Sunday, 15 October 2017

Book review: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie (ˈmɒksi/): force of character, determination, or nerve.

This past Wednesday, on October 11th, it was the International Day of the Girl so I thought it would be perfect to get this review out this week since this book is all about girls.

I confess I was halfway through this book before I decided to look up what Moxie actually meant and I feel it fits perfectly. I bought this one at the airport, on my way back home and read half of it during the plane ride. It is an easy and fun to read book with a feminist message, for anyone who has ever had to deal with #everydaysexism especially in school.

Moxie, by Jennifer Mathieu is a story about a sixteen year old Texas girl, Vivian Carter and she is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys during class. While she is in class she has to put up with the football's team comments asking girls to "make them a sandwich" and gross t-shirts. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules. So she was inspired by her mother and created a newsletter zine that she distributes anonymously amongst her highschool classmates. Slowly, she "recruits" girls by asking them to draw hearts and stars in their hands to find other girls that are also fed up with the school's attitude and wearing bathrobes to school as a protest against the sexist dress code. After a while, the Moxie zine doesn't just belong to her but to every girl in East Rockport High who wants to be part of it.

Shortly, this book is about girls supporting each other and wanting to be treated like human beings. I really liked Viv, the main character. She's a very realistic high school girl and you can see her growth as you read the book. It starts off a little bit slow but the last 50 pages are SO AMAZING you won't be able to put it down! 

So why should you read this book? Because it empowers all kinds of girls. Honestly, after reading it I was ready to start a riot against sexism somewhere. I felt like girls, when united, can do anything they want to and it was amazing to see that in a book!

You can get Moxie on Amazon or Book Depository (free shipping) and then let me know what you thought about it! 


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