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy young love books, this will do you well. There is some adventure, some suspense and some flirtatious romance. Alot of scenes that you can picture in your mind. She paints many beautiful pictures. I felt the ending was a bit over the top, but I enjoyed the book overall.
Haraiah Eve
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sad to say I didn't enjoy this one as much as I was hoping. Full review soon. ...more
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
What struck me the most about this book was the cultural diversity and the setting. This book is primarily based in Haiti when Myra and her mother have travelled to provide health care in a clinic. Myra and her mother are both Pakistani and her mother works as a doctor. Myra practices the Muslim faith and they both live in America. The other main character is a Haitian boy named Elias who works as an interpreter for Myra’s group whilst they are in Haiti. The diversity and different cultural pers ...more
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Myra is a young girl who wants to go to art school, she thinks that by going along with what her mother wants she may get what she wants.
Myra's mother is a doctor and has a non profit organization that runs a clinic in Haiti. Her mother brings Myra along on her week to visit the clinic with other doctors and volunteers.
Myra just goes hoping she can take pictures with her camera and submitt it to win money for college.
Then Myra meets Elias a Haitian and she thinks this trip might get better after
Stacy Sabala
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance
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 ev
Once Upon
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a good little quick read. I gave it 4 stars because of the emotions the characters made me feel. I really liked the characters and the story. I felt disconnected from the story when characters speak Creole. Sometimes the author wrote them speaking in English, sometimes in Creole with translation, and in just Creole. That was my only con.
I felt the emotions Stacey was conveying through her writing. She really sucked me into the story. I wish it was longer and/or she writes a follow-up o
Christina Borgoyn
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read
Carmen Peirce
a little too boring/underdeveloped...
Allison Poe
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read

Was a cute and unique story. Easy to get through and a little inspiring as well. Makes you want to do more
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: friends
I really liked this book. This book was provided via netgalley for an honest review.

Myra is going on a trip to Haiti with her mom who is a doctor. Her mom wants her to be a doctor she wants to be a photographer. Myra has always felt like and outsider and that she doesn't fit in.

Elias is working as a translator trying to provide for his family the only rule is don't get close to the Americans.

Myra and Elias are drawn to each other and sparks fly. This is a story of accepting who you are and ab
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-na, arc
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 M
Angel Hatfield
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
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 p ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this ARC for a honest review.
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 ru
Tanya Grech Welden
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
While I appreciated this story a great deal, I did not like it nearly as much as I wanted.

This is well written, albeit pedestrian in approach. While this is not normally as issue with me in this situation this is an example of a story that does not live up to the telling. Trombley has some very interesting things to say about culture, ethnic diversity and the way in which Westerners often have inaccurate misconceptions of people living in the Third World. In this way I commend her for tackling
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Myra is a Pakistani girl who was raised in America. Her Doctor mother wants her to be like her so together they make a trip to Haiti with other American’s to set up a clinic for the Haitian people. Elias is a Haitian boy who works as a translator. The two form an almost instant connection even though they were told to steer clear of each other. Myra wants nothing more than to get away from the clinic and get a photograph that will win her a scholarship. Will love sprout? Will Myra get the winnin ...more
Chrsitina Somerville
I received this book via NetGallery in exchange for my honest review.

I have read many books in the Entangled Teen Crush series and have enjoyed them but unfortunately for me this book just didn't do it for me.

I really liked the book being based on something totally different then normal and brining the awareness of the problems in Haiti. I liked Elias, he was working hard to be the man in the family and provide for his family. He was really humble to who he was. It was hard not to like him. I
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
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Stacey Trombley is a Casino pit boss by night, YA author by day. Her places to Travel list is almost as long as her to-read list. She has worked as a freelance developmental editor, Pitch Wars mentor and blogger with Middle Grade Minded.

Follow her Travel Vlog on YouTube: TEAMTROM TRAVELS

and her writing journey on Instagram or Twitter @Trombolii

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