Pushing the Boundaries by Stacey Trombley
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 16, 2017
Format: I received a copy of the book to review as part of a promotional event for the release of the book by the publicist
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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.
As it being an Entangled book, I was fully ready going in to have my heart broken and the pieced back together within 2-3 hours span of time, and then left wanting more. Some part of this statement was true for this book while another part left quite a lot to be desired from it.
Let’s start off with the things that I didn’t like. To start off with, the events leading up to everything seemed to be maneuvered in such an unrealistic way. To top that off, the romance itself was really forced in the writing. It didn’t happen naturally like a “oh hey, they got a connection and they start hanging out and then they’re dating” sort of way but instead Myra called Elias cute without realizing that he understood her and then suddenly they’re kissing?? Like, back up a second, what just happened there?
The dual point of view really didn’t do much for this book. There really wasn’t much to needed from Elias’ perspective because it really was nothing new.I usually love how the different points of views give different insight on the same events as well as add other scenes that we wouldn’t see otherwise as a single POV book but with this one, it was just repeating the same thing OVER AND OVER AGAIN in both POVs. There wasn’t even any difference in the two sides.
This book played into depths of cliches that I honestly didn’t like at all. There was the whole thing with Myra being upset because she stands out in the US as well as in Haiti because of her skin color that I found to be completely unnecessary and just a little racist (and I’m not one to find things like that racist or super sensitive about books like that).
Another thing that I would have loved to see was more of the imagery of Haiti’s landscape. The few that we saw were raw and beautiful but I really wish the author described some of the lesser great things that’s the ‘real Haiti’ Myra keeps talking about. I read in the author bio that the author actually spent time on the island doing work similar to Myra’s and I think this book provided with an amazing opportunity to describe in words the landscape and the humanity that she saw.
The one good thing that I like was I liked the ending and wanted to know more about what happened when Myra’s family moved to Haiti and the project they started and how Elias and his family fit into that and how it benefitted Haiti as a whole. I think that this part would have made for an amazing additional 2-3 chapters at least.
The writing itself was pretty good, but nothing really new or special. It really lacked in Elias’ point of view but in what we did get from Myra’s point of view, it was really well written.
Overall, I give the book a 4/10 (2/5 stars). I was really expecting more from it and the book just didn’t do it for me. If you are used to the traditional YA books that Entangled publishes, then be ready to get a little bit disappointed in this one but nonetheless, if you want to read something difference, then you should definitely give this book a try!
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