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Moxie by Jennifer Matthieu

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.

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I’ve had this book on my shelf for so long, I’m talking years and I just never picked it up, but with the news of the movie I moved it up my TBR and finally picked it up.

And wow, it was great! Such a sense of girl power! This would be perfect for a teenage girl, looking for a bit of empowerment although I feel like I enjoyed it just as much. I do want to say thought, a bit of a content warning for sexual harassment and talk of rape/sexual assault, we don’t read about these events taking place, but they are mentioned and discussed in the book.

The story follows Viv, a high school student in a football/boy orientated Texas high school who is fed up of how the treatment of the boys and girls differs so greatly.

I really liked Viv as the MC, I think she’s a very realistic and relatable character. She is passionate, yet quiet and I loved seeing her thoughts, and what she eventually starts doing, throwing herself way out of her comfort zone for something that she believed in, age has insecurities, about her friends maybe not totally agreeing with her beliefs, she’s worries that they won’t… I think she’s a character that a lot of readers can look up to and strive towards.

I also loved Seth in this novel, ah I loved him so much and his relationship as it develops with Viv, he plays a huge part in this feminism novel, showing that now just girls can be feminists, there were a few times that he annoyed me a little, but he always pulled through, he was such a wholesome guy.

This book is full of girls supporting girls, girls of different cliques and groups coming together for the same goal, setting aside popularity, race and background to do what is right and stand up for the whole female population of their school. I absolutely loved all of the activities and things that they set up for Moxie girls to do, they really warmed my hearty, teasing about all the girls joining in.

I really enjoyed this read, it was fast paced, well written, great characters and develops so well. The ending was brilliant and wrapped the story up perfectly. I can’t wait to watch the movie now, when it comes out! And I’ll definitely be looking into other books like this, if you know any, let me know!

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