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4.39  ·  Rating details ·  8,186 Ratings  ·  2,288 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Roaring Brook Press
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Michelle Right, because who wants to read a book about a girl gaining in self esteem, befriending other girls, and learning not to stay silent when she and…moreRight, because who wants to read a book about a girl gaining in self esteem, befriending other girls, and learning not to stay silent when she and other girls are treated like second class citizens? :)(less)

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Emma Giordano
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 tal
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a fun feminist contemporary
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
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

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 n
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feminism
Not long ago, I wrote an essay on the importance of feminism to various groups of people today and presented it to the class. The response was overwhelmingly positive and sparked different discussions.

The teacher was surprised. He looked at me and said, ‘‘This is how every oral presentation should go.’’ But then immediately after, as if really thinking about the issues I presented, he asked, ‘‘But are you girls, at your age, really affected by unfeminist behaviours?’’

The girls of our class (the
destiny ☠ howling libraries
"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 "re
may ➹
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!!! 🎉
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
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 eve
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars!

I want to make it clear that I LOVED THIS BOOK SO SO MUCH.

Moxie is about Vivian, who is sick of the sexist shit that goes down at her high school and feeling inspired by her mum's 90's Riot Grrrl feminist zines, decides to make her own feminist zine to fight against the patriarchy and stand up for girls.

As a character, Viv is a bit shy, quiet and is scared of speaking out and getting caught making these zines in the first place. While she is quiet and a bit scared at first, she is a
Whitney Atkinson
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 c
Raquel Brune
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Un libro con un mensaje muy necesario. Da gusto leer novelas juveniles especialmente enfocadas a un público joven y femenino que en lugar de romantizar relaciones tóxicas cuenta la historia de un montón de chicas muy diferentes que se unen para luchar contra el machismo en su escuela. Es una novela muy ligera con una estructura muy cinematográfica (espero que hagan la peli pronto, esta podría ser la Mean Girls de nuestra generación). Leyendo Moxie he experimentado un dejavú a mis días de institu ...more
Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
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, Luc
Joce (squibblesreads)
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 he
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
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Teens learning about feminism for the first time
Recommended to Emer by: Aimee
I wasn't going to read Moxie. I got the vibe from it that it was sort of a book for the younger end of the YA spectrum and well... I'm a couple of decades past that *gulps*

But in my book group (currently recruiting new, interested members so hit me up for an invite 👍🏻)... Anyway we have this reading challenge this summer and basically we are all recommending different books to each other to read and discuss together. It's good fun!

So one of my friends in the group, Aimee *waves at Aimee* recomm
Yusra  ✨
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
so i basically felt nothing but annoyed :)
ready to feel empowered, angry, and everything in between
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

“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.”

What a cute, feel good, heartwarming book!

I’ll be honest, I was kind of dreading this book. I was afraid it was going to be full of white, superficial, one dimension
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 hesit
Kate (GirlReading)
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 an ...more
Tan Markovic
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 han
Bee (Heart Full of Books)
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!
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
TRIGGER WARNINGS: sexual assault, misogyny
REVIEW WARNING: it's a hell lot of babble


R A M B L E 

If you ever get one book recommendation from my blog make it Moxie. Honestly, this is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. Honestly. I wish I could make everyone I know read this book. It is valuable and it is powerful. 

These days, the word feminist is seen as a dirty word by some. It means man-hater, it means unwashed, it means venomous. Many shy away from usin
Aneta Bak
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, books-i-own
Moxie is a book that all young adults and teens should read, whether you’re male or female, this book needs to be shared to show everyone the right side of feminism. It gives us a good reminder, that no matter what the problem is, if we all stand together we can make a difference.

The boys at Vivan’s high school can get away with anything. Innapropriate comments, degrading games and touching girls without their permission, the worst part is that the administration totally doesn’t see anything wro
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
i just wanna know...... how in the world do you get amy freaking poehler to blurb your book?

edit after reading:
moxie is such an inspiring, motivating book about real problems, real places, and real kickass women. is the discussion of feminism the most nuanced ever? no, but at this level, it doesn’t need to be. you have to build a strong foundation of what feminism is/why it’s necessary before you can dwell on the more niche branches of feminism. the message is powerful and beautiful and i was
Jul 14, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-na
I'll read this.

I don't care who blurbed it, Amy Poehler or whoever. It's inconsequential.

I'll read it.

Because of this farcical Kirkus review.

I'll read it.

Then I'll get ten copies for my friends too.

Hey, Kirkus! (view spoiler)
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh my God.

It's 4 days into the year and I've already read two books?

Thank the lord above, I think The Great Slump of 2017™ stayed behind in that shitty year.

Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got this book so long ago and I can't believe I didn't devour it immediately.

Love love loved Vivian. She's smart and scared and fed up and she meshes those things together and creates Moxie. Reading it grow and bring the girls together was fantastic. All of the males were horrid asses who desperately needed junk punches...excluding one.

Plot wise it is empowering and heartbreaking and empowering and sweet and empowering and funny and empowering and swoony and empowering. I felt like I could m
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Special shoutout to Amber who bought me this book for christmas after begging me for months to read it. You the real MVP friend.

I really thought I wouldn’t like this book. I’ll admit that I’m not much of a fan of contemporaries but this book is IMPORTANT! Feminism is such a big thing for me and I’ve been a feminist for the past 5 years. I was best friends with a girl 5 years ago who was a feminist and I had no idea what that meant and what it stood for and she educated me on what it was and why
Sabrien Abdelrahman
This book was a 4.25 star read for me.

I am a feminist. I am very passionate about discussing it, because there are so many culturally wrong things that need to be eradicated, things that are sexist and angering and NOT OKAY. The only reason that this wasn't a five star is that the parts outside of the feminist zine, the contemporary-ish part? Didn't really do it for me. And sometimes the way the narrator spoke annoyed me (I know she's a junior, but sometimes she sounded younger). But otherwise,
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I'm an English teacher, writer, wife, and mom who writes books for and about young adults. My novels include THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE, DEVOTED, and AFTERWARD.

My fourth novel, MOXIE, will be out in September 2017. It was recently optioned by Amy Poehler's production company for film! It has a special Tumblr I adore that you can check out at!

All my novels are published by R
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“it occurs to me that 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.” 50 likes
“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.” 21 likes
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