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By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Argentinian teen's exciting fight to reach her soccer dream.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Pursuing your dreams in a complex world

I really liked this book. The coming of age story feels real and the obstacles and world Camilla lives in rang true. There is definitely romance and some making out. Unplanned pregnancies are a part of Camilla's world. Gender norms are a strong theme and the restrictions and limited expectations put on the lives of women are explored. Great themes about working hard for your dreams and staying true to yourself when you have many competing pressures and expectations to balance. The domestic violence and casual harassment faced by characters is chilling. I love a story where a POC teen gets to be the heroine of her own story. I'd probably wait to recommend this to my daughter until about 14 as romance doesn't hold her interest yet.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
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This story of a strong, resilient girl pursuing her dream of playing professional soccer is equal parts moving and exciting. In Furia, author Yamile Saied Méndez brings the game alive while creating indelible characters. Camila's a smart, hardworking girl, but her story shows how women struggle to have it all or are forced to make hard personal choices men often aren't asked to make. In keeping her soccer playing a secret, Camila is dampening down an important part of who she is. She starts to understand her mother better and sees what a lifetime of living under the expectations of others can do to a person. In this way, she grows tremendously as a character.

Méndez does an excellent job of balancing the excitement of the soccer scenes with the romance and family conflict storylines. It never feels like she's trying to cram in too much. The pace is perfect, and Camila's an engaging narrator the reader will be rooting for the whole way through.

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