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I bought it!
Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think 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 mum 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 Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond and spread the Moxie message. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realises that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.
I have really enjoyed Jennifer Mathieu’s writing in the past, so I was intrigued to pick up Moxie. Jennifer writes about some quite contentious subjects. This time, it looked like she was tackling feminism and I absolutely loved that. It was more than that though. It was about a girl growing as a person and fighting severe injustice. I love it when people fight against injustice, be it male or female.
Moxie centres around a girl called Vivian who very much just got by at school. She was good, compliant and had a nice group of friends. Vivian was annoyed by the blatant sexism going on at her school. She decided to create a feminist zine to respond to the sexism. She distributed it anonymously to her classmates. Something she’d never have done before. However, Vivian takes a risk and finds it really pays off. She becomes closer to her new friend Lucy and gets to know the new guy at school. The zine has consequences though and Vivian finds herself in a sticky situation that she would have never had previously been in!
I loved that so many people were inspired by Vivian’s actions even though they didn’t know it was her. I think Vivian grew so much in the space of the story and I bloomin’ love character growth. I have to admit to being a little dubious about the prospect of romance in this story. I didn’t want a romance to take away from main story of empowerment. I needn’t have worried though, the romance is sweet and he’s a good guy who doesn’t agree with the sexism.
The strong female relationships in this book just make it such a wonderful read for me. I loved that the girls didn’t delight in tearing each other down. I loved that they found common ground even if they didn’t always necessarily agree with one another.
I highly recommend this book if you’re into strong female characters and a sweet, supportive romance!
Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars