I absolutely LOVED Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez . It’s emotional, feminist and a YA set in Argentina which I have never come across before. It is also about football, which appealed to my inner child who watched the sport with her Grandad in the evenings. Set in Rosario, it has such powerful descriptions of the setting and the food. I was totally blown away by how good this is. Here is why! (Also, I LOVE this cover)
Star rating: 5 stars
A standout for me is that Camila Hassan is such a likeable character. She is so determined, strong, but also kind, and is always fighting for what she wants. She plays football for a girls team, but always seem to be in the shadow of her brother who plays for the local men’s team, and her childhood love Diego who has made it big and plays for Juventus in Italy – he is tipped to be the next star of the national team like Messi. Camila’s father is also abusive towards his family, which broke my heart. We hate men who are jerks over here.
Camila is mature beyond her years, particularly when it comes to Diego, who she had a crush on in the past. She makes such good decisions when it comes to her future, putting herself before boys and I love how powerful that makes her. Even though she is bold, her compassionate side definitely shines through whilst she’s teaching kids English, including a bright girl called Karen.
Overall I loved this book. It gave me such a roller coaster ride of emotions and I am so glad I got to read it early. The romance is good, but the feminism is the real deal. Definitely picking this one up when it comes out!
Do you think you’ll read Furia when it releases? I hope you do because it’s a wonderful, heartwarming story.