Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu (non-spoiler review)

Book: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis:

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.


INITIAL THOUGHTS

I had seen so much about this book and was super excited to pick it up.


PLOT

Feminism. Inspiration. Girls speaking up for themselves. Girl love.

Wow was this a wonderful read. The behaviour of the the males in this book disgusted me and made me so angry, but the way Vivian and all the girls stood up for themselves made me so happy.


EXECUTION

The writing wasn’t my favourite but it wasn’t at all bad. I also liked how the book not only dealt with sexism, but racism. Vivian has to deal with sexism but as a white character she doesn’t experience the racism that some of the other girls in her school experience along with sexism, and that’s explained to her and the readers.


CHARACTERS

Vivian: Okay but you go girl. She starts this whole movement in her school, and her character development ahh. She’s strong and opinionated and passionate and ah I loved her.

Seth: I think the book would’ve been just as good without a male love interest. However, I do like the part where he doesn’t understand Vivian because he’s never had to deal with the sexism, and that allowed for a different POV and for Vivian to explain it to him.


A shorter, bullet-point review can be found on my Goodreads here.

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Talk To Me

Have you read Moxie? Is it on you TBR? What about Jennifer Mathieu’s other books? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?


Until next time,

Cindy

 

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