Early Bird Review | Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu


About the Book: An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Matheiu, author of The Truth About Alice.

MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and 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. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!

YA Contemporary
Roaring Book Press | September 19, 2017
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Moxie was such an empowering YA book!  I swear, this is a book all teenage girls should read!  It’s all about standing up for yourself, and not taking shit from anyone just because you happen to be a girl.  The way Jennifer Mathieu wrote it made me want to stand up and cheer!  I definitely want my daughter to be a Moxie Girl.

I think what I really loved was, even though this is a book about feminism, it also covered not judging people harshly because they don’t understand.  I really worried the author would take the story to the extreme, vilifying two of the characters for not being exactly what Viv thought a ‘good person’ should be.  I think the idea of people having different life experiences, leading to differing opinions, should have been explored a little more, with more introspection from Viv.  It was definitely discussed when it came to Viv’s own relationships, but I would have preferred if the story between Viv and her mom, about her mom’s love life, had been explored more.

Other than that, everything was pretty awesome!  I loved how Viv’s courage came from the mindset of a Riot Girl.  I thought it was awesome that she had to recognize how men can’t understand what it’s like to be a woman, because they don’t exist in a world that validates them as sexual beings first.  However, their inability to ‘get it’ doesn’t automatically make them sexist.  They can still be one of the ‘good ones’.

Even beyond the feminist message, Viv’s romance was just so adorable!  I loved all of their sweet interactions, and I loved the progression the romance.  They frustrated each other, annoyed each other, and then they made up.  (Again, another book that highlights a healthy relationship.  Love it!)

Ignore the romance talk though, because Moxie isn’t a love story.  It’s a book about starting a revolution!  I’m all about girls fighting back!  (It was the reason I loved Lemonade Mouth, the movie!)  I’m all about our youth raising their voices and being heard.

I want a future of strong women, so spread the word!  Moxie Girls Fight Back!

Thank you to Roaring Book Press for providing a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.


About Birdie

Don’t look for her in any bar, club, crazy raging party, or anywhere there may be a large gathering of strangers. She’s more likely to be found tucked into the corner of the couch watching one of her favorite shows, or preferably under a comforter with her current novel.

14 Responses

  1. Beware Of The Reader

    Fantastic review Wendy! I love strong girls and you’re the third blogger gushing about this book! So on my TBR. Can I have a second life to read all the books that I have? LOL


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