Happy Sunday book friends! We are back again with another review and would like to welcome you all to our stop on the Furia blog tour. We also would like to thank Algonquin YA for providing us with our arcs in exchange for an honest review!
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.
If you are looking for an #ownvoices novel, with a strong, independent, and fierce female MC, look no further! This book had us cheering on Camilla (a.k.a Furia) the whole way through. She is a young woman who’s only goal in life is to be a professional footballer.
Camilla is the kind of MC we live for in stories like these. Her fierce belief that she, and all women, deserve the same opportunities that the men get is something that made this such a strong story. Furia faced many hardships, obstacles, and living in the shadow of her brother, but would never let that stop her.
While this may be a YA novel, it does not shy away from some serious topics that were done with care and consideration and portrayed what many women experience in a male-dominated country.
Mendez has a way of pulling you into this story and making you feel like you are on the side lines cheering on Furia and her team. The story is one that we would recommend again and again.
As we previously stated, pick this book up if you want to read about an indescribably strong MC, with a story that will break your heart and mend it all at the same time. This book is out in just two days and you will definitely want to pick it up!
Author: Yamile Saied Méndez
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
Thank you again to Algonquin YA for providing us copies for review! And as always, thank you all for stopping by our blog and supporting us!