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Furia Featured
Young Adult Fiction 1000
engrossing book about gender equality and pursuing your goals
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
FURIA is a feminist story of pursuing your dreams. Camila, known as La Furia on the futbol field, dreams of being a soccer pro. She has the talent, but her parents would never let her play- girls shouldn't play soccer. Camila plays for a team anyway, and together, their skill propels them to a big tournament, one that could catch the eyes of international recruiters.

Camila is also skilled in English, and she would love to go to the US, but it would be so expensive that the dream seems impossible. She is working to save up as much as she can, while also cultivating her skills on the field. At home, her abusive father is frequently putting her and her mother down, as women should know their place. Camila is afraid of him (and rightly so) but still manages to be defiant.

Diego was her friend growing up, and now he has made it big, playing in Europe. When he comes home, their romance is rekindled, but Camila can't help but be reminded that he will be leaving- and her dream is not to follow him around the world and watch his success while preventing her own.

What I loved: This book captures some complex issues of gender equality and the different expectations of girls vs. boys and the roles they are expected to fill. Camila has some really poignant moments where she counters these ingrained thoughts/comments with better thoughts. This was not always an easy read as it covers these difficult topics as well as teen pregnancy and abuse. She is a really fantastic main character whose passion for her dreams and goals will not be deterred by anyone or anything. The book is ultimately encouraging and full of female power.

I also really appreciated the context and immersion in Argentinian culture that add another level of interest. Smaller themes around women's rights are included throughout and really provide a multi-faceted look at the culture and these related issues.

Final verdict: Overall, this was an engrossing story about using your talent and pursuing your goals with messages about gender equality and the complexities of love. Highly recommend for people who enjoy powerful#ownvoices stories.
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