Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu | Mini Review


Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Publishers: Hodder Children’s Books

Publication Date: 21st September, 2017

My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s time to fight like a girl!

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.


This book was wonderful! I absolutely adored it, and I’m struggling to find the words to fully describe how amazing it was.

‘Moxie Girls Fight Back!’

Moxie made me want to get up and start fighting the patriarchy right there in my living room! I’m actually in a feminist club that my friends and I run, and we’re in the midst of setting up a blog, too, and I feel even more inspired after reading this book.

I was so sad when I finished it – I need more Moxie in my life! There aren’t enough YA books that talk about feminism, and it’s such an important topic. Sexism still plagues the world today, and the controversy that surrounds feminism is terrible.

The definition of feminism: the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

This book showed our main character discovering feminism for the first time as she realised how crazy it is for men to be treated differently – better, in this case – than women. Some of the injustice we see in this book made me so angry, because they are definitely things that could happen, have happened, and are probably happening right now.


This book highlighted issues to do with race and sexuality, as well –  inter-sectional feminism is believing every woman, regardless of race or sexuality (as well as trans people) deserve to have equal rights. I personally believe you can’t call yourself a feminist at all if you don’t believe everyone deserves equality. We also saw this book tackle the ‘not all men‘ notion. I won’t go into it, because I don’t want to give anything away that happens in the book, but I will say I appreciated how subtly the author included this.

I really enjoyed the writing style – but something sort of shocked me: there seemed to be a lot of grammatical errors I came across (namely misspellings). This wasn’t really too important, but I thought it was worth a mention.

This book made me angry and sad, but it also made me laugh and smile. It explores some really important topics, and I loved it. I want to see feminism featured more prominently in YA books!

Moxie is a wonderful novel, and I can’t recommend it enough!


– Emma

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