I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for this amazing book! I am even more excited to announce that it has been selected by Reese Witherspoon as her second ever Reese’s Book Club YA Pick! Without a doubt, this book deserves as much recognition as it can get because it completely blew me away – and yes, I’m giving it 5 stars!
Published August 15, 2020 by Algonquin Publishing
Data from Goodreads
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.
My Review: Absolutely Fantastic
Rep: Latinx, Asian rep, LGBTQIA+, feminist
TW: domestic abuse, kidnapping and murder
I have literally nothing negative to say about this book. At all. It worked for me on every level and I’m still in shock by how good of a read this was! I’m not a fan of any sports but this story won my heart and I’m now a lifelong fan of La Furia!
Camila’s character was perfection. Her passion and dedication were commendable, and it was impossible not to root for her. She was so complex and I could easily connect with her, as she struggled to balance the different versions of herself.
The story has such a fast pace and yet, it did not diminish the important themes that lay at the heart of this story. I could not stop reading this book because there was always something happening!
There are such strong feminist themes in this novel and it worked so well. We see women struggle in domestic situations, we see them struggle for equality and recognition in sports, we see them demand justice for the heinous crimes committed against them. The author touches on every subject but gives each one the gravitas it deserves. And the various women in this novel are all flawed! I loved that they were unique and nuanced; the author had taken the time to develop them properly.
The romance in this novel was done well, too. It was believable and depicted that struggle of maintaining one’s own identity within the context of a relationship. I loved Camila and Diego together and I think the author handled their issues very well.
All in all, this was just a fantastic read. It was engaging, powerful, and won my heart over. I’m so glad Reese Witherspoon has noticed this book and I cannot endorse this more! IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT, GO AND READ IT! I guarantee you will not be disappointed!