eARC Review: Moxie

Moxie is a powerhouse in so many ways. I haven’t read a book in such a short amount of time in quite a while. It was fast paced, relevant, and brought so many things home for me. Jennifer Mathieu did a wonderful job of portraying small town politics, feminism, and friendships among brave young women in this powerful YA Contemporary.

About Moxie

moxie.jpgAn unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Matheiu, author of The Truth About Alice.


Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her small-town Texas high school that thinks 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 mom 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 a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!


My Review

5 Stars

” Go ahead and try us boy…We love to fight back “


Jennifer Mathieu created some great young women in this fierce YA Contemporary set in a small town in Texas where the football games are as important as Sunday family dinners.

Vivian learns quickly that the hallways of her Rockport, Texas high school is filled with grabby handed young men, football players get away with everything, and the dress code is not to be toyed with. I love how brave Vivian is by creating a zine filled with everything a girl would want to say to the institution that is high school. She’s so well written that you can’t help but relate to her, to feel her frustration, and to root for her! She shows that you don’t have to put up with the stereotypes small towns can sometimes impose on you.

As someone from a small town, I didn’t quite fit into what was expected of me. I didn’t have the same beliefs as the majority and sometimes that was disadvantageous to me in social circles. I learned quickly what was more important and that was not to care what others thought of me. I wish I had the bravery Vivian had to speak up.

I also loved the dynamic that Vivian had with her family. I liked that they could trust each other and talk about anything. I enjoyed the people Vivian surrounds herself with because they all support her in her endeavor to show the world that girls do not have to sit back and take unfair treatment! I thought Mathieu did a great job at showing not only girls are involved with Moxie but some of the boys are too!

I would definitely recommend this read to others!!

What have you heard about this slightly controversial book? What other YA book have you read that have some controversy around them? 

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  1. I am a Mathieu fan, and am so glad to hear such good things about this book. I have had it since May, but I am so slow to read my physical books. I like that she tackles the dress code double standard in this book. It was always a pet peeve of mine, that girls are responsible for the behavior of boys. (Suzanne Young contributed a great short story on the dress code issue in Feral Youth, and it was fabulous). Great review!

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    1. Thank you! I haven’t read any of her other books but after reading this one I really want to. I got the eARC and had Siri read it to me. I get through my physical books so slowly.

      The dress code issue wasn’t too bad in my school but other parts of favoritism were.

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    1. Yay! Thank you! I never read synopsis because I like to be surprised. Krysti and I read this as a buddy read. It’s a super quick read and a lot of fun! If you get around to reading it I’d love to hear what you think!!


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