I can tell you right off the bat that I read Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu in less than two hours. Then forced my sister to read this book and she in turn forced her best friend to read the book as well. That’s how much I love this book.
In fact, it was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. I was impatiently waiting to read this book especially as I saw many people online reading it early. I couldn’t wait to read this book. Then some unexpected events happened in my life, a lack of motivation to read, and it wouldn’t be until the beginning of this year that I would get the chance to read it.
A Young Adult contemporary novel about girl power, changing the status quo, and standing up for yourselves, it was a magical combination. Everything else about it was just icing on the cake.
Vivian is a high school junior going to school in Texas were sexual harassment is rampant especially in the hallways. It is sickening how much the football team gets away with and how “acceptable” it is there. How do they get away with it? The principal has a son on the team and lets them get away with everything. In turn, he blames all the problems on the girls of the school.
He forces them to have dress code checks and to the girls at the school it seems like there isn’t a set one. There could be anything that causes them to be forced to find whatever clothes that they find in the nurse’s office to cover themselves up further.
One night she decides to fight back, but to do it anonymously. She starts the beginning of a movement once she begins distributing these in the girls bathroom. It also sparks a witch hunt by the principal to stop it. Through trials and tribulations, people join the cause and it isn’t just Vivian anymore. They manage to get exactly what they wanted and the principal got fired, finally.
Vivian has to fight against her sweet girl image and the angry feminist inside. Meanwhile hiding this from one of her best friends and her mother. The one person she doesn’t hide this from ends up becoming her boyfriend, but he doesn’t always get it. Vivian isn’t afraid to tell him off and that is one of my favorite things about this book.
There is a lot to love about this book, and I would highly recommend you pick up a copy if you get the chance. If you’ve read something similiar to Moxie and have a section, leave a recommendation.
I would give this book 5/5 stars. It was an overall enjoyable book for me. Let me know what you thought about the book. Share your favorite part of this book below.
Moxie girls fight back!