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Peek Inside Pushing the Boundaries

Myra goes to Haiti with one goal: take the photograph that will win a scholarship and prove that she has what it takes to be a photographer. Elias might lose his job if he breaks the rule forbidding him from socializing with a client, but 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 go into the country, the more they fall for each other. Now they’re both taking risks that could cost each other their dreams.

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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.

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.

Praise

"I felt the emotions Stacey was conveying through her writing. She really sucked me into the story. Iwish it was longer." -Christina Oswald, Goodreads Reviewer

"I loved this book so much. [...]I was already interested in visiting other countries, not so much the tourist areas (though I want to see those, too), but where the people actually live. To see their culture and learn more about them. This book makes me want that even more now and I hope others get encouraged also. Not to go fall in love like Myra, but to truly learn and to appreciate our lives more." -Kristi, Goodreads Reviewer

"It was extremely easy to like Elias."-Rê, US Brasil Book Review

"I liked Elias. He was working hard to provide for his family in a country where opportunities are limited and few and far between. His devotion to his family was heart warming." -Kristine, Twin Spin

"A beautiful reminder and a wonderful beacon of hope. Because as Myra discovered, instead of seeing the differences, when we see the similarities - the joy and hope we all share - we discover true beauty. I believe that humanity needs people like that and that we need to be reminded of this as much as possible. Beautiful subtext, interesting characters and some beautiful descriptions make this a truly different experience." -Deniz,Closet Geeks and Slow Mo

"I really liked the book being based on something totally different than normal and bringing 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." -Christina Somerville, Goodreads Reviewer

"The ending of the book was the best part in my opinion. Everything comes together." -Dee, Goodreads Reviewer

"It was a cute novel. Easy to read and the characters were likable." -Julie,Goodreads Reviewer

"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, who is struggling to earn enough 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." -Poulami, Daydreaming Books

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757851
Series: Off Limits, Book 1
Release Date: Jan 16, 2017
Page Count: 226
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: fish out of water, forbidden love/off limits, opposites attract

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By iamnotabookworm February 06, 2017

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 g... ...more

By Jeanette April 01, 2017

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 c... ...more

By Nicole February 06, 2017

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 bea... ...more

By Tony February 01, 2017

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. ...more

By Kati February 05, 2017

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... ...more

By Emmyjo February 07, 2017

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... ...more

By Stacy March 08, 2017

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 nev... ...more

By Marie February 06, 2017

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... ...more

By Valerie March 01, 2017

Myra's not too excited about traveling to Haiti on a mission with her mother. She feels like she's trapped and knows if she considers anything besides becoming a doctor her mother won't support her. What her mother doesn't know is that she wants to pursue a degree in art, specifically photography... ...more

By Becky February 07, 2017

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 diff... ...more

By Tara January 30, 2017

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 ap... ...more

By Ashley January 31, 2017

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 th... ...more

By Lynndell February 06, 2017

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 heri... ...more

By Kristi November 30, 2016

Thank you Entangled Teen Crush and Netgalley for giving me the chance to read this book for review.

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 impor... ...more

By Sascha February 05, 2017

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... ...more

By Christina January 08, 2017

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 tra... ...more

By Nina February 06, 2017

Sweet story with darker undertones and serious issues. Both main characters show significant growth in the course of the story. The romance is instant but believable.
This book gets plus points for diversity and for a dual POV that works.
I would have liked to hear more about Haiti and have seen mo... ...more

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3.56 avg Goodreads.com rating
Stacey Trombley

About the author

Stacey Trombley

Stacey Trombley lives in Ohio with her husband and the sweetest Rottweiler you’ll ever meet. She’s always been the weird one in the family (which is saying something since her father is a full time balloon artist) and she’s totally proud of that fact. She thinks people are fascinating and loves exploring the diversity around her. Any chance she has, she’s off doing or learning something new. She went on her first missions trip to Haiti when she was twelve-years-old, and is still dying to go back. Her “places to travel” list is almost as long as her “books to read” list. She wants to bring something new to the world through her writing, but just giving a little piece of herself is more than enough. You can find her online at www.StaceyTrombley.com and on twitter @trombolii.

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