FURIA BY YAMILE SAIED MENDEZ – BOOK REVIEW

Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez

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BOOK BLURB

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.

BOOK REVIEW

TITLE: FURIA

AUTHOR: YAMILE SAIED MENDEZ

PUBLISHER: ALGONQUINE YOUNG READERS

EXPECTED PUBLICATION DATE: SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2020

GENRE: TEENS & YA

PAGES: 368 PAGES

When you see a book cover with a black girl boldly displayed on it, you instantly want to read it, that’s if you are like me(lol). The cover was the first reason why I picked this book, the blurb also whets your appetite.

This book is in the Young adult category, it also contains sensitive issues like domestic violence.

While reading this book, I asked my friend if she would let her daughter play football and she said no, without even thinking twice. We talked further and she decided that if her daughter is highly skilled and very passionate about it then she would let her but it wasn’t the picture she had painted for her daughter’s future.

Isn’t this what majority of us do? Paint the perfect for our children’s future without taking into consideration the fact that they are humans who have their own paths in life. Then we label them rebels when they follow their own paths.

Our protagonist is a teenager who is passionate about football, her greatest desire was to become a professional football player like her brother.

Things were worse for our protagonist because her society tagged football a “male sport”, It wasn’t for women, women could be footballers wife but not successful professional players. Her parents supported her brother’s career even if he wasn’t half the player that she was, even in the field she was tagged “Pablo’s Sister”, her identity was always overshadowed by her brother’s. It would seem that she didn’t have a right to an independent identity.

The name Furia is very significant, from the first moment she was called Furia, she was no longer just her brother’s sister or her father’s daughter but herself, a complete human being.

Another very important issue that was addressed in the novel is the idea of love and career in a woman’s life. A lot of people assume that a woman who chooses love and starting a family over her dreams and ambition have made a great choice. It’s such a big sacrifice to make and why do women have to choose? Why can’t we have both.

Hope flared inside me like a torch. I had to give her something in return now. “I can still be a doctor if you want, Mami. I can be both, you know?” My Mom smiled through her tears. “Mamita, you can’t have it all. You’ll see.” Although I wanted to yell that this was the greatest lie told to girls like us for centuries, seeing the defeat in her eyes, I couldn’t find my voice.

Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez

Is it so impossible to have love and ambition? This book counters that idea because even the “impossible” dreams do come true if we keep pushing.

Camila is such a hardworking young woman who irrespective of all odds kept pushing for her dreams

It was so hard seeing Diego and Camila fight, I’m such a sucker for romance(even if I always say I hate romance novels).

My favorite character is obviously Camila and surprisingly I also began to love Mama.

I almost passed out before the epilogue because I thought the book had ended and that was so heartbreaking, I wanted more of Camila’s story.

This story was so good that I didn’t want it to end. It’s a sold five star for me.

I don’t want you to save us, at least not in the way everyone else does. I want you to break the cycle, Camila.

Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez

I do hope young girls everywhere in the world will keep breaking the cycle of patriarchy and lead better paths for others to come.