Hello! Today I have a review of an incredible novel, Furia, which I’m very excited to talk about! So, I’m going to get right into the post.
Author: Yamile Saied Méndez
Release Date: September 15th, 2020
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Genre: Young adult, contemporary, romance
*this review is spoiler-free*
An #ownvoices contemporary YA set in Argentina, about a rising soccer star who must put everything on the line—even her blooming love story—to follow her dreams.
In Rosario, Argentina, Camila Hassan lives a double life.
At home, she is a careful daughter, living within her mother’s narrow expectations, in her rising-soccer-star brother’s shadow, and under the abusive rule of her short-tempered father.
On the field, she is La Furia, a powerhouse of skill and talent. When her team qualifies for the South American tournament, Camila gets the chance to see just how far those talents can take her. In her wildest dreams, she’d get an athletic scholarship to a North American university.
But the path ahead isn’t easy. Her parents don’t know about her passion. They wouldn’t allow a girl to play fútbol—and she needs their permission to go any farther. And the boy she once loved is back in town. Since he left, Diego has become an international star, playing in Italy for the renowned team Juventus. Camila doesn’t have time to be distracted by her feelings for him. Things aren’t the same as when he left: she has her own passions and ambitions now, and La Furia cannot be denied. As her life becomes more complicated, Camila is forced to face her secrets and make her way in a world with no place for the dreams and ambition of a girl like her.
I received an audiobook of Furia from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I didn’t know what to expect with Furia when I first went into it, and the book was so much deeper, so much more intense, so much more incredible in so many more ways than I ever expected it to be.
To start off, having the experience of being able to listen to the audiobook of Furia was absolutely incredible, and I think added to how much I loved the book. The narrator was really amazing, and the audiobook was overall great.
I also thought that the characters were for the most part really well written, and all had a lot of depth. The book is written in 1st person from Camila’s perspective, and I really felt like I got to know her and to understand her as a character and as a person.
There was one character, however, who I wanted to know more about: Camila’s her father. Camila’s father is abusive and very short-tempered. And while his story was very complex and well written, I just didn’t feel like there was enough there. The further we got into the book we did learn more about him though, so that was good. I just felt like it wasn’t enough.
Camila’s mother was written incredible, and her character arc and backstory was complex, had a lot of depth, and was very interesting.
The most incredible part of the book for me was how the author wrote about the violence towards girls and women in Argentina. The book did not hold back from the brutal truths of the violence towards young girls and had a very important message.
The romance was important to the book, and I thought that it was really well executed. Camila and Diego’s story was written out very well, and they also had a lot of history together so it wasn’t at all insta-lovey.
I never really liked Diego, but I couldn’t tell if that was how his character was written, or if that was just me. Diego is a rising soccer star, and is becoming very famous around the world. He and Camila have dated before, and during the book he comes back to her hometown.
The writing was also overall really amazing. The descriptions and dialogue were both wonderful, and I really enjoyed reading it.
Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez is a fútbol-obsessed Argentine-American who loves meteor showers, summer, astrology, and pizza. She lives in Utah with her Puerto Rican husband and their five kids, two adorable dogs, and one majestic cat. An inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient, she’s also a graduate of Voices of Our Nations (VONA) and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Writing for Children’s and Young Adult program. She’s a PB, MG, and YA author. Yamile is also part of Las Musas, the first collective of women and nonbinary Latinx MG and YA authors. She’s represented by Linda Camacho at Gallt & Zacker Literary.
Furia is a book about a girl who loves soccer and wants to follow her dream, and also brings attention to the violence against young girls and women in Argentina. A beautifully written book with an important message, Furia is a book that I definitely recommend!
My rating: 4.5/5 stars