MOXIE by Jennifer Mathieu
Roaring Brook Press
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: This book is smart, witty, and sincere with a bit of sass and spunk to balance it all out.
When I first heard about MOXIE, I knew this book was going to resonate with me. I don’t know if it is the invocation of my girl power days or maybe it is the kick-ass music references throughout the book, but Jennifer Mathieu brought it with this story.
From the description of the misogynistic high school environment to the realistic portrayal of what it means to be a teenage girl in today’s society, MOXIE is an entertaining and thought provoking book. The author brings to the page a lot of issues that face young women, but manages to do it in a way that doesn’t preach to the reader. The humor, the heart, and the interactions between all the characters, make the story real. I loved the way Vivian thinks and how she comes to the realization that things need to change. As a character, there is an honesty to her which we can see in her gutsy actions, but also in her questioning what she has done.
MOXIE is a story that needs to be told and read. I cannot recommend this book more. Hopefully, it will start a conversation about how to empower girls to stand up for themselves and what is right. It is time to reinvigorate the girl power revolution…one reader at a time.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice.
MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!
Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with an administration at her 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!
About the Author: Jennifer Mathieu is the author of Devoted, Afterward, and The Truth About Alice, the winner of the Children's Choice Book Awards' Teen Choice Debut Author Award. She teaches high school English in Texas, where she lives in the Houston area with her husband and son.
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (September 19, 2017)
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