ARC Review: Furia // Heartwarming and inspiring #ownvoices novel

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Title: Furia
Author: Yamile Saied Mendez
Genre/s and tags: Young Adult, Contemporary, Sports Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Coming of Age, OwnVoices, POC (Latinx)
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication date: September 15, 2020
Content warnings: Domestic abuse, misogynist views, femicide
Goodreads synopsis: 

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.

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I received an e-arc from Algonquin Young Readers in exchange for honest review. Thank you Algonquin Young Readers!

A few weeks ago, Algonquin Young Readers reached out to me and asked if I’m interested in an e-arc of Furia! A Latinx #ownvoices story about a rising female football star who wants to follow her dreams? I was instantly interested!

Furia is a heartwarming and inspiring #ownvoices novel about trying to reach for your dreams no matter how much people and the society tells you no.

My thoughts on Furia

Furia was so good! It was such a beautiful and heartwarming story.

Don’t get me wrong though, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. All throughout the story, we see Camila encounter conflict upon conflict, discouragements, prejudice, and people who belittle her and her talents. We see the her try to balance career, love, and family, and we see how unfair it can be for women whether it be in sports or life in general. At the end of the story, I feel like the whole journey made me root for Camila and her dreams as football player. I wanted her to succeed just as much as she wanted to in the book.

Romance was also a big part in the book, something I did not expect. Of course, I knew there was romance based on the synopsis, but I didn’t expect for it to be a pivotal part of Camila’s character arc. I liked it (as a part of the arc), but I wasn’t quite taken to their chemistry immediately.

I also feel like the sports scenes lacked. (Or that could just be me wanting more scenes with football lol). I think it’s because I feel like I wanted to get in touch with Camila’s fire and passion for football, so I guess I really expected more.

The story also touched on a lot of significant social themes and I believe the author did a decent job tackling those themes in the story. I do wish these themes were expounded more, but still, I loved the story and its ultimate message to the readers.

Overall, Furia is all kinds of inspiring. Whether it be regarding family, your dreams, friendships, or romance, or goals in life, you will find much needed warmth in Camila’s journey.


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