Hello Gemmies! I have an exciting book review to share with you today. Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.
Furia is a debut YA contemporary coming of age story by Yamile Saied Mendez. I was so excited to receive this one to review and man I was not disappointed, Furia absolutely blew me away. I cannot believe this is Yamile's first novel. Furia pulls you in from the very first page. This is very much a story about female empowerment and resilience in the face of insurmountable odds. Let's start with the story. The plot was unexpected, fresh, and new. Although this is a YA novel, there are some very serious themes throughout like machismo, misogyny, toppling patriarchal structures, child abuse, domestic abuse, and gender and class inequality that take this novel to the next level. I found myself fully immersed in this world. The world building is so fresh and authentic. Yamile's passion for her Argentinian culture was beautifully woven into every page. I found myself transported to Argentina sipping a mate while nibbling on an alfajor. The writing also flowed at a great pace all throughout this novel. I had to put the book down because I didn't want it to end! Otherwise I would have finished this gem in one sitting!
Furia is also an extremely well written character driven story with a diverse cast of characters that I found to be complex, dynamic, and relatable. I absolutely loved our main protagonist Camila Hassan aka la Furia. She is so fierce. Despite all the obstacles she faces, she remains true to herself. Camila is also a great role model for young girls. Too often in literature we see young women who need a man to save them or to help them achieve their goals. Not here, Camila is determined to see her dreams come to fruition and not even her love can distract her from doing it. Speaking of love, I LOVED the relationship between Camila and Diego. The chemistry between these two was amazing. Their relationship felt natural, it never came off as forced or rushed. Although there is romance in Furia it does not overpower the story. This is very much a feminist powerhouse of a book about breaking generational cycles of abuse that I recommend all girls and women read.
This gem published by Algonquin Young Readers is set to release on September 15, 2020 and is available for pre-order from all major booksellers. I give Furia 5 out of 5 gems. I cannot wait for this story to be out in the world for all to read and enjoy. Happy Reading!