MoxieTitle: Moxie

Author: Jennifer Mathieu

Pages: 337 Pages

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

The Blurb

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.


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!

The Review

You know what? There just aren’t enough feminist based YA fiction books in the world. Well fear not booklovers! Jennifer Mathieu has restored that imbalance (well somewhat restored…made a big dent) with her brilliant book Moxie.

Moxie – a noun that feels like it should be a verb. Moxie is a zine that Viv Carter starts up due to the unfair treatment of girls at her high school. She does this in secret but as the zine gathers momentum, more followers and more people come forward about the injustice the Moxie movement threatens to overspill and make a real difference in Viv’s high school…but at what cost?

I bloody loved Moxie. My inner teenage feminist roared along with the riot grrrls and I wished I was young again so I could start my own feminist group. Alas, I am an adult and an educator…therefore I will use my powers for good and pass this book onto every teenage girl I work with.

Jennifer Mathieu has scored solid gold with Moxie.


Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu is available now.

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4 Stars

Maddie & SayaraTitle: Maddie & Sayara

Author: Sanjyot P. Dunung

Pages: 152 Pages

Publisher: Full Circle Media

The Blurb

Two girls growing up in very different cultures, driven to fight for what is right . . .

Maddie and Sayara are from very different cultures and meet while on holiday. They quickly forge a close friendship as they discover their similarities—their families, attitudes, dreams, and hopes. Their time together is cut short when Sayara is called home because her favourite cousin has been unexpectedly jailed by powerful forces. Maddie is both surprised and shocked and resolves to help Sayara free her cousin, Themi, from jail.

Maddie wonders why girls are treated differently just because of where they are born. Naïve, but hopeful, Maddie cannot understand why her friends should live within unequal and unfair rules, and she is determined to fix the problem.

Stealthily arriving in Sayara’s home kingdom, Maddie finds she is less prepared than she thought to navigate local powerful forces, culture, and unfair rules. With the help of a local family, Maddie finds Sayara and her spirited cousin Themi. But can Maddie and Sayara persuade the king to change the unfair rules against women?

This is not only a compelling story that young adults will relate to, but it’s also an inspiration for girls everywhere to fight intolerance and repression. A perfect book for anyone interested in making the world a better place.

The Review

Oh boy.

Ok, so I hate it when I read a review book and I don’t like it and I swear I really try to be diplomatic with my reviews; I’m going to try and do the same with Maddie & Sayara but I think it is going to be hard.

Maddie & Sayara is the story of a friendship formed by the two eponymous characters. Both come from very different worlds. Maddie has the western freedom that she naturally takes for granted. Sayara on the other hand is from a country that forces girls to be covered from head to toe with ‘tents’ – we can assume writer Dunung means a burka. Girls can’t drive cars, they have to follow the rules put forth by men and basically they have no rights.

So far, so interesting. Having a story that looks at the disparity between these two worlds and the unfairness of one seems pretty interesting. I comment Dunung for approaching an interesting topic.

However, the story becomes too farfetched. Maddie – a thirteen year old travels across the world by herself without her parents noticing, the uplifting ending and the crazy adventure she gets herself in. It was all too implausible.

Maddie & Sayara is meant to be YA Fiction and I think that Dunung hasn’t given her audience enough credit to be able to see through a plot that just wouldn’t happen.

A very disappointing read.

Maddie & Sayara by Sanjyot P. Dunung is available now.

1 star

MY Life on the RoadTitle: My Life on the Road

Author: Gloria Steinem

Pages: 276 Pages

Publisher: Random House

The Blurb

Gloria Steinem—writer, activist, organizer, and one of the most inspiring leaders in the world—now tells a story she has never told before, a candid account of how her early years led her to live an on-the-road kind of life, traveling, listening to people, learning, and creating change. She reveals the story of her own growth in tandem with the growth of an ongoing movement for equality. This is the story at the heart of My Life on the Road.

The Review

Ok, I’ll admit it. I wanted to read this book because Emma Watson recommended it.

I’m so very glad that I am a victim of pop culture. Steinem’s memoir, My Life on the Road chronicles various points in her life. She takes you on a journey, her journey, and reveals all the wonderful, amazing and sometimes heartbreaking things and people that she encounters.

With her uncompromising beliefs and tenacity you finish reading My Life on the Road desperate to get out there. Out there in the big wide world and have a life changing adventure and to just do a little bit of good.

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem is available now.

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4 Stars

Title: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

Author: Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Pages: 220 Pages

Publisher: Particular Books

The Blurb

What if the princess didn’t marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.

(Amazon Blurb)

The Review

In 2015 I became an aunty for the first time. My little niece is amazing and I am making it my duty to make her realise that she can be whatever she wants to be. Currently, it is a Disney Princess and that is ok.

What Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls will teach her is that she can be anything she wants. She could be a pirate or an artist or an activist. These are just some of the things that some incredible women have done over the years and their stories are condensed and told in this book. It is an incredible read with absolutely stunning drawings to accompany the tales of these great women.

What I loved most about Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls is that Favilli and Cavallo have opened a can of book worms. This could be a series that runs and runs. There are so many brilliant women to celebrate and this book really will make a difference to the young girls that will read it.

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo is available now.

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5 Stars

A Book for HerTitle: A Book for Her

Author: Bridget Christie

Pages: 320 Pages

Publisher: Random House UK/Cornerstone

The Blurb

Bridget Christie is a stand-up comedian, idiot and feminist. On the 30th of April 2012, a man farted in the Women’s Studies Section of a bookshop and it changed her life forever.

A Book For Her details Christie’s twelve years of anonymous toil in the bowels of stand-up comedy and the sudden epiphany that made her, unbelievably, one of the most critically acclaimed British stand-up comedians this decade, drawing together the threads that link a smelly smell in the women’s studies section to the global feminist struggle.

Find out how nice Peter Stringfellow’s fish tastes, how yoghurt advertising perpetuates rape myths, and how Emily Bronte used a special ladies’ pen to write Wuthering Heights.

If you’re interested in comedy and feminism, then this is definitely the book for you. If you hate both then I’d probably give it a miss.

The Review

I love reading books by feminists and I find that I become a bit of an armchair feminist whenever I read them. In particular, I like feminist books that use humour juxtaposed with the very real debates over feminist rights.

That is why I really enjoyed Bridget Christie’s A Book for Her. In the book, Christie discusses serious topics such as Female Genital Mutilation and Rape Culture. She also discusses farts. This silly balance made A Book for Her such a delightful tonic.

If you enjoy reading A Book for Her then you should also check out her stand up performances.

A Book for Her by Bridget Christie is available now.

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35 Stars