Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu couldn’t be a more fitting title for our Books On Our Radar spotlight. In the new world order that we seem to be living in, I need ALL the feminist books. Anything to help inspire girls, both in fiction and non-fiction, that women have stood up for our rights before and nothing can stop us from demanding them again. We are powerful, we are beautiful, we are unique, we all can be Moxie Girls who fight back! Moxie sounds like a really fun and brilliant story about feminism and how to get the word out about the crap girls in high school constantly have to endure. Taking inspiration from the 90s Riot Grrrl zine movement, Viv finds her place to make a difference starting a zine and anonymously distributing it in her school. What transpires is a girl revolution that Viv could never have imagined. I love everything about this blurb, as I was once a 90s riot grrrl myself, I know I will connect deeply to this story, and I hope it also resonates with many girls who feel marginalized in their lives. I really wish I didn’t have to wait till September 19th for this one, so be sure to add it to you TBR now so you don’t forget! Also, just because this is so brilliant, Amy Poehler’s production studio, Paper Kite, has bought the film rights to Moxie already!
Category: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication: September 19th, 2017; Roaring Brook Press
An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Matheiu, author of The Truth About Alice.
MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!
Vivan Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her small-town Texas high school 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 Carter is fed up with always following the rules.
Viv’s 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 other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.