Review: Moxie | Jennifer Mathieu

“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.”

Book Info

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. For a complete summary, you can go here.

Book Review

TL;DR: I liked the female friendship and empowerment that eventually happen, but the concept and message overshadowed the individual characters.

Rating: 3/5

Full Review: Based on the 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.

It is worth a read and it can be powerful for preteen and teenagers to get a better idea about appropriate ways to treat women and how to stand up if that isn’t happening. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!

My Rating

3 star

“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.”

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