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In a small Texas town where high school football reigns supreme, Viv, sixteen, starts a feminist revolution using anonymously-written zines.
Vivian Carter is fed up with a high school administration 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 is fed up with always following the rules. Her 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 what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
Multiscript Copyrightdate: 017
ISBN: 9781626726352
Branch Call Number: y MATHIEU 2017
Characteristics: 330 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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When she finds her mother's shoe-box of memorabilia, Vivian is inspired to create a zine to fight back against the sexism at her school.

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Oct 19, 2018


(Also, what's "moxie"? What year did THAT come from?)

Jul 24, 2018

“Moxie” didn’t impress me. Having read “The Nowhere Girls” by Amy Reed, I expected another empowering and thought provoking novel, this time based in a small town. But this book just doesn’t strike any emotions. Vivian is tired of the sexism that takes place in her school. Day after day, football jocks are permitted to wear degrading and sexist t-shirts, while girls are sent home for minor dress code violations. Fed up with the undisputed behaviour of the males in her school and inspired by her mother, a former Riot Grrrl, Viv begins writing zines under the name “Moxie” and sparks revolution in her school. I loved how the zines were shown in the book; they really enhanced the experience and gave a great visual. On the other hand, this book was a bit of a stretch and didn’t focus as much on the feminism and empowerment topics as much as I would’ve liked. I’d recommend you read “The Nowhere Girls” instead. Rating ⅖ @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 30, 2018

Absolutely love this book. Every girl should read this. And not just girls, either. The book has some positive messages and examples for men on how to be an ally.

OPL_KrisC Jan 31, 2018

This book fits right in with all of the movements that are currently in the news. It's all about girl power and standing up for yourself. I think everyone should read it!

Jan 18, 2018

A wonderful exploration of female empowerment and what it means to be in a feminist in a world that doesn't always believe you or care. Excellent for young adults (and adults too!)

Dec 18, 2017

What a great "girl power" book about girls working together and supporting each other.

DPLaprilteenservices Dec 08, 2017

A great book for teens who are exploring feminism and/or are interested in the #metoo movement.

RDPL_Teens Nov 27, 2017

"Your silence will not protect you." Audre Lorde

A poignant quote form this Awesome YA book about girls standing up for themselves (and each other) against sexism and gender prejudice. Vivian, the main character, struggles throughout the book between her want to fit-in and not make waves and her anger over the sexist behavior of the elite football players of her school, but her anger and desire for fair treatment win out and she unwittingly starts a movement at her school.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and believe it should be required reading for ALL high school students.

Read it, just read it.

OPLJessG Sep 27, 2017

This is the book I wish I'd read as a teenager. Viv feels real and flawed, fumbling around in her anger, taking a stand, and finding friends along the way. (I love the constant references to punk music and have definitely made a playlist as a result.) Mathieu makes sure to include other resources and history at the end of the book for context, pointing readers to other resources, and ways to fight back against sexism and injustice. Feeling empowered? Great! Let's talk intersectionality. Let's talk accountability. Let's talk activism.

Ultimately, MOXIE's message is: It's easy for the powerful squelch dissent when the voices are few and frightened; it's impossible to stop the roars when we stand together in solidarity. (Because Moxie girls fight back!)

samcmar Sep 05, 2017

This is a book I want in the hands of every young girl. I wish I had this book when I was growing up. Moxie is a book about girl power, girl friendship and the need to band together to fight injustice. Once again, Jennifer Mathieu has written a damned winner with this book, and if this doesn't become mandatory reading for young feminists, I may cry.

Vivian is an amazing heroine who gets fed up with the sexism that exists in her school. Girls being told to go home and "make a sandwich" to trying to deny the existence of sexual assault, Viv can't take it anymore. What does she do? She channels her inner Riot Grrl and creates "Moxie" a zine that focuses on the importance of banding together against injustice and to fight the rampant sexism that exists at East Rockport High. Vivian begins to start a hidden movement, with girls being able to find their voice.

HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK. I read this book in two full sittings and was completely glued the story. Mathieu does an amazing job building every action and consequence in this story. There is this fantastic build in the story that makes you want to get to the climax and then see how everything falls into place. This is a girl friendship book and that is the larger focus in this story, and it's amazing because you see supportive girls, you see them protecting each other, wanting to do what is right. Even the romance with Seth in this book is done well. I love how he makes such a huge mistake and Viv doesn't just cave to it -- she wants him to learn and wants him to build his understanding. She calls him out, and we need more of that. Women calling men out for their crap.

Moxie is an amazing read, and easily a favourite. I loved the characters, the friendship and the power of feminism that exists in this story. I can only hope this gets turned into a film or at least ending up in the hands of girls who need this understanding, this pick me up, this reminder that we need to stick together. Thank you, Jennifer Mathieu for continuing to write books that challenge, intrigue -- if you keep writing, I'll keep reading.


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Oct 22, 2018

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