Moxie - Jennifer Mathieu | ARC Review

Book Details:
Pages: 330
Format: Physical
Publication: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: September 19, 2017
How I got the copy: Raincoast Books
Rating: 3.5/5 

Moxie girls fight back!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so 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. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

There was so much buzz about this book pre-release and when it was released because of it's topic and I completely agree we need more female empowering books but I didn't completely love this.

I found most of the book pretty slow and about a movement that would occasionally happen months apart and then fizzle out. I understand the book is set in a small town and the movement Vivian accidentally starts anonymously and sporadically with a feminist zine would make a bigger impact on the school rather than let's say a high school in the city where the school would have more resources about bullying and sexual assault but it seemed like a far fetch to me. And because of the lack of action for the majority of the book, I found the plot very slow.

The most frustrating part is that none of the characters can confine in their parents. They all keep everything that's happening at school to themselves and the characters don't stand up for themselves either. Kids are being suspended without reason or proof and parents are still not spoken to about what's happening? What? Since when is a high school student suspended without their parents being called for a discussion on what's happening.

There's so little being done to protect the girls at the high school and every single girl is keeping quiet, which seems like a very unlikely (and an easy) way to write the story. Girls can speak up and speak out to friends, peers, parents, family, and the media! Not every girl needs a eureka moment or a reason to speak their mind.

If you follow me on Goodreads you probably saw it took me a hot minute to get through this book but once I did I really liked it. What I liked most about the book is what it stands for and that it's available to young people for awareness, support, and inspiration. Even though I didn't find the plot completely realistic I support what the book is saying. It's Vivian's journey of learning how to speak up and to support other girls.

The last 100 pages were my favourite. It's where it contained the most action and empowering movement I wanted to read about throughout the entire book.


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