Review: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

I love Jennifer Mathieu. She has the ability to tackle difficult issues in stories with amazing characters. Her latest book, Moxie, is no different. This time she has created a terrific YA story about feminism where the mother is not a hated character. Vivian has always been curious about her mom’s youth and her time as a Riot Grrrl in the 1990s. Fed up with the way boys in her high school have been treating girls and the double standard when it comes to dress code, she decides to fight back by writing a ‘zine called Moxie. In it she calls for the other girls in the school to join her in standing up and fighting back against sexism. Of course, I loved this story! You know I love strong female characters.

I loved Vivian and her friends. I loved the new boy in town who shows that guys can be feminists too. I loved that Vivian had a mostly positive relationship with her mom. I loved the ‘zines and the art in this book. I loved the whole concept. (Although I kind of hate that this type of book had to be written since sexism is still so rampant.)

Anyone looking for a feel-good, girl-power story will love this book!

Rating: 4 Stars

Jennifer Mathieu
Young Adult Fiction
Roaring Brook Press
September 19, 2017

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.

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    1. What?! Really?! OMG. You have to check out her books. She is SO amazing. Devoted is definitely my favorite, but all of her books are great. You need to read her soon. 😉

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