Pushing the Boundaries
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...more
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 ...more
** 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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
* 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 ...more
I also love stories that are very descripti ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
I enjoyed a look into a different world--like M ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I loved this book so much. The timing was perfect because I'm finding myself drawn to books that take place outside the US right now. I feel even more now that visiting foreign countries is so important. Most Americans can't comprehend how different things are and how lucky we truly are. I was already interested in visiting other countries, not so much the tourist areas (though I want to see those, ...more
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