Algonquin. Sept. 2020. 368p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781616209919.
Gr 7 Up–Seventeen-year-old Camila “Furia” Hassan navigates a world of lies in Rosario, Argentina. At home she plays the respectful and innocent daughter who is dedicated to learning English and attending medical school. Obedient to her abusive father, loyal to her rising-soccer-star brother and dedicated to her overwhelmed mother, Camila does not show her true colors. The headstrong Latina has dreams of her own: To earn a scholarship to a university and play soccer in the United States, to stick up for women’s rights in her beloved hometown, and to pursue her own relationship with Rosario’s local soccer hero and international heartthrob Diego “El Titan” Ferrari. Through Camila’s first-person narrative, readers learn about her conflicting feelings as a daughter, athlete, and friend, while she struggles to define her priorities. With a mix of Spanish words, vivid dialogue, and rich description, Mendez paints a realistic image of a young woman battling to become herself against the odds. Instances of abuse and child death are described in a sensitive manner for mature readers. This inspirational story is an important read for young adults everywhere to witness the dynamics and pressures for a young Argentinian.
VERDICT This book is a powerful and realistic novel for libraries with a large Latinx or young adult population.

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