Moxie: A Novel by Jennifer MathieuMoxie: A Novel by Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie: A Novel

byJennifer Mathieu

Hardcover | September 19, 2017

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"Moxie is sweet, funny, and fierce. Read this and then join the fight."-Amy Poehler

An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice.

MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK! Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with an administration at her 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.

Moxie is set to begin production at Netflix, with Amy Poehler set to direct the Tamara Chestna-scripted adaptation.

Jennifer Mathieu is the author of Devoted, Afterward, and The Truth About Alice, the winner of the Children's Choice Book Awards' Teen Choice Debut Author Award. She teaches high school English in Texas, where she lives in the Houston area with her husband and son.
Title:Moxie: A NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.56 × 5.95 × 1.28 inShipping dimensions:8.56 × 5.95 × 1.28 inPublished:September 19, 2017Publisher:Roaring Brook PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1626726353

ISBN - 13:9781626726352


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner! Beware spoilers ahead! Trigger warning: Rape, blackmailing, harassment, bullying, slut shaming, mention of accident, sexism, misogyny, and mention of death. Vivian is used to everything. She's used to behaviour of the boys. Used to all the sexist jokes, and the boy being able to get away with everything. Until Lucy transfers. Lucy is the new girl and the latest victim of Mitchell's harassment. Viv puts her foot down. Why should she and the rest of the girls have to deal with this?! Viv using inspiration from her mother's Riot Grrl days creates Moxie. A zine for all the females. A revolution forms. But can they hold out against the school board and most of the male population? I had seen Moxie on Goodreads and Twitter. I didn't care much for the synopsis. I went to the bookstore and saw it on the shelves. Out of curiosity I picked it up. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it! The book is written in first person limited following Vivian. There are chapter numbers. And pictures of the zines that she makes. Which could sometimes take about three pages. I'm really surprised that I was able to enjoy it! The synopsis read like one of those feminist books, that don't turn out that good. I can happily say that I was wrong! What I appreciated the most was the diversity! Some feminist books are actually white feminism in disguise. Which was not the case here. There were WOC and some LGBTQIA characters. And all were done so well! I really liked Viv! Her journey through creating Moxie was incredible. I loved that she decided to take a stand for the sake off helping her fellow women. This really is an empowering book about fantastic female friendships! Claudia is Viv's best friend. The two have done everything together since they were children. Their friendship is tested once the Moxie zines start coming out. Claudia like Viv has gotten used to the system. She's not quite a fan of it being questioned. Of course Claudia doesn't like the system or the general treatment, but she's used to it. This is partly why Claudia didn't like Lucy in the beginning. Lucy questioned everything and where she came from things were better. She does warm up to Lucy. And makes up with Viv. Lucy was such a fun character! It was nice to read about her observations on how odd the school was. She was alone in the beginning, but Moxie brought Viv and her together. Lucy and Claudia were on rocky terms in the beginning. The two do become good friends. Even the typical blonde cheerleader played a huge role. Viv and every other female were under the impression that Emma had a lot to gain from the system. Partly because she was pretty and didn't seem to mind the status quo. Emma turns out to be so much more! I really appreciated how the author handled women.   I liked Viv's relationship with her family! Her grandparents were very sweet. And her mother served for the inspiration of Moxie. Her mother's past was so cool and interesting! I love that she fought for the things she loved. Her and Viv do get into a bit of a rough spot. Her mother's new boyfriend plays a huge role in this. As Viv felt that her mother was changing because of said boyfriend. The two make up when Viv starts seeking her mothers advice. Viv also felt that her family wouldn't support her on Moxie. Much to her surprise they did and were proud of her. Viv's crush Seth also played a huge role, outside of the love interest. Seth actually caught Viv when she put out the first zine. He decided to keep it a secret. And found out cool. He became her go to person for occasional advice. There was a slow burn romance between the two which I liked! If it wasn't obvious with the trigger warnings this book was hard to read. There are a lot of hard subjects brought up. And while I think they were dealt with properly, it didn't make it any easier. It's not just the male student body that sucked, it was even the female teachers. The school board and the mentality of the town. The behaviour of these characters truly disgusted me. I spent a lot of my time reading furious at all the things that happened. Which I'm assuming was the author's intention. Kudos to the author. I also want to point out that I never felt that Moxie drove away male allies. Towards the end of the book the girls team up for a Moxie walkout. Seth and some of his male friends join this walkout in solidarity of the girls'. I thought that this was really powerful! Don't believe what Kirkus says. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this! I highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This is such an empowering book! It is full of suspense, power, love and standing up for what is right! This is a must read for girls!
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is the book every girl needs! It shows the reader how powerful women can be when they act and love each other!
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is the book every girl needs! It shows the reader how powerful women can be when they act and love each other!
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is the book every girl needs! It shows the reader how powerful women can be when they act and love each other!
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful If you are or ever have been a teenage girl you should read this book. A powerful read about sexism that exists in high school and how one girl starts the fight against it.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! A strong lead character made the book fantastic to read!
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Moxie is a riveting story of a girl standing up against sexism. The theme of the story is one that pertains to all audiences, and the characters and plot will keep you hooked!
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A story that stays with you for a lifetime It was absolutely refreshing, powerful and progressive. Without a doubt, it was one of the best books that I read in 2017! The characters, plot, message and underlying theme will stay with you. I cannot recommend this enough. Read it if you haven't already.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Love "Moxie" Viv experiences and witnesses sexism and she decides that she’s had enough. She’s afraid to voice her anger, but she wants to all the same. I like that we see her struggle to stand up to the patriarchy, because it can be a scary thing for a young woman in a hostile environment to stand up for her gender. But as more and more of her classmates read the zine and join the rebellion, she becomes more empowered. That’s what is so beautiful about Moxie. It’s about women coming together, supporting each other, and demanding they be shown the respect they deserve. And, yes, black girls get their say in the book too. In fact, Viv knows it's important for Moxie to be inclusive. What I also love is that Viv isn’t afraid to tell her love interest when he’s being part of the problem. “Not all men” is an ignorant statement, because all men come from a place of privilege. I like that though he’s upset for being called out, he takes some time to realize that he was wrong. Though the pacing of the book is quite slow at times, the climax of the novel makes it so worth it. To see women coming together to demand justice and change is beautiful and empowering. I wish the book had a bit more of that, but overall it doesn’t bother me too much. "Moxie" is an amazingly empowering feminist book, and we need that. We need younger audiences - all audiences - to have access to books like this. The book may have a slow pace, but the story is important and relevant. It left me feeling fired up, and made me want to read more feminist lit. When a book can make you feel that strongly, it’s done its job. We should all be Moxie girls; we should all be feminists. And everyone, regardless of gender, needs to read this book now. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read! Moxie is a book that all young adults and teens should read, whether you’re male or female, this book needs to be shared to show everyone the right side of feminism. It gives us a good reminder, that no matter what the problem is, if we all stand together we can make a difference. The boys at Vivan’s high school can get away with anything. Innapropriate comments, degrading games and touching girls without their permission, the worst part is that the administration totally doesn’t see anything wrong with this, since they’re the star football players of the school. Vivian takes it upon herself to start an anonymous empowerment magazine, first starting off with small acts to group together and then leading to larger acts of empowerment. Vivian was a lovely character. Her journey throughout this story is very beautiful and special.As one of the shy girls at school, Viv only hangs out with a few of her closest friends and tries to avoid standing out to the boys to make sure they don’t make fun of her. When Viv sees a girl in her class with her spirit totally destroyed after a boy makes fun of her in front of the whole class and a teacher does nothing about it, she decides to take action into her own hands and make a zine called Moxie. With inspiration from her mother’s own punk rock period in high school, Viv’s zine becomes a hit and empowers girls from all grades to stand together against the inequality in their school. What Viv did was totally out of her comfort zone, but every change she made helped her come out of her shell and become the beautiful person she is. She stood up for what she thought was right and I admire her so much for that. This book was so important to me. I’ve read a lot of books, and this is the first time I’m actually reading a book about female empowerment and feminism. Shocking right? You never notice how much our current libraries are lacking these sort of titles until you read one. The message that this book gives is so important, not only to young women who might be going through this type of thing, but also young men to show them that women should never be treated in such a manner and what repercussions it can have. The one thing I didn’t like in the beginning of the book, was the romance that Viv had. Personally, I just wanted to focus on the plot of the story and what Vivan would do next. I found myself skimming the parts where she was talking about the love interest or scenes with them together. Fortunately by the end of the book I can see why the author decided to include the romance to the story, and while I appreciate what she did, I still believe that this book should have been romance free. Overall, absolutely amazing book. I will be passing on my own copy to all the girls and guys I know who will want to read it. This is a book that I recommend buying because I’m 100% sure you will either love it, or it will change your outlook… or maybe even both.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! There were two things I really enjoyed about this book. One: that there was a focus on girls banding together and lifting each other up, instead of creating additional divisions between them that only serve to do disservice to them all (we find this so often in YA fiction, that it feels so refreshing to see the alternative). And two: that none of the characters are perfect. Everyone had flaws, and most people were willing to learn from their mistakes, which is a character trait we could probably all work on. I burned through this in a single sitting, which is not something I do very often anymore, and I would certainly recommend it to girls in particular, but honestly, there are some good messages in here for pretty much everybody.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok this was not bad, I must admit, but there were certain instances where it could've been improved.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I could have done without the "romantic" subplot
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I was a little disappointed with the ending
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Was in denial throughout the book
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book was really good. I was in a really bad book hangover and this was perfect. The world building and the world in general was amazing
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I need to re-read this, as I rushed through it the first time because I was busy, but nonetheless, I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Wish This Book was Written When I was in High School! This book is fantastic! The main character can be frustrating but you root for her, all the way through. I wish this book had of been written when I was in high school. It delves into such relevant topics that the target audience of this book SHOULD be aware of. I love this book, I love that it exists, and I love that it is gaining the attention it deserves. This makes my feminist heart so happy.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I wish I could see, smell, taste ,hear, and touch this story!
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Made me want to get up and join the fight! I thought it was empowering and felt the pace was realistic. I could have done without the "romantic" subplot though.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Empowering book but slow An important book for girls of any age to read about but I found the storyline slow. However, the last 100 pages did redeem the book for me. It contained so much action and empowerment then the rest of the book.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone should read this! This novel is amazing! It is empowering. It is all about teen girls standing up for themselves. Go read it now. Moxie should be read in every high school English class.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Strong Book for Girls As an English teacher, I try to keep up to date on the latest offerings. This novel was a delightful find because, not only does it center on a group of teenage girls taking back their sense of agency from the boys and men at their school, but it features a lot of nostalgic remnants of the grrrrlll power era. Fun, quick-moving and with several surprises, I have recommended it to several students.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such an inspiring and interesting read, simply could not put it down! Great job!
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from yes Such an inspiring and interesting read, simply could not put it down! Great job!
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Very well written but cvould have been ore descriptive of each of the instances that were felt.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Empowering Read for All This book first off, looks so eye catching that you just have to pick it up to see what it’s about. I finished this book within 2 days because it was so good, I just had to know what happened next. I would totally recommend to anymore for an empowering read and also to learn aboit what some people go through and how you can make a change.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This was an interesting read full of life lessons learned through experiencing a terrible loss. Reading this provides insight into the grieving mind along with strategies to support someone experiencing los
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok caught my attention almost immediately and I could not put it down. Great read
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Girl Power! This is such a timely example of what girls/women have to go through in today's society! Moxie tells the tale of a group of high school girls who discover how much power they do have together. I bought it for my daughter but read it first. She will read it, and all of her friends. Every female out there needs some Moxie!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moxie!! Loved this empowering book!
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Words have power and this book has lots of both If I had to be a teenage girl all over again, I'd want to be a Moxie Girl. Vivian didn't plan to be a Moxie Girl, nor did she think she had the power to change the establishment. but she knew there was something very wrong at her high school. All the prestige, all the funding and all the attention was lavished on the male football team. It's members could do no wrong, and when they did, it was ignored, swept under the carpet. When Viv couldn't accept this attitude any longer, she created a zine with a feminist message and secretly distributed it around the school. She started something that wasn't going away. As the story progressed, I grew to like Viv more and more. She had found her voice and had a message worth listening to. I did wish that she had told her mom what was happening at school, but there is only so much that teens confide to their parents. With the help of her best friend and several new friends, they presented a message that couldn't be ignored. Words have power when they reach a receptive audience. I'd like to see this book in the hands of all young women. Classroom discussions on respect and equality regardless of sex, skin colour and race should be ongoing. As a society we lose so much when any one group is suppressed. Go Moxie Grrrls. Yes, I loved this book and the message that it carries. I received and advanced reader ecopy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc., in exchange for an honest review. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic read for any human! ***SPOILERS*** Fans of Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give would enjoy this book. Vivan is a high school junior who is fed up with her school’s administration system who think’s the football team can do nothing wrong. From hallway harassment to sexist dress codes and disturbing comments said by boys during class, Viv starts a zine that she makes anonymously and spreads her message around the school. Moxie is a zine that addresses the school’s sexist issues and announces events in protest towards those issues. Through her mission, Viv forges new friends, relationships, and trouble. Loved the discussions of race and feminism throughout this books, though I wish I could have seen more. Also really enjoyed that twist at the end, really solidifies that anyone can be affected by sexism, and displays how much power administrative systems have over young people (which can be good or bad, in this situation, it’s bad because it was trying to cover up an attempted rape and threatened students if they said anything). While most of the content in the book I loved, for some reason I felt like the romance was unnecessary. At one point we’d be talking about taking action against sexism and then all of a sudden we’re listening to Viv talk about waiting for Seth to kiss her. Yes, relationships are a part of everyone’s life, however, in this novel, I felt like the train of the plot went from starting a movement at a high school to odd (yet cute) dates. Also, what was with Viv wanting to date someone taller than her, does that even matter at all? Can society please stop this “standard”… #indigoemployee
Date published: 2017-08-22

Editorial Reviews

A YALSA's Teens Top Ten 2018 book "With a story that's equal parts heart and instruction manual, Mathieu has captured the movement of a generation-warts and all-and shone a light forward for the next one." -E. K. Johnston, #1 New York Times Bestseller author of Exit Pursued By a Bear"Vivian Carter and Moxie are strong and smart and so, so inspiring. She is my new hero and this is my new favorite book. I'm proud to be a Moxie girl."-Jennifer Niven, New York Times-bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe"From its soul-deep girl friendships to its swoony love story to its smart, gutsy heroine, Moxie is a ferocious joy. I could feel my heart-and my courage-getting bigger every time I turned the page."-Katie Cotugno, New York Times-bestselling author of 99 Days and How to Love"Moxie is an anthem, a how-to guide, and that best friend who says, 'You matter, too!'" -Sherri L. Smith, author of Pasadena and Flygirl "Like the addictive riff of a punk rock song, Moxie will pull you in, inspire you, and kick you back out into the world with a burning desire to change it. Read this. Now." -Jenny Torres Sanchez, author of Because of the Sun"An invaluable revelation." -Booklist, starred review"This novel is full of wit, insight, and moxie. . . . Highly recommended for all teens, but especially those who would enjoy realistic coming-of-age fiction with female empowerment." -School Library Journal, starred review"Satisfying and moving." -Publishers Weekly