Moxie Girls Fight Back!
Vivian Carter 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. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.
Viv's mum 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 Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She's just blowing off steam, but other girls respond and spread the Moxie message. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realises that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.
Moxie was a book that filled me with rage, one that made me so damn furious that I couldn't sit still. But it was also a book that made me beam proudly, because these girls, damn, these girls were so kickass, they supported each other and were united in fighting the sexism at their school and town. I nearly cried close to the end, because I was just so freaking happy for the characters, for how much they managed to accomplish, for how they stood up not only for themselves, but for each other.
Moxie touched on many important topics that are related to feminism, but it never felt preachy. On the contrary, every single topic was included in a very natural way, be that labeling oneself a feminist or intersectional feminism. On that note, I do wish that characters of color and characters of different sexual orientations had a bigger role. They were definitely included, but I wish we'd have gotten more of their point of view.
The main character, Vivian, was absolutely amazing and I loved her to bits. Viv was incredibly brave and strong, even though she herself doubted this at the beginning. She needed a little time to gather her courage to create those zines (I laughed so hard at the scenes where everyone was calling them newsletters and she was silently correcting them) and then to actually do the things that she asked of others in them. BUT SHE FOUND HER STRENGTH AND DID IT ALL. I found it so damn realistic that Viv wanted change badly, but she didn't always know how to go about it and she was scared of the consequences she might face. Viv was so real and relatable and I want her to be my best friend, please.
The supporting cast was INCREDIBLE, as well. I loved each and every characters and I really appreciated to see a rather diverse cast. All the girls were so freaking different from each other, yet they formed a beautiful unity by the end. Girls supporting girls all around, y'all! MY HEART WAS MELTING, BASICALLY.
Unfortunately, the romance felt a bit rushed and just didn't interest me all that much. Seth and Vivienne were cute together, but they didn't blew me away as my OTPs do. That said, I did love that Seth was included in the novel. It's super-important to showcase that feminism is not only for women, and men who call themselves feminists aren't "losers" - which is obviously a very dumb thing to say, yet I've seen/heard it before.
Moreover, Seth genuinely wanted to help and be there for Viv, but, as a guy, he couldn't possible relate to what Viv and the rest of the girls were going through, thus he didn't exactly see why Moxie was so very important for Viv. They argued and disagreed until, ultimately, Seth realized that he was in the wrong and instead of seeing things strictly through his own eyes he should listen to Viv's point of view and learn to recognize his privilege.
All in all, Moxie was one damned fantastic book that totally blew me away and made me SO impatient for Jennifer Mathieu's future novels, because she's one hell of a writer. She crafts such realistic characters, such beautiful relationships that you can't help falling in love with her books.
Unfortunately (or not), I've already read everything by her, but if you haven't, go ahead and check out my reviews for The Truth About Alice and Devoted, and see Afterward on GR.
Shout out to Clare from Dual Reads, who made it possible for me to read Moxie by picking up a copy of the Zoella book club special edition for me. Thank you!!
The story idea: 5/5
The realization of the story: 5/5
The characters: 5/5
The cover: 5/5
Enjoy factor: 5/5
Have you read any books centered around women empowerment or feminism before? What's the last book you read that had kickass female friendship in it?