This is a spoiler-free review. I will not be giving away any major plot details beyond the premise of the book.
Getting to the point straight away with this review, Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu is easily one of my favourite books of the year so far. It’s about a girl named Vivian who goes to a high school where the football players are sexist, and the faculty do nothing about it because they’re the stars of the school and the captain of the team is the principal’s son. And it’s just the tip of the iceberg (more details on how awful this school is to come). So Vivian decides to fight this by anonymously starting a feminist zine that empowers the girls of the school, and it snowballs into a revolution.
I can’t begin to describe my love for this book – for how important it is. Moxie is the book that every young girl – and boy – needs to read. It put modern feminism into perspective, portraying it perfectly (at least from my understanding). I’m not a girl, and I’ll never understand what it’s like to be one. I can’t speak on behalf of women. But I can say that this is a real issue and more people need to get on board rather than rejecting the concept of feminism. There are so many people nowadays that do because they think feminism and hating men are one in the same and they’re not. And if you disagree and you think feminism isn’t needed – that women are equal to men in society – then keep reading because I’m about to outline just some of the things that happened in this book, which are happening to young girls across the world every day.
Throughout Moxie, Vivian and her female classmates are subjected to sexist slurs from the guys in their classes, and the teachers never do anything about it even when official complaints are made. The school enforces a strict dress code for the girls but not for the boys on the basis that girls shouldn’t be dressing a way that “distracts the boys.” And there are even cases of physical sexual harassment that are swept under the rug by the administration. And these are just a few of the things that go on in this book. Some people may think things like this don’t happen in real life, but they do. Everywhere. All the time.
The story was written well too. Aside from the important message, it was just a really great book. I finished it in just two days because it was an entertaining story that rose and fell in the all the right places. Everything was so well put together, and the characters felt very real. Their emotions came across so easily, and the book’s feminist statements didn’t feel over the top or out of place. Jennifer Mathieu didn’t need to force the reader to see the injustice at Vivian’s school. It just came naturally. This book made me angry, but in the best possible way. It made me feel stronger about feminism and how important it is. This may be a work of fiction, but it speaks the truth.
I really think people need to read this book. For young girls, it could help them understand that they are worthy. For young boys, it could help them understand how their actions impact other people. And for anyone of any age or gender, Moxie could teach them about what feminism really is.
MY RATING: 10/10
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