Yamile (pronounced sha-MEE-lay) Saied Mendez is an Argentinian-American Pura Belpre gold medal-winning author of picture books, middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction. An inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient, she's a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts and Voices of Our Nations (VONA). Her young adult novel, Furia, was a Reese Witherspoon X Hello Sunshine YA Pick and she's a founding member of Las Musas, a collective of women and nonbinary Latinx creators. Born and raised in Rosario, Argentina-to a family with roots from all over the world-she now lives in Utah with her Puerto Rican husband, five multicultural kids, two bilingual dogs, and one majestic cat. Visit her online at YamileSMendez.com.
Praise for Twice a Quinceanera [A] ridiculously charming rom-com. -Cosmopolitan A fun and whimsical story. -Hip Latina Mendez's debut adult novel is a love letter to people starting from scratch and an ode to those searching to find their one true love...An enchanting novel overflowing with self-love and second chances. -Kirkus Reviews YA author Mendez (Furia) makes her adult debut with a heartwarming romance centered on personal growth...It's a fun, empowering romp. -Publishers Weekly This second-chance romance is a warm, romantic story made all the more compelling by the focus on Nadia and Marcos learning what they truly want for their lives. The details about what a second quinceanera is all about add to the vivid romance. -Booklist Praise for Yamile Saied Mendez: This book will set your dreams on fire . . . It's fabulous. -Reese Witherspoon on Furia In this stirring novel by Argentine American author Mendez, passion for sports and personal growth intersect in Camila's powerful, feminist first-person narrative about her experiences as an ambitious athlete, a teenager deeply in love, the daughter of an abusive father at the point of taking charge of her own life, and a young woman finding her voice in a deeply sexist, patriarchal society . . . A riveting coming-of-age story. -Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW on Furia Weaving rich cultural specifics and electric energy into her prose, Mendez crafts a dynamic, feminist narrative that commands attention from the very first line. At its core, this novel is a full-hearted love letter to Argentina and incorrigible girls everywhere, emboldening readers to stand up for themselves and chase the dreams they hold dear. -Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW on Furia An engrossing #OwnVoices novel. -PopSugar on Furia [A] high-energy #OwnVoices novel . . . Written in a relatable first-person perspective. -Booklist on Furia In Furia, Saied Mendez captures both the breathless beauty of futbol and the depth of its political power. Sports intersect with gender, class, race, and identities around the world, and there's still so much ground to be covered in telling the stories that live at these intersections. This novel is a thoughtful, vibrant addition. Camila shows readers that they can have it all, even if it's not exactly as they planned it. She insists girls have every right to dream, to want, to live, and it is a pleasure to watch this character do all three things with love and fury in equal measure. -Chicago Review of Books on Furia Fun, fast, and full of laughs, you've never seen the White House like this! -Ally Carter, New York Times bestselling author of the Gallagher Girls series on Shaking Up the House A delightful story of pranks and misadventures, proving that friendships with rocky starts are often the best friendships of all. -Saadia Faruqi, author of A Place at the Table and the Yasmin series on Shaking Up the House Laugh-out-loud funny and joyously optimistic, Shaking Up the House reminds us that even when things go utterly awry, good-intentioned and caring people can set them right again. Yamile Saied Mendez deftly juggles multiple viewpoints to weave together a timely tale of the power of tradition and friendship. And in these fraught times, the story of two first families coming together in respect and common purpose is a bromide for the soul. -David Bowles, award-winning author of They Call Me Guero and the 13th Street series on Shaking Up the House