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Seventeen-year-old Camila Hassan, a rising soccer star in Rosario, Argentina, dreams of playing professionally, in defiance of her fathers' wishes and at the risk of her budding romance with Diego.
Rosario, Argentina. At home Camila Hassan lives within her mother's narrow expectations, her 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 dreams of getting an athletic scholarship to a North American university. But her parents wouldn't allow a girl to play fúbol-- and she needs their permission to go any farther. Can she make her way in a world with no place for the dreams and ambition of a girl like her? -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Young Readers,, 2020.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781616209919
Branch Call Number: Y FIC MEND
Characteristics: 357 pages ; 22 cm.


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Pura Belpré Award Winner honoring a Latinx writer whose young adult books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience (Young Adult Author Winner)

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Dec 27, 2020

Camila Hassan is 17, she lives in Rosario, Argentina, and hides her passion for football from her family. Her brother is a professional player but that world is not a place for girls, or so her family thinks. But Camila is not just good, she has talent. On the field she becomes La Furia. If she were a boy, football clubs would be snapping her up. But her only way to succeed in this game is to hope someone will take a chance on her and let her make her way to the US.

Camila is such an awesome character. I love her passion for the sport. She will not back down, and is determined to stay on the right path that will take her there. And the focus is on her dreams, her terms, not by following a boy.

FURIA doesn’t shy away from the expectations and realities that Argentinian culture has on women. But we also sense the love that Méndez has for Argentina in all the immersive details of everyday life there.

Highly recommended!

TeensReadItFirst Nov 02, 2020

Reviewed by Amy L.
Yamile Saied Méndez’s young adult novel, Furia, soars with the voice of Camila Hassan, an Argentine girl who lives a secret life behind her modest daughter facade. Despite the soccer talent that runs through the family, her parents would never let a girl play fútbol. Camila sneaks out to become Furia on the field, a part of her that is only released away from the bounds of her complicated family situation.

The thing that struck me the most about this novel was the opening line, “Lies have short legs.” Not only does Méndez cleverly introduce Camila’s rich heritage with this maxim, she turns this phrase into a motif that resurfaces throughout the book. Forced to keep her passion for soccer a secret, Camila eventually runs into a roadblock when her team qualifies for the South American tournament. To follow her dream, Camila—no, Furia must face up to the truth; how else is she going to get permission to play?

I loved Méndez’s vivid game descriptions; they truly convey the grit, euphoria, and sometimes disappointment that comes with playing soccer. In fact, I found myself wishing for more. The first half of the novel seemed a little barren when Diego, Camila’s love interest, comes home from an international soccer tournament, and Camila’s own life takes a backseat. In the end, however, Méndez scored the winning goal: Furia pursues her dreams no matter the sacrifices she has to make.

Rating: 4/5


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