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Moxie: A Novel Hardcover – September 19, 2017
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“With a story that’s equal parts heart and instruction manual, Mathieu has captured the movement of a generation―warts and all―and shone a light forward for the next one.” ―E. K. Johnston, #1 New York Times Bestseller author of Exit Pursued By a Bear
“Vivian Carter and Moxie are strong and smart and so, so inspiring. She is my new hero and this is my new favorite book. I’m proud to be a Moxie girl.”
―Jennifer Niven, New York Times–bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe
“From its soul-deep girl friendships to its swoony love story to its smart, gutsy heroine, Moxie is a ferocious joy. I could feel my heart―and my courage―getting bigger every time I turned the page."
―Katie Cotugno, New York Times–bestselling author of 99 Days and How to Love
"Moxie is an anthem, a how-to guide, and that best friend who says, ‘You matter, too!’” ―Sherri L. Smith, author of Pasadena and Flygirl
“Like the addictive riff of a punk rock song, Moxie will pull you in, inspire you, and kick you back out into the world with a burning desire to change it. Read this. Now.” ―Jenny Torres Sanchez, author of Because of the Sun
"An invaluable revelation." ―Booklist, starred review
"This novel is full of wit, insight, and moxie. . . . Highly recommended for all teens, but especially those who would enjoy realistic coming-of-age fiction with female empowerment." ―School Library Journal, starred review
"Satisfying and moving." ―Publishers Weekly
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.
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MOXIE is the definitive feminist YA contemporary novel. This book has been on the top of my fall reading list ever since I read the description. I had very high expectations going into it, but MOXIE absolutely crushed it! I have never felt so empowered as a woman as I did while reading this book.
I want girls and women alike to read this book, because I want them to be able to feel that same incredible sense of empowerment that I did while I was reading. But I also want everyone to read this book regardless of gender. Feminism and gender equality are not battles to be fought only by women. It's something we all need work toward together, and this book is a great way to start some crucial conversations around those topics.
This is one of those books that just needs to be required reading in high schools. This book sends a clear and vital message about the importance of speaking up for what's right and fighting against bullying, sexism, and discrimination of all kinds, which is a message that is important for everyone.
Vivian's character was so well-done. She creates this incredible feminist zine and anonymously distributes it throughout her high school, but her struggle to gain the confidence to do that makes her so believable. The obstacles she faces as a woman in the high school she goes to are infuriating and sadly relatable. She is a character that you'll more than cheer for. She is a character you will follow straight into battle.
The book includes images of the zine that Vivian creates, and they are awesome and just so much fun.
There is a sweet and swoony romance in this book, and it really emphasizes the importance for both parties in a relationship to try to understand the experiences of the other, to learn from each other, and grow together. It in no way detracts from the overall theme of the book. It only enhances it.
Read this book, you guys, and then let's talk about it! Let's continue the important conversations from this book. Moxie girls fight back!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Vivian watches silently as the jocks sexually harass girls in her class, glad to escape their torment, waiting for someone to stop the boys. Inspired by her mom’s feminist roots, Viv secretly creates Moxie, a zine to speak out against rape culture at her school. Soon other girls join in sparking outrage from the school, but the Moxie girls are mad as hell, and they aren’t going to take it any more.
In MOXIE, Jennifer Matthieu brings for sexual harassment to life as she did sexual assault and bullying in THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE. Viv is a reluctant hero, even allowing a friend to be blamed for starting the MOXIE revolution. She lacks the courage to stand up for her actions. But she’s real, so very real. Sixteen-year-old girls who think they are standing alone speaking out about injustice would probably act the same way. I sent an anonymous note to my principal as a high school senior after witnessing an injustice. I would have never had the guts to talk to him myself.
Sexual harassment is such an important topic for girls and women and Matthieu shows how in a school rules by football players who can get away with almost anything, girls are blames for the misbehavior of boys. Girls are singled out for dress code violations for tempting the boys and told to act like young ladies, while boys’ sexual comments during class go unaddressed.
MOXIE should be required reading for high school students, along with discussions about harassment. MOXIE gets my highest recommendation.
Like, I am having trouble putting into words how I am feeling right now. This book just has me inspired. It makes me want to go out and do something, make some noise, and just let my voice be heard. I identified with this entire book. I went through a lot of these same experiences when I was in high school. There were always these jerkface guys who would always just tell me and all of the girls that women belonged in the kitchen, which is what the guys in this book were saying. Also, similar to this book, the word, "feminist" is considered to be taboo and kind of like a dirty word.
I just found myself drawing similarities between this book and my high school because I am from a small town and while it isn't just one sport that is literally the center of the school, sports, in general, were the center of the school. If you weren't doing sports, it is like you never existed. It's like you were invisible. I wasn't involved in something like that, so people did not know I existed. I also was just afraid of speaking out against all the antifeminism and sexist bull crap because I would end up being part of their sexist jokes.
Also, at my school, it was very clique-ish. You saw the cliques clearly and you did not cross over into another clique. I was looked at like an outcast because I was not part of a clique. I had not gone to that school for my entire life. I transferred there in eighth grade. I had two best friends. Two. I didn't eat in the cafeteria because I was avoiding the people in there. I would eat lunch in one of the classrooms.
And standard policy at that school was to not draw attention to yourself, especially because of what you were wearing. I identified so much with the stupid dress code crap we saw in this book. At my high school, the girls were slut-shamed and told what to wear and what not to wear, what color to dye their hair, and how they should just generally look so as to not distract the male students because they can't control themselves if they saw a female's shoulders. You couldn't wear leggings unless you were wearing a dress or shirt that was practically down to your knees lest one of the male students suddenly get distracted from their education, nevermind the girl's education. They were objectifying the female students. Did the boys ever break the dress code? Yeah, but did they ever get in trouble for it? No. Not even once.
This book also discussed that classic guy line that says, "Oh, but not all guys are like that!" Like, yeah, that may be true, but in saying, you are belittling and dismissing the fact that a lot of guys are like that. They do objectify women and treat us like we are second-class citizens. This book challenges that, and for that reason, I think everyone, male and female, should read this book because feminism is for everyone, not just girls. I think people look down on feminism because they don't understand it, and they believe in stereotypes. That's how my family is. They believe in stereotypes.
This book just tackles so many different topics in relation to women, and I just think that everyone can learn something from this book. This book is so realistic because this stuff does happen. It is real, whether you choose to believe it or not. All of these characters are so relatable, and I could just see myself in every single one of them, so I think everyone can relate to this book. This book was just executed so wonderfully, and I am so happy I decided to read this because it is definitely one of my favorite books of the year, and it has jumped onto my all time favorite books list. This was just absolutely fantastic!