Review: Pushing the Boundaries by Stacey Trombley

Title: Pushing the Boundaries

Author: Stacey Trombley

Series: Off Limits, book 1 [Can be read as a standalone]

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 185 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: January 16th, 2017 by Entangled: Crush

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

My Rating: 3 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

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.


My Thoughts

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 which would be her gateway to freedom to the Photography school she wants to attend. But her world complicates when she meets the interpreter of the group, Elias. Will Myra’s efforts be successful?

The plot was pretty enjoyable. I liked it a lot but something felt lacking. Myra along with her parents with other doctors step into Haiti for the medical camp in which her mother will be working alongside the other doctors. This book really opened my eyes to the condition of Haitians who were deprived of schooling, medicines and even basic sanitation facilities. It was really heart wrenching to read about what was going on with their lives. This book also portrayed the superstitions among the Haitians and the prejudice of the races against each other.

The characters were really diverse. On one hand, we have Myra, who is a Pakistani. She feels the culture shock when she lands in Haiti. She steps into a world is completely different from the ones she is used to. And on the other hand, we have Elias is who daily struggling to earn to support his whole family so that his siblings could attend school. Their lives were completely different from each other, yet somehow their friendship was so pure and I loved them together. However, I would have loved to see more of them.

Overall, Pushing the Boundaries was an enjoyable read. The plot was executed neatly and I enjoyed the character growth. The romance between Myra and Elias was sweet but the chemistry felt lacking. The writing felt a bit inconsistent and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Lets Chat

So guys, what do you think about this book? Do you want to read it? If you have already, what did you think about it? Share your thoughts with me!

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