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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.

330 pages, Hardcover

First published September 19, 2017

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About the author

Jennifer Mathieu

15 books1,332 followers
I'm a high school English teacher, writer, wife, and mom who writes books for and about young adults. My novels are MOXIE, THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE, DEVOTED, AFTERWARD, and THE LIARS OF MARIPOSA ISLAND.

My fourth novel MOXIE is a film on Netflix, directed by Amy Poehler!

My sixth novel, BAD GIRLS NEVER SAY DIE, will be out in October 2021. It's a gender-flipped, feminist reimagining of one of my favorite books of all time, THE OUTSIDERS.

All my novels are published by Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan.

My favorite things include chocolate, pepperoni pizza, and this super hilarious 1980s sitcom about four retired women called The Golden Girls. I can basically quote every episode.

I live in Texas with my husband, son, dog, and cat.

When it comes to what I read, I love realistic young adult fiction (duh), creative nonfiction, super scandalous tell-all memoirs and unauthorized biographies, and basically anything that hooks me on the first page.

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Profile Image for Emma Giordano.
316 reviews115k followers
August 13, 2018
I’m going to be very transparent in the fact that I am never going to stop obsessing over this book. So be prepared, especially in the coming months of Moxie’s release, I ain’t shutting up about it.

I absolutely LOVED this book, way more than I anticipated. I originally wasn’t sure when I’d get to it, it just wasn’t high on my TBR, but after a sexist review, I knew I had to make it a priority and boy, did I make the right decision.

I do want to place a content warning for sexual harassment and talk of rape/sexual assault (meaning we don’t necessarily see these events unfold like the sexual harassment spread throughout the book, but I still think it warrants a disclaimer that these sensitive topics are being discussed.)

Moxie is a book that all teens and young adults NEED to read. It should be discussed in academia, it is an extremely important book. I especially want to recommend it to teens looking for empowerment and encouragement to share their voice. This book is getting a lot of hype for being a “feminist YA novel” and while it is entirely true that this is prime feminist literature for teens, I think the ultimate take away is that your voice, no matter how small, no matter how many people you stand against or how powerless you may feel, your voice is stronger. And I think everyone can use that reminder.

I really loved Viv as a main character. I think she’s a very realistic and grounded character. She’s a fighter, she’s passionate, she always stands her ground on a topic she has feelings on, but she also deals with the insecurities of having friends that may not totally agree with you and not wanting to be labeled as someone who creates problems or goes against the group. She is articulate in her arguments, always able to get her point across in a non-patronizing, elegant way (I could learn a thing or two from her). I think she’s someone a lot of readers can look up to and strive towards. She definitely is fit to lead this feminist revolution at East Rockport High.

I also really enjoyed Seth, who is the new boy and love interest in this novel (I didn’t originally expect there to be a romance, but it is a very small part of the story and definitely does not overtake the main message.) Seth is a very understanding person, always willing to listen and do better. I think he and Viv have one of the healthiest YA relationships because even though they may argue and unintentionally hurt the other, they are willing to talk it out and do better in the future. Seth learns about Viv’s efforts to change the sexism in her school early on, and he really cares that it’s something she is passionate about! He definitely has his slip ups where he just doesn’t understand due to not experiencing the sexism that the girls in his classes have, but when Viv takes the time to explain, *he listens and learns.* This book definitely tackles male privilege and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of my reading friends who are men are uncomfortable while reading this, but I think that’s why it’s so beneficial to a variety of populations. One of my favorite scenes is when Viv wants to help spread “Moxie” to the boys in their school, but he is actually the one to suggest that it should be a space just for girls, and he understands fully when Viv confirms it (Yes, Kirkus reviews, I AM looking dead at your for spreading a false narrative of men being excluded from the feminist efforts in this story, especially since they are important figures in this movement by the end.) In my opinion, Seth is a really good guy focused on learning more about other’s experiences

Of course, my favorite part of this novel was ALL THE FEMINISM. This book is full of girls supporting girls, girls of different cliques coming together for the same goals, girls learning more about what it means to be a feminist and why it is important to stand with each other instead of against. In saying this, I’m not trying to suggest that feminism is “only for women” (which I discuss below) but I’m so happy to have a novel of girls working with other girls that readers can look up to. Despite all the sexism and harassment in the book, I got nothing but fluffy feels from all the “Moxie” activities going on like tackling unfair dress codes, bake sales and art sales to raise funds for girls sports, and just generally seeing the spark ignite within all these teens.

I am also pleased that this book does tackle the privilege of white women regarding feminist issues. We do have a few POC who play a role in this movement (I think one is black and one is latinx if I am remembering correctly) and they definitely explain to Viv how even though she is experiencing sexism like them, it’s entirely different for her being a white girl. I really appreciate the efforts to make the distinction of how some women are at a greater disadvantage within the general sexism of society.

If you couldn’t tell, I loved this book. It is a fast-paced, CRUCIAL read that I hope you all give a chance. When I get some extra cash, I definitely will be giving away some pre-orders because I want this book in your hands *that* much. I’d highly highly recommend it to readers of all ages who are looking to be represented, looking to learn, or looking to be empowered. I honestly feel this book has the power to change lives, and I know it has left an impact on mine. Moxie is out September 19th, so please either pre-order it or reserve it at your local library!

I received a copy of this book for free from Macmillan at Book Expo 2017. I had no> obligation to review this book and all opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Elle (ellexamines).
1,096 reviews17.7k followers
November 30, 2017
In light of Kirkus' gross review of this, an added paragraph. I do not at all agree that this book “drives away male allies.” Given the content of the book Kirkus was referring to, I am of the opinion that this is a really gross opinion. If you think “calling out a person who's victim-blaming a rape survivor” is the same as “driving away male allies”, please consider blocking me.

This isn't even an accurate concern. The dude we're referring too, the main character's boyfriend, is given a chance to learn from his gross comments and begin working through his own misogyny. God, I don't even know if I would've given someone a chance to redeem themselves from some of the things said in this book. No, the main character does not consider it acceptable that her boyfriend implies rape is the victim's fault. You know why she's not okay with that? Because it's a gross belief and it's not one anyone should accept in a boyfriend.

I'm trying to be sympathetic to other opinions here, but Kirkus' review is not a different opinion on a book or a different viewpoint on how feminism works. It's an ideology, and it's a fucking terrible one. It is perfectly acceptable to dislike this book - we all like and dislike stuff - but the fact that you don't give a shit about rape victims, whether they be men or women, isn't one of them. Thanks.


Okay, basic premise: A bunch of girls join together to protest sexism at their school. The book starts out without a ton of character depth, with the obvious feminist girl and the obvious naysayer girl and the obvious boyfriend. The book proceeds to smack down all of your expectations for how this is going to play out. The best friend isn't vilified for not starting out as an ardent feminist. The boyfriend's occasional problematic actions are called out in a really healthy way. Even the obvious popular girl who loves dating and guys gets a character arc and isn't slutshamed.

I kind of love how unapologetically feminist this book is. The author touches on a lot of different feminist topics, and even mentions how those topics intersect with lgbt issues and with racism. I was expecting the book to be very one-dimensional dealing with those topics. But this book was better than that. There are characters who do sexist things despite trying their best, other characters call them out, and they grow and change. Yay for second chances and character development. I have to say, I would've appreciate a bit more actual intersectionality, rather than characters just talking about it. But in general, that aspect of the book was great.

Aside from discussing the basic premise and etc etc etc, everything about this is solid contemporary material. The characters are well-drawn with good arcs, although none of them resonated with me in any particular way. The romance is sweet, the plot is interesting, the writing is quite compelling... I don't have anything amazing to say and I don't have anything particularly bad to say. What made this book stand out to me was the interesting and non-stereotypical dialogue around feminism.

I would like to add a trigger warning for a lot of gross things being said about rape victims, which are called out, obviously.

Do you want to read this yet? Because I loved it, and I hope everyone else will too. And of course, if you get an arc of this please check the blurbs on page one, because I'm quoted!!

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Profile Image for Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin.
3,535 reviews9,953 followers
June 27, 2020
UPDATE: $2.99 on kindle US today 6/27/20

This book was totally amazing! I was in tears near the end with all of the girls standing up together. They were there for each other, girls from all walks of life to stand up against those that try to make them something they are not, for trying to push them into corners to go along with things that shouldn't be. This book is all powerful in its own way.

Viv is a girl that goes to high school like your normal teen. She lives with her mom, her dad died when she was young, her grandparents live next door, she has friends, life is pretty okay. Not so much at school. The school is run by the star football players and they get away with everything. Mitchell Wilson is the leader of the pack and his father is the Principle of the school, so he gets away with even more. The football team gets all the money while other parts of the school are in the dark ages.

But one day, Viv has had enough. When a new girl named Lucy is trying to answer a question in class and Mitchell makes a comment that sends Viv on a quest to end this crap.

Viv gets the idea to start a zine called Moxie from reading through her moms old stuff in a box. Her mom was pretty hard core when she was younger.

Viv designs pages and makes copies of them and puts them in the girls bathrooms. There are some cool pictures in the book but I won't share them until I get my physical copy when it comes out in case something changes.

Moxie slowly starts a revolution. A revolution of girls to not be shamed, or groped, or raped, or pushed to the side. This movement causes girls that would have never talked to each other to be friends and to stick up for one another. They even do bake sales and stuff so the girls soccer team can have new uniforms. It's so freaking uplifting that all I can say is read the book and find out for yourselves.

The idea of girls coming together as friends and not being jealous or petty is fantastic!

And in this small town having a movement like this and going against the higher ups in the school is something everyone should do if they are living in a corrupt area. A principle pushing attempted rape and other things aside like they are nothing is not something that needs to let go by the wayside.

The book made me feel good inside. And the author left some websites for people to look at for different groups. I love it!

There is also a love interest for Viv in the book. His name is Seth and even though some don't think this should be a book for romance I have to disagree. I loved Seth and I think the placement of a hot high school guy that doesn't think like the jerks was a great thing. It didn't take away from the book, it was just there along with the other norms of life.

Mel ♥

*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book.*

MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List
Profile Image for Caz (littlebookowl).
302 reviews40.2k followers
January 21, 2018
I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone! It is so empowering and heartwarming to see these high school girls banding together to fight back against the sexism they face on a daily basis.


Content warning: sexual assault, rape
Profile Image for Camila Ochoa.
119 reviews6,280 followers
May 5, 2021

reseña por venir~~~
Profile Image for destiny ♡ howling libraries.
1,743 reviews5,283 followers
October 24, 2017
"This is what it means to be a feminist. Not a humanist or an equalist or whatever. But a feminist. It's not a bad word. After today it might be my favorite word. Because really all it is is girls supporting each other and wanting to be treated like human beings in a world that's always finding ways to tell them they're not."

A book about a teen girl coming into her own as a feminist and learning how to fight back against the patriarchy and rape culture? ... do you think I could have clicked "request" on this ARC any faster than I did?

At Vivian's high school, she's used to certain things being fact: the football players get away with everything, dress codes only affect girls, and sexual harassment is just part of everyday life. When Vivian starts to delve into her mother's Riot Grrrl past, however, she realizes maybe things don't have to be this way - so she forms Moxie, an anonymous school 'zine that invites other girls to band together and fight back.

"Riot Grrrls were into feminism, obviously, but up until this moment in the gym I didn't think of them as feminists so much as super cool girls who took no shit."

- This is, in a nutshell, a YA contemporary about feminism, and that's a topic that most authors aren't willing to touch with a ten-foot pole. Not only does Jennifer Mathieu tackle the issue, she does it with finesse and smoothness.

- INTERSECTIONALITY! Vivian is given a firsthand lesson in the problematic aspects of "white feminism" and learns how to take the extra steps needed to ensure complete inclusion of all women (not just the white girls).

- Growth and development. When we first start the story, Vivian has a few problematic views on things, but she is open to listening and learning. There are even a few times where she admits to bristling a little over things she is taught, but she quickly puts her knee-jerk reactions aside and listens.

We also watch several other characters grow a lot - as in the case with Viv's best friend, who turns her nose up at the thought of feminism in the beginning of the book, but as she learns more about the movement, she steadily becomes more open-minded until she is finally proud to call herself a feminist, too.

- When Viv first starts creating the Moxie 'zines and working towards dismantling the school's patriarchal system, she's so gung-ho about it that she tends to fly off the handle whenever anyone says anything incorrect. I think a lot of feminists have been in her shoes (I know I have, and it took me a few years to learn that I don't have to get angry at every person who hasn't been educated).

While the book doesn't promote turning the other cheek regarding people who willfully ignore sexism (or any other relevant -ism), it does promote giving people the chance to learn and grow, and that is so important! Rome wasn't built in a day, guys, and you can't undo a lifetime of indoctrination in one conversation, but when people are making an effort to learn, the most helpful thing we can do is give them a healthy chance.

- Moxie addresses rape culture head on. So many people don't realize how many ways rape culture affects our day-to-day lives, and I was delighted to watch Vivian not only come to realize how much it affected her and her friends, but to watch her fight back against it. There's even an aspect where she touches on the fact that men, regardless of their stance on feminism, cannot fully comprehend what women go through, and I swear, I almost put the book down to applaud Jennifer Mathieu for having the guts to go there.

"I'm totally sure he's not doing it on purpose, but Seth is a guy, and he can't ever know what it feels like to walk down a hallway and know that you're getting judged for the size of your ass or how big your boobs are. He'll never understand what it's like to second guess everything you wear and how you sit and walk and stand in case it doesn't attract the right kind of attention or worse, attracts the wrong kind. He'll never get how scary and crazy-making it is to feel like you belong to some big Boy Monster that decides it can grab you and touch you and rank you whenever and however it wants."

My only complaint about this book - and the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 - is that the story itself relies so heavily on the feminist aspect that the parts in between, where we're just focusing on Viv's daily life, friendships, romance, etc., fall short a little. The writing felt very young at times, and I actually had to remind myself several times that Viv was a junior in high school, because a lot of her wording and inner monologues just felt more like they were coming from a 14- or 15-year-old, at most.

Is this book flawless as a contemporary? No. It's a little mediocre on the story-telling aspect. Is this book a brilliant and fun example of what feminism is intended to be, however? Absolutely! Whether you consider yourself a feminist or not, I feel like everyone could learn something from this book - and you might even be surprised by how hard some of the quotes hit home.

Thank you to NetGalley and Roaring Brook Press for the ARC! All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

You can also find this review on my blog here!
Profile Image for Tatiana.
1,406 reviews11.7k followers
July 16, 2019
A little quiz.

1) A guy who repeatedly yells to you "Make me a sandwich!" and wears a t-shirt with the words "Nice legs, when do they open"? is:

a) bad
b) good
c) I don't know

2) Who should be punished for breaking school dress code: a girl who wears a scoop-neck shirt or a guy who wears a t-shirt with a big arrow pointing to bellow his waist and words "Free Breathalyzer Test Blow Here"?

a) boy
b) girl
c) I don't know

3) What should a high school principal do when a girl reports being sexually assaulted by a boy in a school hallway?

a) take this issue very seriously, investigate thoroughly and punish the boy accordingly
b) tell the girl to take it as a compliment and move on with her life
c) I don't know.

If you've answered b) or c) to any of these questions, "Moxie" is the book for you. Otherwise, you may be too old to read it.

I don't want to knock it, but this novel has very little adult crossover appeal, IMO. It's the most basic feminist YA story and may educate a 12-year old who is not yet weary of bluntness and absence of nuance.

P.S. Reasonable adults are nowhere to be seen in this narrative. Again.
Profile Image for Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen).
425 reviews1,641 followers
October 3, 2018
4 Stars

“…a feminist. It’s not a bad word. After today it might be my favorite word. Because really all it is is girls supporting each other and wanting to be treated like human beings in a world that’s always finding ways to tell them they’re not.”

Okay, I’ll admit it. I was so nervous about reading this. I absolutely consider myself a feminist, but I also think writing a fiction book about a political/social movement is tricky. It’s very easy to lose focus on the characters and story—or even worse, end up with a bunch of weak, stereotypes that exist only to promote the primary message.

Not the case here.

The character’s aren’t just a teaching tool to talk about feminism. Feminism is a teaching tool for the characters. Our MC, Vivian, has a fully-formed character arc that works in conjunction with the plot as she ‘accidentally’ starts a feminist club at her school. It all worked very well together to give us an awesome story about change and revolution.

Speaking of, none of the characters were stereotypes. Nothing was condensed down to black-or-white. The character’s weren’t divided into ‘good feminist’ and some ‘bad other,’ but instead, allowed to be flawed and dynamic—just like real people. Vivian’s best-friend has reservations about using the word feminism, Vivian’s love interest (who self-identifies as a feminist) still holds some problematic views—Vivian herself makes judgments and holds opinions that are questionable, and discussed as she matures. There was more focus on growth, than shaming anyone.

Female friendship is still all too rare in YA, and this book has it in spades. Each chapter is filled with girls supporting, laughing, debating, and learning from each-other. I especially appreciated how Vivian’s friendship with Claudia wasn’t dismissed just because she also befriends the new girl, Lucie. Girls of different races, orientations, classes and walks-of-life not only work together, but revel in their friendships.

My only complaint is that as much as I loved the story, I couldn’t help but feel the writing was a little bland. There was a complete lack of sensory details, and all the descriptions were pretty plain. I understand the story and characters were the front of the story, but I wouldn’t have minded a little more oomph to draw me in, ya know?

Also, it’s not that ‘make-me-a-sandwich’ jokes are rare (god help us) but there’s an instance where a boy interrupts a girl just to say the punchline? It didn’t feel very organic, and felt even more off in a book so grounded in realism.

In Conclusion

Really fun, really empowering contemporary where the character’s and their relationships are the focus to open awesome discussions about feminism. Some of my favorite quotes:

“I’ve never thought about it like that. That a white girl always wins.”
“Well no offense,” sas Kiera, eyeing me, “but you’re white, so you wouldn't have.”

“And you telling me not all guys are like that doesn’t really help me feel better. Because some guys are like that. A lot of them, actually.”

“Making girls monitor their behavior and their appearance because boys are supposedly unable to control themselves? That is one of the oldest fucking tricks in the book.”

“It’s like I’m living in a feminist fantasy,” Lucy says. “But it can’t be a complete fantasy, because Roxane Gay isn’t here.”

Anyway, this review is like 34 years late, but this was a buddy read with the one who doesn't appreciate my mango jokes.
Profile Image for may ➹.
494 reviews2,070 followers
May 21, 2020
super important messages, made me angry but also smile, & reminds everyone about the power of one girl’s voice against the patriarchy!!!

(also, this is my third YA book ever that I’ve read in one day. hell yeah)

// buddy read with birthday girl!!! 🎉
Profile Image for emma.
1,869 reviews54.6k followers
February 27, 2019
first half of this book: boring boring boring contemporary boring high school boring everything boring meh

second half of this book: FEMINIST CITY INTERSECTIONAL GLORY GIRLS BEING GIRLS TOGETHER AND BRINGING EACH OTHER UP FOR LIFE I LOVE IT and also a fair bit more making out than is my ideal

Basically, if I could delete the first 150 pages of this and also the entire romance subplot from the whole thing, this would be a five star read. And also like 20 pages long. So as is, it's not perfect for me.

What is perfect are two final scenes that I will put in spoiler tags here so I can yell about them without anyone yelling at me:

Unfortunately, while I loved those two (2) moments a whole lot, I really didn't like a lot of other stuff. Like that STUPID ROMANCE and how BORING AND SLOW most of it was. Like, if you're writing a feminist book and it takes a while to get to the feminist part......maybe speed it up.

So this wasn't a perfect book for me. But it did have perfect parts!!!

Bottom line: Life is complicated!! Also, yay feminism!!!!


list of things i need right now:

1) a good dose of feminism
2) to sleep for a hundred hours
3) see number one
Profile Image for Whitney Atkinson.
940 reviews14k followers
January 5, 2018
This book was so touching. I love the fire and passion of all the characters about justice, and I think it's such an important narrative. The fact that the love interest identified as a feminist was enough to bring tears to my eyes. And I also love how this touches on the fact that feminism isn't perfect and people who try to help still makes mistakes. I wish 16 year old me could have read this and been inspired, so it's my only hope that girls that age will really internalize this.

My only two complaints were only minor hindrances to my reading experience. Firstly, the word "totally" is overused to a noticable and embarrassing degree. Secondly, this requires a bit of suspension of disbelief. I went to school in conservative Texas where strict dress codes are upheld and boys make nasty comments, but some parts of this just seemed over the edge unrealistic. Sometimes it was the boys being able to get away with obviously crude things, and sometimes it was the girls' reactions to it. I hate to say it, but I think this reads a bit like an idealized version of how a perfect world would fight back and treat sexists. In reality, I couldn't envision this many girls realistically rallying behind the purpose of Moxie, especially in the conversative south. That being said, I like how enthusiastically and passionate these girls were portrayed, even though it nagged at me that I couldn't see anything similar happening in my school or anywhere near me.
Profile Image for Joce (squibblesreads).
237 reviews4,888 followers
October 12, 2017
3.75 stars (maybe 3.5 if I decide to weigh the issue I speak about more heavily)
I enjoyed this, and I wish there'd been more books like this when I was a teen!
My favorite parts were the shoutout to Roxane Gay (woohoo!), the depiction of the small town, and the portrayal of the different ways the adult men at the school were particularly shitty and how the power dynamic played into it. I also loved how Viv's relationship with her mom wasn't necessarily perfect, and that some things were out of her control, and how that affected her. Lucy is also a badass, and I'd love to have been a Lucy when I was in high school.
The critique I have is that even though I know it was set in a small town and there may not be much diversity in the population to begin with, there were some POC side characters that had very obvious "side character" roles, and I am pretty sure the protag is an allo cis het Caucasian girl. I would have loved for this story to center on a girl who was not entirely of the dominant discourse, and some more inclusion, particularly mention of disability, neurodiversity, gender identity, and sexuality.
The author mentioned that she wanted Moxie to be more inclusive than Riot Grrls, and mentioned intersectional feminism in her afterword and acknowledgements, so I know it is important to her and she is aware of it, but that inclusion would have been great to see within the book itself.
It seemed like the feminist issues discussed in the book were ONLY about gender, and not about the different ways that gender can interact with race, sexuality, disability, neurodiversity, etc. So while it did acknowledge the presence and weight of intersectionality, it did not incorporate it as much as necessary, or at all. There is never any situation where gender exists in a vacuum the way it seemed like it did in this book. Including POC as an entity by itself does not make the addressing of feminist issues intersectional at all; in fact I would argue that this engages in some erasure (albeit probably unintentionally) and was unsatisfying. I saw a quote once that asked “if feminism is not intersectional, is it really feminism?” and that is definitely a question I was asking for the duration of this book.
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1,208 reviews19.7k followers
December 9, 2017
I pretty much inhaled this book. What an amazing story on what it means to be a feminist. I loved that it surrounded young girls fighting for their rights. For equality. For calling bullshit on the status quo. For empowering themselves and others to speak up and beautifully supporting each other.

What's even better is that more and more YA books are coming out that speak on issues that matter. It teaches the reader a lot and they're such great stories to find inspiration from. Heck, I'm 26 and I want to scream FUCK YES because of how well it deals with misogyny and sexism.
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557 reviews1,150 followers
August 2, 2017
This is my new favourite book. Full of feminism, girls supporting girls and taking action against injustice. Everything about this is just so powerful! It makes me want to stand up and cheer and fight back just like the Riot Grrrls would.

I loved how Viv didn't feel any ownership over the Moxie movement because in the end it belonged to all girls. I'd get so excited when a new girl was added to the team and the way the book spreads such a positive message about intersectional feminism. Viv, Lucy, Claudia, Emma and Keira are my new girl gang inspirations!

Amy Poehler needs to make this film happen ASAP because the world needs it and Moxie fills me with the same joy as 'Pride' and 'Made in Dagenham', two of my all time fave films about positive social change.
Profile Image for Tan Markovic.
350 reviews138 followers
March 18, 2019
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Gutted I can only rate this 5/5 stars.
Wow. That book made me so happy.
The entire book was amazing, however, the last few chapters were SO powerful.
Did anyone else want to be a part of Moxie from start to finish and still do?

The book focuses on how powerful girls can be when they unite against the daily BULLSHIT girls have to go through rather than turn against each other and how you don't have to be loud to be heard. I'm glad the author didn't just involve girls in Moxie and that there were a handful of boys who were willing to support and participate in the movement.

There needs to be more books like this, or I just need to find them, or someone needs to suggest them to me!

A must read for everyone.
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745 reviews573 followers
December 3, 2017
Moxie Girls Fight Back! ALL OF THE STARS FOR YOU!

Really all it is, is girls supporting each other and wanting to be treated like human beings in a world that's finding ways to tell them they're not.

Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault

If I could just stand up and applaud this book. IT IS AMAZING. In the last 30 pages I could of cried at just how proud I am of all the girls (and some boys) at the awful awful school! I can safely say that I identify as a Feminist, and sometimes this word can be seen as something entirely different to what it is... which isn't the case. It's not about hating men, it's simply being seen as an equal. I think what was so well done is that it wasn't just about this, but the issue of race representation was brought into this... and I LOVED it. It's so refreshing to see actual girl power, and all uniting. There's no bitchyness it's just them all coming together for something they believe in!

Vivian is our leading lady, she's such a strong character! We see her beginning to question how things are done at her school when the guys on the football team seem to get away with anything they want. It's like come on now! We see her grow from strength to strength. We see how she can be insecure and not always able to voice her opinion, however we see her fight for what she believes in and how passionate she is with this. It was one of those moments I was literally like "you go girl!". She's everything I want in one of my leading ladies!

Special shout out to Lucy, I can't get over how much I loved her character. I honestly can't. She was so strong willed and so passionate about everything, trying to bring in things from her previous school, how she was so happy to help other people. She also pointed out issues with race and stood her ground to help other people.

We also have Seth, the love interest of Vivian. Now I know he's not perfect. HOWEVER he actually learns and with that that he understands things that he may not have known before. He offers his support and is understanding of WHY it's important!

What I liked?
- I really liked Vivians Meemaw and Grandpa, I know they were set in there ways, but it was honestly so relatable to my nana and grandad, it was just so cute!
- Vivians mum is all for Girl Power!
- The zines we got to see
- Just how it actually made me feel, I could feel myself getting riled up, and you know you care about something when a book makes you want to step in the pages and have your own say on things.

What I didn't like?
- The fucking headteacher and his son, "take it as a compliment" my arseeeee!
(but this is also key to the story, just me getting het up)

Overall I recommend this to anyone and everyone, it's books like this that NEED to be in schools. It makes it easier to talk about issues that people can face that are often just brushed off. I loved this so much, and I honestly think this book will stay with me for a long time!

I want to paint stars and hearts on my hand and be like MOXIE!
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608 reviews36 followers
September 27, 2017
I knew exactly what I was getting into.

I knew that.

I knew this book was going to be "Why Feminism is DA BEST THING EVAR and Boys Are Icky Yucky Sexist Dudebro Pigs". I knew that.

So why did I decide to read it?

Fuck if I know. I guess I just like watching train-wrecks.

So let me just outline some highlights- in no particular order- with a reminder that I am a woman, and therefore are especially fucking bothered by some of this shit:

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502 reviews417 followers
April 20, 2021
Ahahahaha, no.

(Please bear in mind that Booksy was very irate, annoyed, vexed, infuriated, galled... um... add other synonyms of 'angry' here, porfavor. So we attribute all crazy-sounding spiels to that self. Thank you, and we hope you enjoy this very poor, and very not professional production. Aka, ranting)

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐ 4.1

Feminism: the advocacy of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.

You can still be a feminist and think that guys are decent.
You can still be a feminist and be soft-spoken
You can still be a feminist and be shy
You can still be a feminist and love pink
You can still be a feminist and have soft hair
You can still be a feminist and scream all that your heart desires
You can still be a feminist and listen to music made by guys
You can still be a feminist!

That's what I wanted to tell all the characters in this book.

Being a feminist doesn’t come to rules about appearances. Moxie was not perfect for me because of this small inconsistency. It mentioned girls who loved big hair and punk and yelling (which I totally support because I do all three of those things). It described women who were strong and loud in their views (which I completely and wholeheartedly admire). But it encompasses so much more than that.

Being a feminist doesn’t mean hating the male population. Actually, a lot of them are awesome, amazing, and utterly cool! You don’t have to dislike the good ones just because they don’t understand the complete struggle.

Because how could they? Right? Some of them might have experienced harassment one way or another, so why should we exclude them because they don’t understand? Men can be feminists too.

I think that’s one of the more prominent thoughts that invaded my mind throughout this book. I loved the representation and shining a light on so many horrible things that happen nowadays. But according to Moxie. There aren’t that many good guys. And that exasperated me just a tad.

Trying to speak from experience (hehehe, me, speaking from experience. I sound 90 years old), when I was younger, I loved playing with the boys in the park. And I like to think that they liked playing with me too. We were united, I guess. I don’t know if it was because I was bigger than most, or taller than a lot, but we got along wonderfully. I had the privilege of growing up without apparent sexism in my life, and I’m lucky. I truly get that. And I’m so sorry for girls and guys who grew up in such places in which being harassed is normal and even ignored. Because that should not even exist.

The plot of this novel is very much the latter of the mentioned above. I loved it and was absolutely furious at the same time, because it is so unfair. Such a crappy idea that still exists, such a disgusting view that still persists nowadays. I really don’t know if this book exaggerated the worst of this topic. But I know that whatever includes everything or even just a speck of what was represented, is not right! It is not right to assault someone, it is definitely not right to make them feel less than.

The writing was definitely awkward at times, implying a few overused phrases that were impossible to miss, but it got the message across as pungently and honest as it could’ve ever done it. I still disliked some parts but overall, it didn't annoy me much.

Characters in this story would be difficult to describe because I didn’t completely understand them.

The MC was meant to be this icon, no? But at times, she came off as judgmental and short-sighted. Being too defensive and rude, definitely too quickly. Especially towards her boyfriend. I imagine that she didn’t mean it that way, perhaps I could’ve been a little more lenient from judging her myself. However, I believe that she should've been able to see the other side of the equation as well, but I really don’t want to get into that out of fear of offending anybody. She created Moxie, her bravery was an amazing surprise. I truly loved her character development, although glossed over, it made me not hate her as much. *snort* Wow, such an improvement.

Now, this fact left me gobsmacked and confuzzled as heck.

The love interest was a good addition to the story and represented that not all the members of the male species are awful jerks. Which, helloooooo, there definitely should’ve been more of!! Gah, there I go, getting all angry and ish. Calmness. Calminissitiness be blessed upon you.
He was nice, kind, gentle, and a great boyfriend, till about halfway through. Again, *cracks knuckles* NOT ALL GUYS HAVE TO BE BAD. And I believe it with my whole soul because we're in a modern society. This guy didn't have to be made as naive as was represented, because a lot of them are actually aware of the problems. But I actually understand why it was done. Annoyed. But understood it as well.

The rest of the cast was vivid and actually made me want to know more of them. I still hold true to the fact that Lucy should've been the MC. Yep, still holding onto that. The reality of what most of them went through made me appreciate them all the more.

Now, hahaha (there's always a cackle somewhere in my review, I swear), Mitchell and The Idiots.

I just have a little to say about them because frankly, I get too riled up with this kind of stuff to be able to function without using caps all the time.

That's my question.
Why act like that?
Do you need attention? Someone, to make you a 'sandwich' because you're too incapable of doing it yourselves?
Is that why your sexism is as normal as breathing?
*whispering* Because you grew up thinking you were worth the world and were furious when you found out that you weren't even worth a care?

Hm, I will never understand the lack of common sense, brain activity, and breath-wasting ability all of you seem capable of having since birth. *sigh* It truly amazes me how you think that any of it will help you get the help you need to get over your humongous ego. And lack of IQ, of course.

Just remember this one, eh? Every girl and guy you put down, in such an ever-changing society...
Will watch you burn and let your ego fizzle out to nothing.

*cleans hands* Haha, that got a little away from me back there. It just made me furious, I think. Yeah, perhaps so.

On a closing note, I want to say that this was a very enjoyable read (which got me out of the gosh-forsaken reading slump which somehow seems to come back clingier than ever). There were plenty of things which I agreed with and a magnitude of others which I didn't. Alas, I shall admit that I'm no genius in this sort of topic. There were a lot of things I think shouldn't have been forgotten as quickly as they were, however, this was an enthralling story about girls fighting back against a system that was made to destroy their voices. And I relished that quite a bit.

Disclaimer: Any and all opinions said up there are my own, and please feel free to call me out for any errors or any offensive comments, so I can get right on it and get it fixed!

I'll leave off with a final message from Angry Booksy (I thought I had typed Angry birds twice. Be that a testament to my bad brain skillz) which I'm too lazy to actually edit off. *snickering*

Lady: a polite or formal way of referring to a woman.
a woman of good social position.

It doesn't say to be silent
It doesn't say to be passive
it doesn't say to be quiet
it doesn't say to make you a dang sandwich

Do it your darn self if you want it so much.
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46 reviews1,840 followers
June 5, 2021
Ser mujer y adolescente hoy en día es muy difícil, en muchos aspectos. Y gracias a este libro pude diferenciarlos y llenarme de muchos más argumentos al respecto.

Brevemente, Moxie, cuenta la historia de Vivian. Una joven de 16 años que vive en una ciudad chica de Texas, que se encuentra harta de lo machistas que son sus compañeros, su director y la institución a la que asiste en sí. Mediante el descubrimiento que realiza sobre las Riot Grrrls y el feminismo en los 90, comienza con el proyecto Moxie, alentando a las estudiantes mujeres a hacer frente a las injusticias y desigualdades de género que viven y presencian todos los días.

Como libro, tiene mucho potencial y un desarrollo increíble. Hubo partes que me parecieron un poco densas o no bien llevadas a cabo, lo que hacía de la lectura algo pesada en momentos. Pero quitando esos imperfectos, fue genial de principio a fin. Te plantea situaciones que como mujeres y jóvenes vivimos todos los días. Cómo los chicos nos clasifican según nuestros “atributos”, cómo se nos dicen comentarios desubicados, cómo nos ven como un objeto a la disposición del hombre, y muchas cosas más.

Por ende, invito a todAs a poder leer y disfrutar de esta historia, que podría ser la de muchas. No tiene una edad específica, pero creo que +13 sería excelente, ya que pueden haber cosas que no se entiendan o dimensionen.

Sin más que decir, queda más que claro que lo recomiendo y que me gusto mucho. Sigamos haciendo frente a este mundo patriarcal del que no nos quieren dejar ser parte.

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249 reviews512 followers
June 24, 2018
so i basically felt nothing but annoyed :)
ready to feel empowered, angry, and everything in between
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269 reviews35 followers
November 22, 2021
Moxie stole my heart! I was cheering on the Moxie girls from the very beginning - Moxie girls fight back! The main character, Vivian, is smart start, observant and inspired to make a change in her small Texas town. It’s a story that plagues the US – boys are worth more than girls. The Moxie girls want to radically change this perspective. I can relate to this book on multiple levels even though I graduated in 1998, high schools haven’t changed. They cater to male athletes and minimalize women by enforcing a ridiculous dress code.

I can’t wait to watch this book come to life on Netflix!

UPDATE: The book is way better than the movie. But the movie is worth a watch 👀
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666 reviews414 followers
November 13, 2021
I LOVED the message and the Moxie parts, but boy, the romance was so weak and unnecessary. It actually took away from the whole experience.

If you're looking for a similar book, try The Nowhere Girls. It was really good.
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1,225 reviews949 followers
March 24, 2018
Moxie is a powerful story of feminism, girls supporting girls and standing up for yourself, your friends and those whose voices are hushed. It was a story full of badass, empowering, strong women and equally strong friendships pulling together to fight the good fight. The writing was easy to read, the characters were instantly likeable and the relationships, whether in a romantic, platonic or family sense, were wonderful to follow. My only criticism is that, although it is discussed in places and not ignored entirely, this book very much centred around one strain of feminism e.g. through that of a white, allocishet gaze. There were a few small discussions of race due to a handful of POC side characters but other than that, the feminism portrayed wasn’t wholly intersectional. However, I thoroughly enjoyed each and every page of this book and finished it feeling a sense of pride for the feminists out there, both loud and quiet, who are pushing themselves to fight for what’s right.
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545 reviews801 followers
July 8, 2017
I feel so honored that I have the ability to review this book early! I received this from my local bookstore and I could not be more grateful (:

YAY YAY YAY THIS BOOK PREACH IT! I haven't felt this empowered since I saw Wonder Woman xD

Ok let's start at the beginning of my journey with this book shall we? I was first exposed to Moxie when a firestorm of hype surrounded it because of a review calling this book anti male and all that. To be perfectly honest with you all, that made me slightly hesitant to pick up this book. I consider myself a feminist, but I didn't want to read anything... insane, you know?

Having read it I'd like to make a little PSA: THIS. BOOK. IS. NOT. ANTI. MALE!! How that was even interpreted... I have no idea...but I suppose everyone is entitled to their own opinion. This book actually deals with anti male thoughts and ideas VERY WELL. It was handled in a flawless, beautiful way. Were some guys looked down simply because they were guys? Yes... but the book explains why that is in a reasonable way and those negative male feelings are pretty much resolved by the end. To me, that is the opposite of anti male. But again, everyone is entitled to believe different things.

Okay, now that that mini rant is over let's get into more things I loved about this book. As I mentioned at the beginning. THIS BOOK WAS EMPOWERING AS HELL. I found myself wanting to stand up and protest right there in my living room. And I especially loved how the main characters in this book didn't start out being incredibly empowering. They slowly developed into kickass rebels and I loved that. As soon as I finished this book I ran and drew hearts and stars on my hands and it felt amazing (: (A form in which the girls protest at first).

I also thought this book was really realistic. The sexist things that happen to these girls are 100% real and watching people naturally push back against that was really great to see.

I think Moxie is such an important book in today's culture. It's extremely informative and deals with feminism in an excellent way. No matter who you are, whether you are a feminist or not, even if you are a girl or not, I strongly believe that everyone should read this book. I know many people who would run and hide at the word feminist but this story shines a light on the entire movement and explains alot. It makes the word feminist a lot less scary and a whole lot more badass.

Now, there were a few things that I didn't absolutely love about this (hence not a full 5 stars). For one, the story dragged a bit toward the middle and I found myself having to push to get over it. Also, the characters were not my absolute favs. I think if this book was a bit longer I could have connected better with the characters much more. But, as it was, they all were sorta eh for me. But that's mostly just a me thing!

Overall, Moxie made me laugh and tear up in joy and heartbreak and I think it will stick with me for quite sometime. What the story represents is incredibly important and I implore you to pick this one up come September. These words NEED to be read by everyone, regardless of who you are!

Let's start a revolution ;)
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745 reviews3,401 followers
February 10, 2021

Increíble. Poderoso. Necesario.

Si soy honesto, decidí leer este libro solamente porque va a salir la película y me gusta ser de esos que leen los libros antes. Lo vi en promoción y aproveché. Ese día pasaron dos cosas: Utilicé una super ganga y encontré un libro que me encantó demasiado.

Moxie es una historia de poder femenino y con un gran corazón de fuego. Vemos a nuestra protagonista Vivvy luchar contra las injusticias de género en su escuela y poco a poco las demás chicas se le van uniendo para comenzar una revolución; una que era necesaria.

En pocas palabras, Moxie es una carta de amor al feminismo, a las chicas que están cansadas de quedarse calladas y al valor y pasión que se necesita para luchar contra el sístema. Como claro está, yo no puedo hablar respecto a muchos de estos temas porque no es mi lugar, pero si puedo decir que este me abrió los ojos a muchas cuestiones y que, además, considero es muy bueno dándote las bases de este movimiento si es que no estás del todo enterado.

La única razón por la que no le doy 5 estrellas es porque tuve muchos problemas con la narración. Había secciones en el libro donde me parecía demasiado sencilla, infantil incluso, y en alguna ocasiones simplemente mala . Estoy dispuesto a darle el bemeficio de la duda y decir que puede que haya sido problema de la traducción y edición en español, pero aun así, en lo que es Moxie en general, fue un detalle mínimo y puedo decir que lo voy a dejar pasar.

Este es de esos libros que veo siendo enseñado en las escuelas, para gente de todas las edades. Es una historia empoderadora; una que sin duda siento es indispensable para todas, todos y todes. De hecho quiero hacer que mi hermana lo lea, porque sé que es una historia la cuál puede gustarle mucho, además de que espero pueda ser un reconforte para ella. Sin más que decir, todos deberían leer este libro. TODOS.
April 14, 2021
I'm going to be absolutely clear here: This book was a riot! I only wish I'd read it sooner. So, thanks awfully Netflix for reminding me to sort myself out and finally get to it.

I went in blindly here. I knew it was a book based on feminism, and girls standing up to sexist pigs, but I enjoyed this more than I'd hoped.

I think that school's should have discussions on this book in classrooms, as well as Vagina: A Re-education, I think that would make for an interesting, but yet an important lesson. I've heard that this is in the YA section, but quite honestly, I think everyone should read it.

This story is primarily all about having a voice, and having the confidence to use that voice, no matter how many people you might be up against. In Moxie, it was girls standing up to to a group of sexist boys, who thought it was a given right to sexually harass them, as well as male teachers controlling what they wore, so they didn't "excite" the boys. I've heard so much shit like this before, and unfortunately, you'll realise, it's still an ongoing issue.

I liked Vivian. I thought she was fearless when she doubted herself, and that, is what made her stronger. I thought her romance with Seth was slightly rushed, if not a little twee, but, it's teen love, and it is what it is.

I love girls supporting girls, and fighting for something they feel passionate about, and this book just hit the spot.
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430 reviews847 followers
August 13, 2017
Well that was just all around fantastic, wasn't it.

Moxie is powerful and fun, with some seriously strong female friendships. I loved the coming together of the community, and how Viv was applying her feminism to her own relationship. I just wish more had happened between Viv and her mum, there were probably a couple of important conversations waiting to happen. But this book make me proud to be a girl, and I definitely need more Moxie girls in my life!
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1,606 reviews638 followers
March 5, 2021
Original Review July 2018:
Having been a teenager in the 90's, I found so many wonderful references to the Riot Grrrl bands I love screaming off the pages.
I found myself throwing on Bikini Kill, L7, Babes in Toyland, and Jack off Jill to create my soundtrack for this read.
The nostalgia of it all, of course, tugged at my heart strings and had me saying YASSSSS so much.
I did feel a bit old while reading this since I had more in common with Vivian's mom than with Vivian lol.
That's the tragedy of becoming an adult I guess.......though I don't have to get permission to eat ice cream for dinner and can stay up as late as I want. F*ck it, being an adults has it's pros.
The story was amazing! The author was able to make grrrls the focus without denouncing boys as contributors to equality.
I say this for emphasis since I hear the contrary a lot from people, so let me put this out there...
Feminism is not about tearing down boys, it's about making sure EVERYONE is treated equally and with respect.
This book totally encapsulates that!!!
The beauty and ease of her writing was my favourite part....

I will definitely be recommending this to all my chums!!!

Just watched the film adaptation on Netflix and they crushed it!
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222 reviews98 followers
December 10, 2018
There are just some books out there that all people with (and without) a pulse should read, that would clear some massive problems! If I had a son I would shove it in his face and make him read it (but basically I did it with my boyfriend and he really loved this so yeah.. you don't always have to apply force I guess...)
As and english teacher I would put this on all the reading lists because even though I'm a few years older than those characters I loved the message and just everything about this book!
The only thing that disappointed me a little bit was the writing style - the characters talked sometimes just, like, so stupid, like, you know, like... You get the idea!
Other than that just perfect and, like, really important!


Buddy read with Faye*! :D

Finally a really good book!
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