Hey, guys! Today I am very excited to talk about Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. This is one of my top favorite books of the year, and I just really loved this book. This book deals with so many different topics like sexism and racism and just the importance of letting your voice be heard. This book just inspired me, and I am so glad I decided to read it. I highly, highly recommend you all check this out because I just freaking loved it. But let’s go ahead and get into the review!
“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.”
OH MY GOD. THIS WAS ABSOLUTELY BLOODY FANTASTIC.
Like, I am having trouble putting into words how I am feeling right now. This book just has me inspired. It makes me want to go out and do something, make some noise, and just let my voice be heard. I identified with this entire book. I went through a lot of these same experiences when I was in high school. There were always these jerkface guys who would always just tell me and all of the girls that women belonged in the kitchen, which is what the guys in this book were saying. Also, similar to this book, the word, “feminist” is considered to be taboo and kind of like a dirty word.
I just found myself drawing similarities between this book and my high school because I am from a small town and while it isn’t just one sport that is literally the center of the school, sports, in general, were the center of the school. If you weren’t doing sports, it is like you never existed. It’s like you were invisible. I wasn’t involved in something like that, so people did not know I existed. I also was just afraid of speaking out against all the antifeminism and sexist bull crap because I would end up being part of their sexist jokes.
Also, at my school, it was very clique-ish. You saw the cliques clearly and you did not cross over into another clique. I was looked at like an outcast because I was not part of a clique. I had not gone to that school for my entire life. I transferred there in eighth grade. I had two best friends. Two. I didn’t eat in the cafeteria because I was avoiding the people in there. I would eat lunch in one of the classrooms.
And standard policy at that school was to not draw attention to yourself, especially because of what you were wearing. I identified so much with the stupid dress code crap we saw in this book. At my high school, the girls were slut-shamed and told what to wear and what not to wear, what color to dye their hair, and how they should just generally look so as to not distract the male students because they can’t control themselves if they saw a female’s shoulders. You couldn’t wear leggings unless you were wearing a dress or shirt that was practically down to your knees lest one of the male students suddenly get distracted from their education, nevermind the girl’s education. They were objectifying the female students. Did the boys ever break the dress code? Yeah, but did they ever get in trouble for it? No. Not even once.
This book also discussed that classic guy line that says, “Oh, but not all guys are like that!” Like, yeah, that may be true, but in saying, you are belittling and dismissing the fact that a lot of guys are like that. They do objectify women and treat us like we are second-class citizens. This book challenges that, and for that reason, I think everyone, male and female, should read this book because feminism is for everyone, not just girls. I think people look down on feminism because they don’t understand it, and they believe in stereotypes. That’s how my family is. They believe in stereotypes.
This book just tackles so many different topics in relation to women, and I just think that everyone can learn something from this book. This book is so realistic because this stuff does happen. It is real, whether you choose to believe it or not. All of these characters are so relatable, and I could just see myself in every single one of them, so I think everyone can relate to this book. This book was just executed so wonderfully, and I am so happy I decided to read this because it is definitely one of my favorite books of the year, and it has jumped onto my all time favorite books list. This was just absolutely fantastic!
And there you have it! That was my review of Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. What are you currently reading? Sound off in the comments below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!