January 4, 2019

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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This book had been on my TBR ever since I met Jennifer at the NoVa Teen Book Festival last year, but for some reason I never got around to reading it. That changed when I picked this up as my first read of 2019. I knew it had a great message about feminism, so I figured that would be a good theme to start off the year. I do want to put trigger warnings on this book for sexual harassment and attempted rape.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu follows Vivian, a high school student fed up with the sexist, misogynist happenings at her school. Inspired by her mom's Riot Grrrl past, Viv anonymously creates a zine called Moxie, hoping to call the girls at her to action school and inspire a change.

I absolutely adored this novel and I'm so happy I started the year off with this read! I absolutely loved Vivian and was inspired by her determination to make a difference. I loved how she tried to remain anonymous to ensure that Moxie was about ALL girls, not just her. There were so many opportunities in this book where characters were able to learn and readjust their behaviors. Even though some never changed, you saw the eyes of a few open to things they believed didn't affect them previously and saw them work to change their behaviors and beliefs. I also really enjoyed the drawings of Viv's zines throughout the book!

Even though this is a YA fiction, I believe this book is important for women of all ages, and men as well! It accurately highlights what girls and women face on a regular basis and emphasizes understanding and change, rather than sympathy, from the opposite sex. We don't want you to feel bad for us. Sympathy isn't action. Instead we want you to understand and do better, and encourage others to do the same. We want you to take our allegations seriously. We want fair punishment for those that commit these crimes against us. We want these issues brought to light.

I am so happy I read this book, and am now empowered more than ever. Moxie girls fight back!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

13 comments:

DJ Sakata said...

Lovely review - I have always loved the word Moxie and am liking the sound of this book

Christina Loeffler said...

Fab review! I love seeing those 5 stars! I'm also with DJ - love the word Moxie!

melissa's fandom world said...

I keep coming across this book more and more. Looks like such an intriguing read! May have to add it to my tbr after all! Loved your review!!

Catfairy Books said...

I did a review of this book in my blog back in 2017 and I LOVED THIS BOOK! I think my review of this book was the longest review I have ever given! This book was so inspirational for me too and it got me into listening to Bikini Kill again!

The Spoonie Mummy said...

Looks like a great book, I need to read!

Melanie P said...

Great review and I'm so happy you loved it. I have owned this book for awhile now and it's on my backlist books that I am determined to read this year because it looks amazing!

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Floryie said...

I think I might give this book a try.. And I have another book named Moxie on my shelf.. So might even compare them and see how they are..

Lady In Read said...

Like DeeJay, I love this word, and now looking at your review and previous comments, two books named Moxie wait for me

jenn G said...

Great review!

Whispering Stories Blog said...

Fab review, I will have to look out for this book.

secondstartotheright said...

This sounds brilliant! Definitely my sort of book and I LOVE a YA novel like this! I might have to pick this one up as my usual genre isn't really grabbing me at the moment :)

Jenny
http://www.jennyinneverland.com

Chloe Jane said...

I love the sound of this book! It sounds like a great book to the start the year with like you said, may have to look about getting this! Thank you for sharing

Chloe xx
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Kelsey said...

I love Moxie! As you said, I'm not a teenager but still think this is a great read and I made my 13 year old cousin read it straight away after I was done with it because I thought it would be a good read for her.