Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu


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.


That is basically my review. I went into this expecting to love it, and I did. It's smart and funny and powerful and I loved all of characters. It was sometimes really heavy-handed, but I liked that too. We need to shove feminism down people's throats, because equality for all is NECESSARY. Yet, we live in a world were it isn't guaranteed.

Vivian was a great protagonist, and I loved the dynamic relationships she had with her mother, her friends, her crush. It was honest. Just like the rest of the novel was. I love the idea of creating a feminist zine to fight back against the sexism you see every day. I wish I had something like that at my high school/college. this. You'll like it.

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