Without Borders Book Review

Book: Without Borders

Release date: April 19, 2016
 Pages: 242
Publisher: Diversion Publishing
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Summary: For Annie London, a month in a Central American rainforest means handing out mosquito nets, giving medical aid, and teaching children about the birds and the bees. With any luck, it will also land her application in the “accepted” pile at a top tier medical school. But as soon as she steps off the plane, Annie realizes her bug spray, feeble Spanish, and medical supplies won’t help her deal with her new feelings for Felipe—her best friend’s older brother, who’s much hotter than she remembers, and who also happens to be the doctor in charge of the trip.

Gawking “volun-tourists” may keep his family’s medical clinic afloat, but Dr. Felipe Gutierrez doesn’t have to like them. Or the way they make snap judgments about his practice and the people he cares for. But when his old crush, Annie, shows up to volunteer, her killer curves and kind smile fan the embers of a flame Felipe didn’t realize he’d been carrying. A flame that makes him question all his preconceived notions.

As ideas and cultures clash, Annie and Felipe must decide how far outside their comfort zones they are willing to go—both for their work and for one another.

 My Thoughts: I was very intrigued by this book because it takes place in a different country, and it had to do with doctors and medical facilities, which is something that I want to pursue in the near future. Starting out, the writing of the book was easy to follow along, almost mindless reading. Everything that was said was very surface level, which made it quick to read, but failed to keep me as engaged as I wanted to be. What I did like were the interactions of the characters with one another, because that did help give some information about the Hispanic culture. I especially loved the little boys that they encountered on the way because they were realistically written, and not just portrayed as perfect boys. Another thing I enjoyed was how unique the plot and concept of this book was. I’ve never found a book quite like this one, and that was another reason I had picked it up in the first place. I would recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in a light read, but also if you want to gain some understanding about different cultures, because this book did a fantastic job pointing out key issues with poorer developing countries, which is a very important topic.
Thanks to Diversion Publishing for sending me this book, I appreciate it!
Writing: 5/10
Characters: 6/10
Plot: 7/10
Ending: 7/10
Originality: 9/10
Overall: 34/50
Cover: 8/10

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