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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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Short Recap: Vivian Carter is fed up with the sexist crap that is taking place at her small Texas school. Football rules and girls drool. The football players can do no wrong and they know it. Finally being pushed too far and inspired by her Mom’s 90s feminist zines and creates one of her own – Moxie. Is this enough to get the female population of East Rockport High School to rise up against the injustice that has them pressed between a rock and a hard place?
Hot damn this story was just so good! This is the type of book YA needs RIGHT NOW. Not just girls! Boys too should read this. Mathieu wrote a hell of a book that is sure to empower girls to speak their minds and stand up against what they feel is wrong. A copy of this book needs to be in the hands of everyone. I wish I could make that happen because I believe everyone needs to read this book.
Vivian’s character was brilliant. Her development throughout the course of the story was lovely to witness. She started out as a meek girl not wanting to cause waves and became this tough as nails female who would not put up with crap from anyone. She quickly became someone that figured out that if all of the females stood together, they would be a much stronger voice. She believed enough in what she was doing to risk her future and to me that spoke volumes. It even made me want to be as tough as her. I had problems with Vivi’s best friend, Claudia. For reasons that were not clearly explained, Claudia started to pull away from her lifetime BFF after Moxie made its first appearance and Vivi voiced how much she agreed with it. It seemed Claudia had serious issues with the other friends Vivi was making. Maybe that was just a fear of being replaced? No matter what, Claudia should have been big enough and confident enough in her friendship to talk to Vivi about it. It just stood out to me how petty she was being.
Growing up in small town America (my home town had less than 600 people and I graduated with only 27 people in my class), I can confirm that Mathieu nailed small town life. She has a gift for portraying this perfectly. It hit me harder and made me more uncomfortable to actually see it in print, but it was still true. Small towns thrive on football and those that play are treated as if they can do no wrong. That is no environment for young girls to grow up in because it gives a warped sense of reality. No girl should have to grow up thinking that they are the cause for a boy’s distraction. That made me so mad, moreso because it is so true. The message within the pages of this book are just so damn powerful.
I really am at a loss for what else I can say about this outstanding and powerful book without giving too much away. I really, really, want everyone to read this! Always remember that this is not a female-only story – it is for men too! It is for everyone with an open mind and a willing heart to stand up for what is right and just. I wish I could buy everyone a copy so they can share with others. Please, read this now and let me know your thoughts. I want to hear what you think!
MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!!
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.
Amazing novel. The characters are fleshed out and have depth. The relationships between the characters, particularly our main character Viv's relationships with her boyfriend, mom, and friends felt authentic. Feminist af.
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