Can’t Wait Wednesday – FURIA by Yamile Saied Méndez


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.


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My selection for this week is FURIA by Yamile Saied Méndez.  I love a good sports-themed book and my favorite sport is soccer, so I was drawn to this one as soon as I started reading the blurb.  I also love coming of age stories and can’t wait to meet Camila and watch her find her own path and make her dreams a reality.


FURIA by Yamile Saied Méndez

Publication Date:  September 15, 2020 by Algonquin Young Readers


From Goodreads:

A powerful, #ownvoices contemporary YA for fans of The Poet X and I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter 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.

Filled with authentic details and the textures of day-to-day life in Argentina, heart-soaring romance, and breathless action on the pitch, Furia is the story of a girl’s journey to make her life her own.


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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

22 replies
  1. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    This one sounds really intriguing – with a lot of timely things to say about the status of girls and women within our current society and the expectations they need to field at times to get what they want. Thank you for sharing:)

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      You’re welcome! Yes, I think it’s going to be a very timely story. I love that it’s set in Argentina too. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set there before.

  2. Sam@wlabb
    Sam@wlabb says:

    One of the reasons I jumped on this book was because it is set in Argentina. I am always looking for some interesting settings. The premise of the story sounds fantastic too. I get a Bend it Like Beckham vibe.

  3. verushka
    verushka says:

    Oh my, I adore Camila! What a lovely pick this is Suzanne, and revolving around futbol in Argentina — I really am looking forward to your review of this one.

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