• Jennifer Mathieu



Moxie girls fight back!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so 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. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.


If I could only use one word to describe MOXIE it would be empowering. This novel is something that everyone should read – it is a MUST READ!

I have never felt so alive reading a book, I couldn’t put it down. I rarely stay up late reading a book these days, let alone on a work night but I just couldn’t let go of this crazy and empowering feeling that MOXIE was giving me as I read it.

At multiple times throughout the book I was gasping in shock at the events/actions that take place and what these girls go through. Page two had me enraged – “make me a sandwich” – I could have punched the guy right then and there.

The actions of the boys at East Rockport High were utterly disgusting; and not just the boys, but the staff as well, both male and female – it was disgusting! I was getting so riled up reading this book! The girls fought back and it was so glorious, I was fist pumping and saying YESSSSSSSSSS watching them empower each other.

The main protagonist Viv was really relatable and to me there is nothing more important than relating to the characters – in fact I related to all the girls in one way or another.

MOXIE wasn’t only about girls fighting back, it was about boys who stood on the right side of the fence and it was great to see that they were including in the movement – not all men are the same!

The end of the book had me speechless, I had the biggest grin on my face – it was emotionally moving and had me practically bouncing around my bedroom!

MOXIE makes me want to climb a bloody mountain, shout from the rooftops, embrace myself and just DO SOMETHING! I cannot thank Jennifer enough for creating MOXIE, it is a book that will stay with me for a long time.


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