Review: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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

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