Disclaimer: I received an arc and a finished copy from the publisher! Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Author: Yamile Saied Mendez
Book Series: Standalone
Diversity: Argentinean ownvoice main character
Recommended For…: contemporary lovers, feminist novels, #ownvoice!
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
Genre: YA Contemporary
Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, slight gore, domestic violence TW, masculinity, romance)
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I really loved this book! I loved the writing and thought the pacing was wonderfully managed and done. The character development was masterful and I was so invested in Camila’s journey! I loved how the author conquered the tough topics of domestic violence and masculinity. Definitely a book I’ll reread and pass onto other women.
The only compliant I really had is that I wished there was a bit more world building, but the book was wonderful overall!
Verdict: A highly recommended read!