by Jennifer Mathieu


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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.


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 a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626726352
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 09/19/2017
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 268,911
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

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.

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Moxie: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
YAandWine More than 1 year ago
HELL YES!!! MOXIE is the definitive feminist YA contemporary novel. This book has been on the top of my fall reading list ever since I read the description. I had very high expectations going into it, but MOXIE absolutely crushed it! I have never felt so empowered as a woman as I did while reading this book. I want girls and women alike to read this book, because I want them to be able to feel that same incredible sense of empowerment that I did while I was reading. But I also want everyone to read this book regardless of gender. Feminism and gender equality are not battles to be fought only by women. It's something we all need work toward together, and this book is a great way to start some crucial conversations around those topics. This is one of those books that just needs to be required reading in high schools. This book sends a clear and vital message about the importance of speaking up for what's right and fighting against bullying, sexism, and discrimination of all kinds, which is a message that is important for everyone. Vivian's character was so well-done. She creates this incredible feminist zine and anonymously distributes it throughout her high school, but her struggle to gain the confidence to do that makes her so believable. The obstacles she faces as a woman in the high school she goes to are infuriating and sadly relatable. She is a character that you'll more than cheer for. She is a character you will follow straight into battle. The book includes images of the zine that Vivian creates, and they are awesome and just so much fun. There is a sweet and swoony romance in this book, and it really emphasizes the importance for both parties in a relationship to try to understand the experiences of the other, to learn from each other, and grow together. It in no way detracts from the overall theme of the book. It only enhances it. Read this book, you guys, and then let's talk about it! Let's continue the important conversations from this book. Moxie girls fight back! *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Caroles_Random_Life 5 months ago
I really ended up enjoying this book! This was a review book that completely slipped through the cracks and was left to sit somewhat forgotten. By the time I pulled it out of the pile, I didn't completely remember why I had been drawn to it in the first place. I wasn't too far into the book when I realized just how good this story really was and I had a fantastic time with it. It has been a long time since I was a teenager or went to high school. A very long time. My youngest daughter is currently finishing up her final year of high school and my oldest is a young adult so I have lived with teenagers for quite a few years so I feel like I know what they are like and I thought that this book was filled with realistic teenagers which is one of the things that I really really enjoyed about it. I wish that the things that happen at Vivian's high school during the course of this book didn't happen. I know that they happened when I was in school and I don't think it is too much of a stretch to think that they still happen quite often in certain areas. I was mad. I was disappointed. And I was disappointed. How could the adults let these things happen and not speak up? How was it that none of the parents of daughters from the school were demanding change? The one thing that I would have loved to see happen in this book would be for Vivian, or one of her friends, to tell the adult in their life exactly what was going on. These girls didn't let others fight their battles though. Vivian sparks a movement that eventually works its way across her school. I was so happy to see these girls stand up and fight the things that were wrong together. It was a very uplifting message about how change can happen if you get enough people to stand up with you. I listened to the audiobook version of this book which turned out to be a fantastic choice because Suzy Jackson did a wonderful job with the story. She really was the voice of Vivian and I thought that she did was able to bring this story to life. All of the character voices were really well done and I had no problems listening to this book for hours at a time. I would recommend this book to others. I had a great time watching this wonderful group of characters fight for a cause that was easy to get behind. I look forward to reading more of Jennifer Mathieu's work in the future. I received a digital review copy of this book from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from my local library.
DarqueDreamer 5 months ago
Moxie was girl power and feminism at its best! It was full of fun, beauty, and strength! “Moxie girls fight back!” I absolutely loved this book! I loved the bravery behind it. I loved the positive messages found within. And I loved the characters and storyline! It was a riot! First and foremost, this book was about standing up for what’s right. It was about shooting down misogyny and that age-old phrase “boys will be boys.” It was about female positivity, inclusion, and all-around equality. It was also about not giving in to prejudice and misconceptions based on reputations and appearances. Besides the powerful messages found within the story, the characters are what really made it! I loved Viv as our main character. She was fierce! Sure, she had her problems to begin with, but she grew and changed, and most importantly, she learned powerful life lessons that helped her not only create Moxie but create amazing friendships. I also really loved that she looked up to her mother so much. I loved her best friend Claudia and enjoyed seeing her grow and change as Viv did. I also loved Lucy and her spunk and influence over Viv. And, we can’t forget Seth and his amazingly big heart and moral compass! This was such a feel-good read! It paid tribute to punk rockers, feminists fighting the good fight, and ambitious teenagers trying to do what’s right. It was a feminist book all young girls should read!
Anonymous 6 months ago
This book is my all time favorite. It is suh an inspiration for women
Anonymous 8 months ago
I'm a teen and I LOVE this book! it is so strong and empowering, and really tells you what it feels like to take a stand. READ THIS, BUY THIS
TheLiteraryPhoenix 11 months ago
Yes yes yes. I KNEW I was going to love this book, and I did. There's so much passion and truth in these pages, sometimes it was hard to remember it's just fiction. I fell in love with Viv and her group of girls, and then I got MAD. Mad about everything to do with East Rockport and her terrible high school where the teachers seems to have given up and the principal is totally okay with boys groping girls in the hall. NO. I love Vivian's anger and how she anonymously inspires so many people and when each individual girl finds strength to speak her truth and stand up for her rights and just EVERYTHING HERE. Jennifer Mathieu talks about intersectional feminism, about educating and not blaming, about not letting people be "set in their ways". I don't know if there's a SINGLE other YA book out there that talks about feminism, let alone a bunch of the sub-issues that go along with it. As a contemporary... okay, it was a little light. Viv's life totally revolved around Moxie, so it was hard to separate her from the movement. But her friendships are wonderful and Seth is a genuinely good guy and I wish them all the best. Can I give this more stars?
JMTJTC 11 months ago
“Making girls monitor their behavior and their appearance because boys are supposedly unable to control themselves? That is one of the oldest f*****g tricks in the book.” Genre: Young Adult Contemporary. Number of Pages: 330. Perspective: First. Location: Texas. Viv starts a Zine asking for her fellow girl classmates to stand together against the sexist guys from her school. Together, they start a feminist revolution. Based on reviews I’ve seen, I’m in the minority here. I really wanted to love this book. It’s about some butt-kicking girl-power teens… or at least that’s what I thought. No, no, no. Out of all the books that should have a romance subplot, this is DEFINITELY not it! WHY?!?! I do like that the boyfriend supports feminism, but the author could have shown male support without a love interest. The main character doubts herself a lot too. For once, I want a non-apologetic and confident female main character ESPECIALLY when it is about protesting. I liked the female friendship and empowerment that eventually happens. We see some growth throughout the book from most of the characters. But, overall, the concept and message overshadowed the individual characters. From what I know about teenagers, they usually like subtle messages rather than being hit over the head with it. I think this will be a divisive book. I don’t think all men will hate this book (at first glance, it could appear to be one of the “all men suck” kind of books, but it really isn’t that). However, because of the content about a first boyfriend and friendship, plus the obvious girl-power undertones, I think more women will read this than men. For my full review, you can go here:
Anonymous 12 months ago
But i already love it and want it to finish this amazing journey.
plainbelliedsneetch More than 1 year ago
A really powerful and moving read... if you're a feminist this is a must-read and even if you're not it's pretty excellent. It changed my views and I'm glad i picked it up! Definitely going to recommend it to some friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m not normally one of those people who is easily riled. But this time? I’m riled. Screaming from the rooftop. Telling you to read this book. And to tell everyone you know to read this book. As an adult, especially as an adult without kids, I’m always outraged when I read that another teenage girl being told to cover up because some stupid boy can’t control himself. But then, I do nothing. Because what really am I supposed to do? Well, this is what I’m doing. Reviewing this book, and spreading the word. Vivian is the main character in Moxie. She’s the daughter of a former Riot Grrrl from the 90’s. I like to think of Viv’s mom as Kat from 10 Things I Hate About You, listening to Bikini Kill, getting into trouble. But Viv? She’s the good girl. The quite one, sitting in the back of the classroom, uncomfortable with speaking out in school, not wanting to make a scene. This is what really strikes me as important about Vivian. That even the quiet girls can make a difference. Especially quiet girls who are outraged. And I loved every minute I was with her, reading her story. Throughout the novel, she discovers her inner-strength and feminism. “it occurs to me that this is what it means to be a feminist. Not a humanist or an equalist or whatever. But a feminist. It’s not a bad word. After today it might be my favorite word. Because really all it is is girls supporting each other and wanting to be treated like human beings in a world that’s always finding ways to tell them they’re not.” And more importantly, she discovers that girls should be supporting each other. Not pushing each other down. The plot of Moxie both amazes and outrages me. I am amazed at how Ms. Mathieu plots the novel. Viv grows as a character, finding confidence in herself. Her relationships with her mother, friends, and boyfriend develop and flourish. I’m outraged that teenage girls have these experiences every day. That is insane. The girls of Moxie band together and take a stand against the boys who treat girls as objects and the administration who turn a blind eye. There is one scene in particular (that I won’t spoil) I had CHILLS while listening. CHILLS people. That’s real feelings. And takes an impressive author to make me feel so strongly. The narration of Moxie is amazing. Ms. Jackson has a knack for capturing each of the characters. Her voices range from teenage girls, parents, teachers and administrators, to teenage boys. Seth (Viv’s boyfriend) is especially well done, with the lower register and inflection that really feels like a teenager. Turn up some angry music and go out and get yourself a copy of this book, pronto. And share it with everyone you know. That’s what I’m going to do. And always remember "Moxie Girls Fight Back!"
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
At Vivian's school the football team rules. There's no money for anything else, it all goes to football. The players get plenty of privileges and this reflects in their attitudes. They are sexist and rude, they think they can bully everyone else and are convinced their opinions are the law. Vivian no longer wants to accept this awful behavior and comes up with a plan. Her mother was a rebel, a feminist with quite a reputation, and Vivian still has her old material. She loves listening to the music and going through old zines. It's the zines that inspire her to develop her own project. To protest Vivian makes her own zine, which she distributes anonymously at school. She encourages girls to stand up for themselves by small ways of joint protest. She's surprised when others start following her lead. However, not everyone is enthusiastic about Vivian's mission and this changes her life at school considerably. Old friendships are being revalued and new bonds inevitably come into existence. While the effect at first is small, a snowball starts to form that won't stop for anything and anyone. Has Vivian created a high school revolution with her zine? Moxie is a fabulous story about feminism, which is a subject I applaud. I really loved how Vivian slowly starts to stand up for what she believes in. She comes across as a little bit shy and not very outspoken, but Vivian finds her voice and it's a strong one. I loved that the zines she’s spreading around her school are part of the book. They look fantastic and I admired how they make girls and boys unite. Moxie shows that sexist behavior shouldn’t be tolerated at all, in a fantastic impressive way. I love how Jennifer Mathieu gives girls a voice and makes her story accessible for a large group of readers. This is a book that can really make a difference and I think it’s a perfect example for teenage girls. Jennifer Mathieu's writing has a nice flow. Her story is fast-paced and there's plenty of action. There's also some lovely sweet romance that made my heart melt. I love how she lets girls stand up for themselves and admire that she's chosen such an amazing topic to write about. Moxie is captivating and creative and the ending gave me goose bumps. I really liked the issue that's being brought to attention in this powerful story and think it's a must-read for young girls.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. If you like this listen to Female by Keith Urban :)
EllenRozek More than 1 year ago
LOVED this story and loved its message. Watching Viv feel her way into feminism, first through an anonymous zine and later through community and protest, was really inspiring and powerful. I super appreciated the emphasis on intersectional feminism, as well as the idea that girls can and should support each other and work together instead of competing against each other. The last forty pages or so made me smile and squeal and tear up because they were so badass and so full of hope. Although I didn't feel that Viv's relationship with Seth was especially important to the larger narrative, I have a lot of respect for the Jennifer Mathieu for including a male character who chooses to start unpacking his privilege. And my (minor) issues with Viv and Seth's romance didn't take away from all the other story aspects I enjoyed. I hope teenage girls from all walks of life find their way to MOXIE, and I hope it helps them to embrace their own power and their own feminism. God knows I might've been a lot more comfortable identifying as a feminist in high school if I'd had Viv and her friends to show me the way.
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
One of the most talked about books of 2018, it felt like everyone was talking about it at some point or another and with good reason, Moxie is the type of book that I needed to read at the end of the year to remind me that when women come together as friends and with a common goal we can do amazing things. Reading about the school environment that Viv was immerse in was stressful to say the least, I could feel myself getting angry at the way girls were treated and also thinking that it probably happens a lot in real school across the world, things like that or worse. My hope is that when young girls/women read this book they feel like I felt, like not all is lost, like there is hope for us to feel safe in the places we spend our time, school, work, etc.
KimMc More than 1 year ago
A sexist, chauvinistic high school's administration and misbehaving boys don't know what hit 'em with Moxie. When Vivian takes her anger and channels it into action, the girls realize that girls supporting each other and fighting for their rights is the way to go. I felt the outrage and my blood boiled along with Vivian at the sexist nonsense happening at their school. Moxie is a great message and delivery. *I received an arc from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
I love Jennifer Mathieu. She has the ability to tackle difficult issues in stories with amazing characters. Her latest book, Moxie, is no different. This time she has created a terrific YA story about feminism where the mother is not a hated character. Vivian has always been curious about her mom’s youth and her time as a Riot Grrrl in the 1990s. Fed up with the way boys in her high school have been treating girls and the double standard when it comes to dress code, she decides to fight back by writing a ‘zine called Moxie. In it she calls for the other girls in the school to join her in standing up and fighting back against sexism. Of course, I loved this story! You know I love strong female characters. I loved Vivian and her friends. I loved the new boy in town who shows that guys can be feminists too. I loved that Vivian had a mostly positive relationship with her mom. I loved the ‘zines and the art in this book. I loved the whole concept. (Although I kind of hate that this type of book had to be written since sexism is still so rampant.) Anyone looking for a feel-good, girl-power story will love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sums up what it's like to be female in a place that considers you leepss important. It's fun, funny, and heartbreaking all at once.
onemused More than 1 year ago
Absolute, emphatic YES! to "Moxie," a book that I'd love to recommend to all high schoolers. Vivian lives in a small Texas town, where football is king and girls are silenced. Raised by a progressive mother who was a Riot Grrrl, Vivian has gone through her mother's old zines and thought a lot about these issues. Constantly confronted by sexist teenage boys who rule the school because they are on the football team (e.g. telling girls to "Make me a Sandwich" when they answer questions in class), Vivian is fed up. The old Riot Grrrl zines speak to her and help her to find her own voice. She uses them as a model to create Moxie zines for their school. Vivian's high school embodies a lot of stories we hear on the news about unfair treatment of female students across the country. This includes behaviors as mentioned above which are less offensive but dangerously tolerated by teachers and faculty (they get no support from administration on any of these problematic behaviors) and escalate to things like the "bump'n'grab" game, where they bump into a girl and use it to grope/molest her. There are also some dangerous systemic issues like the "dress code violations" which single out girls and shame them in front of classmates, because they are a distraction to boys (who are not told to control themselves and wear offensive shirts on the regular). This is a common problem and offers a voice to frustrated teenage girls everywhere. There are also mentions of sexual assault (through retellings of events/not too detailed), which is unfortunately all too common, but good to warn about for people who would want to know before reading. Moxie becomes a voice for the otherwise ignored female students in this toxic environment. Through Moxie, although anonymous, Vivian starts making connections with other girls, from all different social classes and cliques- because ultimately, they are all victims of this sexism. I think this is the really beautiful message of the book- unity to make change. I absolutely loved this section of the book with the quote: "this is what it means to be a feminist. Not a humanist or a whatever. But a feminist. It's not a bad word. After today it might be my favorite word. Because really all it is is girls supporting each other and wanting to be treated like human beings in a world that's always finding ways to tell them they're not." Incredible. The book also approaches feminism for the male ally through a romantic interest for Vivian. What is really great is how they point out that boys have also been "indoctrinated" into the sexist culture, but they can also join the movement without infringing on girls rights to be heard and have safe spaces. I think this was navigated really well overall, and I thought the romance added to the story in this way, rather than detracting from the overall equality/girl power messages. I do wish alcohol had been left out of the book, as it wasn't really necessary to the plot, and teenage drinking does not need to be linked with girl power/feminism. But overall, I found it to be such a powerful book with an incredible message, that I loved it overall anyway. I highly recommend it! Another really great thing about the book was the inclusion of messages/examples about peaceful protests and how to be heard when you are constantly ignored. It's a really fantastic read! Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I got this book so long ago and I can't believe I didn't devour it immediately. Love love loved Vivian. She's smart and scared and fed up and she meshes those things together and creates Moxie. Reading it grow and bring the girls together was fantastic. All of the males were horrid jerks who desperately needed junk punches...excluding one. Plot wise it is empowering and heartbreaking and empowering and sweet and empowering and funny and empowering and swoony and empowering. I felt like I could move mountains after reading this. It was a roller coaster of emotions and if high school girls these days are going through even 1/4 of what happens in this book, I'm disgusted. FYI: there is talk of rape and sexual assault. Overall, it was a quick read and an amazing story with great characters who were easy to root for. Definitely should be required reading. **Huge thanks to Roaring Brook Press for providing the arc free of charge**