Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Publisher: Square Fish

Publication date: September 18, 2018

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Publisher's description:


Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with an administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv's mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the '90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother's past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She's just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!

My review (first shared August 2, 2020):

I love the message of Girl Power in this book… and that you can be a “nice” girl and still affect positive change and inspire people! We see girls grow and join together to be stronger together than apart. I also appreciated that the author explored some of the challenges that even a feminist boy will face when trying to understand what it’s like to move through the world as a girl/woman.

The extremes that the jerky boys went to with their sexist behavior at times almost seemed TOO over the top - a caricature of a sexist teen boy - but it’s been a few years (cough - decades - cough) since I actively dealt with teen boys. Upon further reflection back to my own high school days in the Deep South, the behavior didn’t seem quite as out there. I remember not being able to wear ANY clothing with snaps on it because the boys would try - and usually succeed - at unsnapping the snaps at some point during the school day.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys young adult fiction with a women empowerment and social justice bent, ESPECIALLY young girls in high schools with “bump and grab”, “make me a sandwich” sorts of boys who make their life hell. Even if they don’t feel the courage to stand up and make changes in their own lives, at least they could feel not quite as alone when they read about the everyday girls in this story making a difference.

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