Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Published September 19, 2017 by Roaring Book Press
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. [summary from Goodreads]
Oh man, I loved this book. I think it has to be tied for my favorite book of the year (tied with Ramona Blue!). I knew going into it that it was supposed to be a kick-ass feminist novel, but I was still surprised at just how inspired and empowered I felt after reading it. It’s truly the kind of book that I want to pass on to young women everywhere and get into every library across America.
As you can see from my Tweet-thread, I am seriously obsessed with this book.
Vivian does such a great job of keeping a diverse group of girls close to her, and I loved seeing how she handled each friendship so differently. None of her friends ever felt like a random background character – they were all so unique and offered their own perspectives on feminism and friendship. Lucy was especially great. I loved how she knew she was a feminist from the start, and wasn’t afraid of what it might mean for her to declare that.
I flew through this book in just a few hours and finished it in one sitting. I could not put Vivian’s journey down and was so pleased at how the story ended! I loved how so many different issues that girls really experience were addressed in the story. Especially if I was younger, I would have really learned from each of those situations and would have gotten such a clearer grasp on the problems in our culture (and what I can do about it!).
The best part of MOXIE is that it doesn’t just educate the reader on feminism, it shows you how you can respond to the challenges women face and how to overcome them with fierce moxie power. Everyone needs to read this book – it will change or strengthen your perspective on the meaning of feminism, and will make you laugh and cry along the way too. 5 stars!
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