It has been a while since I had a book that got me riled up like THUG did it for me. When I saw Moxie, I thought it would be my ticket to reaching it again. Well, to know if it happened or not, you should read my review ahead.
About the book
Book Name: Moxie
Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Genre: Fiction – YA
Characters: Vivian, Seth, Claudia, Lucy
Setting: The USA
When the boys at Vivian’s school get away with their sexist slogans and actions, Vivian circulates out feminist zine called Moxie anonymously to bring the girls together. Her actions and ideas garner attention and soon the school girls walk out to support one of theirs claims. How Viv and her friends stand up to the toxic environment forms the rest of Moxie.
My initial thoughts
Moxie talks about topics that are highly relevant today – feminism and rape culture. It highlights the importance of speaking out and the power of collective voice.
I loved how the shy and obedient Vivian turned to be the voice of the rebellion and protest. The story may have been written for a younger audience but worked for me – to an extent. But then, the story also had its flaws that left me unimpressed.
Things that worked for me
- I adored the new and old female friendships that were formed during the story.
- The messages on feminism and rape culture certainly made me worked up and agitated.
Things that didn’t work for me
- Some of the characters were so one dimensional that they seemed straight out of a parody.
- The romance between Seth and Viv was so forced and the book could have easily been romance free.
- While there were adults involved, why the situation was never brought to their notice?
Bottom – line
If you are looking for a book to help to start a conversation about feminism with your niece or nephew Moxie may be the one for you. I felt it was more of a middle grade book than a Young Adult literature.
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Have you read this one? How do you distinguish between Middle grade and YA? Suggest some feminism books please. Let us talk.