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Fiction: Realistic Fiction, Feminism,
Humor, Sexism, Bullying
"Moxie is sweet, funny, and fierce. Read this and then join the fight."--Amy Poehler
By: Jennifer Mathieu
Book Group Leader: Karine Marineau
Goodreads: 4.47 Stars
Amazon: 4.7 Stars
Ms. Smith’s Review: 5 Stars “I wish that I had had someone like Vivian Carter to help me become "woke" to the idea of resistance when I went to HS. In Vivian, Mathieu creates a heroine that we all can relate to. She is a funny, complacent, and insecure teenager who fights the small Texas town sexist culture in her school by developing and creating the idea of Moxie girlz.”
Awards/Honors: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fiction (2017). Starred reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal.
Gr 8 Up-This novel is full of wit, insight, and moxie. Vivian is the dutiful daughter of a former 1990s Riot Grrl. While her mom raged against the machine and published feminist zines in her youth, Viv prefers getting good grades and keeping a low profile. That is, until things at her small town's high school go too far. There are double standards for football players and everyone else, arbitrary dress code crackdowns that apply only to girls, and covered-up assaults happening right in the hallways. Vivian and her friends band together and decide they've had enough, but how can they push back without risking expulsion by a corrupt school administration? This is a fun, fresh, and inspiring read for anyone looking for a teenage take on modern feminism. Vivian gradually, and realistically, realizes how troubling sexism is, showing a great deal of introspection, which will likely appeal to readers who might not identify as feminists and those who already do. The author also takes care to include girls of color and boys in the novel's many conversations around the topic, emphasizing the importance of intersectional feminism. VERDICT Highly recommended for all teens, but especially those who would enjoy realistic coming-of-age fiction with female empowerment.-Emily Grace Le May, Providence Community Library © Copyright 2017.