Moxie Book Review
Copy by Ella Mizota-Wang
Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie follows Vivian Carter, a high school junior who is fed up with her school’s ceaseless tolerance for sexism. In a flash of anger, she shines a light on the school’s misogyny, rebirthing a collection of zines from her mom’s “rebel phase”. Named Moxie, her creation anonymously spreads throughout the school-- and, to her surprise, girls respond. Soon, over half the school’s females are participating in Moxie protests and fundraisers.
But, as Moxie becomes increasingly daring, the girls struggle with the bitter administration. The book unearths the concerns about joining the movement, coming out with your story, and fighting when everything is against you.
Moxie is a quick and powerful read for young feminists looking for inspiration. There are many different opinions about feminism showcased in the book, from one of Vivian’s friends feeling uncomfortable even using the word “feminist”, to others wholeheartedly supporting it.
It also promotes intersectional feminism, with Vivian’s desire to diversify Moxie racially and connect different social classes.
The book also explores romance, in the form of Vivian’s boyfriend Seth. It shows that men can be feminists too, but there will always be something they will not comprehend about being a girl. Seth finds Vivian’s motives for Moxie confusing, stating that “Not all boys are jerks”. Vivian tells him that’s not the point-- he doesn’t know what it feels like to be harrassed by the boys who are.
Moxie has a healthy understanding of school culture and the difficulties of being a teen making hard decisions. Vivian is apprehensive about presenting Moxie to the public eye, and knows she could get in trouble if anyone found out she was the creator. She has to decide between what she believes in and what she wants for her future.
In conclusion, Moxie makes a powerful statement, and is a book for any girl or boy who believes in girl power.