Monday, September 4, 2017

Review: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Publication Date: September 19th 2017
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Genre: YA, Contemporary 
Amazon ~ Goodreads ~ TBD

Synopsis: 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.


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!

My Rating
4/5 stars

My Review
Moxie is a book that all young adults and teens should read, whether you’re male or female, this book needs to be shared to show everyone the right side of feminism. It gives us a good reminder, that no matter what the problem is, if we all stand together we can make a difference.

The boys at Vivan’s high school can get away with anything. Innapropriate comments, degrading games and touching girls without their permission, the worst part is that the administration totally doesn’t see anything wrong with this, since they’re the star football players of the school. Vivian takes it upon herself to start an anonymous empowerment magazine, first starting off with small acts to group together and then leading to larger acts of empowerment. 

Vivian was a lovely character. Her journey throughout this story is very beautiful and special.As one of the shy girls at school, Viv only hangs out with a few of her closest friends and tries to avoid standing out to the boys to make sure they don’t make fun of her. When Viv sees a girl in her class with her spirit totally destroyed after a boy makes fun of her in front of the whole class and a teacher does nothing about it, she decides to take action into her own hands and make a zine called Moxie. With inspiration from her mother’s own punk rock period in high school, Viv’s zine becomes a hit and empowers girls from all grades to stand together against the inequality in their school. 
What Viv did was totally out of her comfort zone, but every change she made helped her come out of her shell and become the beautiful person she is. She stood up for what she thought was right and I admire her so much for that.

This book was so important to me. I’ve read a lot of books, and this is the first time I’m actually reading a book about female empowerment and feminism. Shocking right? You never notice how much our current libraries are lacking these sort of titles until you read one. The message that this book gives is so important, not only to young women who might be going through this type of thing, but also young men to show them that women should never be treated in such a manner and what repercussions it can have.

The one thing I didn’t like in the beginning of the book, was the romance that Viv had. Personally, I just wanted to focus on the plot of the story and what Vivan would do next. I found myself skimming the parts where she was talking about the love interest or scenes with them together. Fortunately by the end of the book I can see why the author decided to include the romance to the story, and while I appreciate what she did, I still believe that this book should have been romance free.

Overall, absolutely amazing book. I will be passing on my own copy to all the girls and guys I know who will want to read it. This is a book that I recommend buying because I’m 100% sure you will either love it, or it will change your outlook… or maybe even both.

Happy reading,


  1. I love Mathieu and I am so happy she chose to write this story. I hope to get to it soon (confession: I have had a copy since May, but I am terrible with reading my physical books). All I am hearing are good things, and I am glad this story is out there to shed some light on female issues.

    1. Girl! You need to pick up the book soon, trust me you will definitely love it.
      Thanks so much for reading my review. Good luck


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