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Title: Pushing the Boundaries
Author: Stacey Trombley
Publisher: Entangled Crush, Entangled Publishing
Published: January 9th / 16th, 2017 (US / UK)
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.
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.