Hello everyone! I hope you have all had a great first half of September so far! Today, I am so excited to be working with Algonquin Young Readers to host a tour stop for the blog tour for FURIA by Yamile Saied Méndez!
Instead of doing a typical review post, I decided to make a mood board/aesthetic for the book! I am totally in love with the vibe and overall message of FURIA, and I’m so excited to tell you more about it towards the end of the post. I own none of these pictures; all of the pictures were collected from Pinterest.
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.
Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez is a fútbol-obsessed Argentine American who loves meteor showers, summer, astrology, and pizza. She lives in Utah with her Puerto Rican husband and their five kids, two adorable dogs, and one majestic cat. An inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant
recipient, she’s a graduate of Voices of Our Nations (VONA) and the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Méndez is also part of Las Musas, the first collective of women and nonbinary Latinx middle grade and young adult authors. Furia is her first novel for young adult readers. Website|Goodreads|Instagram|Twitter
Thanks again to Algonquin Young Readers for allowing me be a part of this blog tour for this wonderful book! I highly recommend you check out all of the other tour stops for this book as well. Have you picked up your copy of FURIA yet? Bonus: Have you read it yet? What did you think? I can’t wait to talk to y’all and see what you think!