Book Reviews, Young Adult

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu | Book Review

Title: Moxie

Author: Jennifer Mathieu

Series: N/A

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Feminism

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Publication date: September 19th, 2017

Pages: 330

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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.

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“MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK.”

To say this book was a cute contemporary romance is an understatement, because honestly? It was so much more than that. And I think it was a very important read, despite if you like contemporaries or not, because this book was all about GIRL POWER, and basically a call out of situations women have to live every day throughout their entire lives. And that’s one of the reasons I loved this book that much!

I buddy read this with Katherine at paperbackdreamer, and let me tell you it was such a great experience, because this was my first time buddy reading a book, and I definitely want to repeat it. There’s something about talking about a book while you’re reading it with someone that’s so pleasing. But back to the review.

“There was a time when she listened to this music. When she raged and roared and rioted. When she wasn’t dutiful. There was a time when she lived out loud. And no one can take that away from her.”

This story took me completely by surprise. Somehow before picking this up I had in my head an image of what it was going to be, but after I started it I found out it was a completely different one. Vivian, our main character, was so relatable and real that I couldn’t help but empathize with her during the whole story.

I loved how also this book was all about girls supporting each other, and the progress betwen the beginning and the end of each of the female characters. At the beginning I wasn’t a big fan of some of them, but throughout the story you saw what they were going through and how they started to support the movement until they were all united, and I was incredibly proud of them, because despite being a short book, I felt like I knew each of them, and I was a proud momma.

AND GUYS, THAT’S NOT ALL. There was an actual healthy relationship in this book as well! Those are like unicorns, you don’t see them often. So to say I was excited doesn’t reach the bottom. I loved Seth and Viv’s romance relationship. Yes, they had some misunderstandings in some parts of the book, but they supported each other and honestly, they were adorably cute. Like a chocolate cake cute.

“I realize Moxie doesn’t belong to me anymore. It belongs to every girl at East Rockport High who wants to be a part of it.”

It also talks about social issues, rape culture and other important stuff that I was so happy to see discussed in a book, especially in a YA book. I was quite pissed off during some of the scenes in the story, and to be honest, I kinda wanted to punch one of the boys in the face. Well, maybe some more.

It was a very fast paced story, that kept me wanting to keep reading more and more until I finished it, and it definitely was a very powerful read. I’m so proud of all of those girls and how they have grown so much since the beginning of the novel.

If you’re contemplating wheter or not to pick this book, I’ll answer you: JUST DO IT. It was a fantastic contemporary read with lots of girl power and healthy relationships.

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