Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Published by: Hodder Paperbacks
Release Date: 21/09/2017 (if you are in the UK, this book is already out in WH Smith as part of the Zoella Book Club)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: 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 never would have heard of this book if it wasn’t on the Zoella Book Club. When I saw it in WHSmith and read the back, I knew right away that I had to read it. I haven’t come across many books with feminism as the main theme, so I was really happy when I found Moxie.
I found the main character, Vivian, relatable because she didn’t want the attention on her, she preferred to keep quite and not speak up in class. I was the same in school, so I enjoyed seeing myself in a character.
I really liked Lucy’s character. It was nice to have someone represented who is passionate about feminism and doesn’t give up on it just because people get annoyed by it or don’t think its cool.
I loved the idea of Vivian creating her own zine. I thought it was really cool and something different. I’ve read a lot of books that involve blogs, but I’ve never come across a book that had zines in it, so I really enjoyed seeing something new. I also really liked that the book had pictures of all the zines, I thought they looked really cool.
The things that the girls did to protest the sexism in their school were always really fun to read about. They did interesting stuff that always made me laugh, but that also managed to still get a point across.
If you’re looking for a great feminist read, I would definitely recommend picking up Moxie.