Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
I absolutely LOVED this book, way more than I anticipated. I’ve been interested in this book but I wasn’t dying to read it, after reading it though, OhMyGod!!! It’s so good ! Moxie is a book that all teens and young adults NEED to read. It has strong feminist themes that focus on girls standing up for themselves and speaking there minds. There is a trigger warning for sexual harassment and talk of rape. The last 30 pages had me in tears at how proud I was of the girls and some boys).
I really loved Viv as a main character. I think she’s a very realistic and down to earth character. She’s passionate and stands up for her ideas but she also deals with insecurities about how her peers will see if if she voices these opinions. So she creates a zine called Moxie where she can anonymously voice her feelings about how the girls in the school are being treated by the boys and male authority figures. She is a character that a lot of teens could look up to, she has strong morals. I loved her relationship with her mother and her grandparents. It’s rare to see positive family dynamics in YA, so for the author to include the grandparents it was a nice touch.
Seth is the new boy at the school and Viv’s love interest. He is sweet and sympathetic to Viv’s feelings about how the girls are being treated. There is a scene where he dose not understand where she is coming from, showing that even the nicest of boys sometimes will not understand the hardships that girls have to face.