Moxie – Jennifer Mathieu

Title: Moxie

Author: Jennifer Mathieu

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Release date: September 19, 2017

Genre: teen, contemporary, feminist

Page count: 330 pages

My rating: 5 stars

Goodreads synopsis: Moxie girls fight back!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so 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. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

My thoughts: This book was BADASS! I am so pumped up after finishing this! I just finished it about three hours ago and I am already planning on rereading it in the near future! I absolutely loved it!

This book stroked every feminist cell in my body! It is inspiring, empowering, and kick ass! The story moves very well for a contemporary. Sometimes I feel contemporaries can tend to drag in places but this was all action and fast paced! I HUNGRILY read the words as if they were going to disappear from the page any second. I just had to know what Moxie was going to do next to fight the patriarchy!

I have heard other reviewers say this book silences or discourages male allies from the feminist movement but I did not get that impression at all. I felt the main male character and love interest, Seth, was very receptive and willing to listen to Vivian and her Moxie movement. I think at times he didn’t quite understand where she was coming from but that is through no fault of his own because he, being male, had just never experienced those things. But I found him to be supportive, willing, and sensitive and he and Viv’s relationship was actually a very healthy one for a YA novel. I think he was a good representative of the guys who aren’t “complete dicks” to quote the book.

I loved all the characters. I especially loved Vivian’s best friend, Claudia. Her transformation throughout the book was really wonderful to watch and I highly enjoyed her. I was a little disappointed in Vivian’s mom. She was a former Riot grrl. I wanted her to still have a little of that punk rock, feminist side to her but she just felt like a grown up mom. They kept referring to her as the cool mom but I just didn’t see it. Or maybe I just didn’t see it as much as I would’ve liked to.

To sum up, this book is so good. It should be required reading for all high school students to understand important topics like gender equality, male privilege, and rape culture. There are a few triggers of sexual assault and rape. We don’t see these scenes acted put in the book but circumstances are talked about so be aware of that. This book was beautiful though and it makes me want to get out there and burn my bra and rage!

As a bonus, here’s a picture of me at my first women’s march last year! Talk about an inspiring movement!

And here are the signs we made:

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