Last month, I read Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez. This book is a young adult fiction novel that is somewhere around 350 pages. I saw this novel on Reese Witherspoon’s Instagram as part of her book club. I recognized the cover while browsing the library.
Camilia is a girl willing to defy the odds.
Furia is about a girl named Camilia, also known as Furia, who lives in the shadow of her soccer star older brother. She aspires to become a true player herself. Herself, her friends, and her coaches see the potential that she is capable of, but they have known of her family’s disapproval since she was young. Her world is shaken when her team makes it into the Sudamericano tournament, and even more so when her past crush comes back into town surrounded by his own soccer fame.
Furia is a laid back, enjoyable read!
Furia was pretty good and an easier read for me, which is nice every now and then. For the most part, I have grown out of young adult books, but this book had a new storyline that I hadn’t read before: the struggle of sports, not just love. Camilia finds ways to stand up for herself and other women in the book. I thought it would be perfect to advocate for it on this website. There is some great character growth, and I liked the ending a lot. It was not the cliché ending you see with a lot of young adult books.
There were a few times where I was a little lost with some of the Spanish in this book because I am a Latin student, but I still enjoyed it! It wasn’t the standard boy and girl romance struggles, and I really liked the main character. I would recommend this if you are looking for something a little more laid back, but still cute and enjoyable!
Check out more book reviews from GirlSpring contributors!