Furia | Yamile Saied Méndez | Book Review

Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez is a story about passion, culture, and family. It follows the journey of Camila- a teenage Argentinean girl who loves to play football (soccer) but is restricted by societal beliefs of what a young woman should do and how a young woman should act. When she is on the field, she goes by the nick name of Furia and she is unstoppable. She is determined to continue playing and follow her dreams to following professionally. And she refuses to let her family, romance, economic status or the restrictions of society get in her way.

I loved the character of Camila. She is such a strong young woman who overcomes multiple adversities in order to accomplish her goals. On the field, she has to deal with the complications that come with being a female soccer player. Thankfully, her best friend also plays on the field with her and supports her ambitions to continue to play. Off the field, she has complications of a domineering and abusive father; the fear of living in her older brother’s shadow; and the sweet romance with an old flame I felt for her and wanted her to achieve everything that she set out to do. I also felt for her mother who struggled with accepting her daughter’s decisions in a male dominated sport and society. And for her brother who was trying to create his own path amongst societal expectations and support his younger sister.

I also enjoyed the romance between Camila and Diego. Camila never lowered her standards because she was starting to fall for Diego. She continued to follow her dreams and refused to change who she was. In the male dominated society which they live, Diego initially had the instinct to protect her especially once the truth was revealed about her family situation. I actually found this to be slightly endearing because it was done in a sweet manner – not in an domineering or overprotective manner – and gave Camila the opportunity to continue to grow and develop herself. Their relationship was filled with potential and never felt rushed to me.

What did feel rushed to me was the ending of Furia. While I enjoyed it, I felt like there was potential for more. Alot of information was dropped towards the end of the novel and I felt some of it was sifted through rather quickly to get Camila where she wound up. I wanted to see how Camila’s relationship continued to change and develop with her mother, her brother, and Diego. All in all, Furia is a great young adult novel that teaches the reader about varying cultural ideas and helps evaluate patriarchal societies and toxic masculinity in order to help empower and grow society,

Rating: 4 Stars

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