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Review: Moxie by Jen Mathieu

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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.

This was absolutely fabulous. This is the type of feminism YA needs — inclusive, intersectional and full of girls supporting each other. I adored Vivian, our main character–I related to her and her BFF’s relationship SO HARD. I was def the only girl in my friend group interested in feminism as a teen, and I really liked how that was dealt with.

The growth and awareness of Viv’s interest in feminism over the course of the book was great–it felt natural and exciting. I adored the friendships and relationships between the girls in this book. I also think their were things challenged that NEED to be challenged.

This is one of my favourite books of the year so far. It’s powerful, important and relevant. Every teen girl needs to read this book. I’m so glad I read it at 24, but the idea of teenagers reading this book feels me with chills.

Basically, this book is da best. Go read it.

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