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Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Moxie girls fight back!
This book is like a breath of fresh air. It’s so powerful; it’s chock full of feminism, female friendships, and girls standing up for girls. Jennifer’s writing is so compelling, it made me want to knee slide around the house.
Sick of the sexist remarks made by boys at her school, sick of girls being pulled out of glasses for ‘distracting boys’ with their clothing choices, Viv creates an anonymous zine called Moxie, inspired by her own mother’s Riot Grrrl days. Not sure what to expect, Viv is surprised when Moxie gains a small amount of support from some of the girls. They challenge their headteacher, the boys who view girls as objects, the teachers who stand by and let it happen.
I loved how Moxie wasn’t just a quick, overnight light bulb moment; people were sceptical at first, and slowly but surely more people become devoted to the cause.
I also loved how Viv didn’t view Moxie as hers; she created it for the girls, not just herself, and welcomes it when other girls adopt the name and the cause.
Viv was a very realistic sixteen year old; sometimes authors try to write teenagers and they turn out more like a twenty five year old. But Viv was a perfect mix of curiosity and vulnerability and childishness and confusion. There were times where she was a bit of a brat – mainly when it concerned her mother’s new boyfriend – but she means well. Her character arc is absolutely fab – she goes from being scared and unsure of herself, not willing to be a leader and standing up against people, to marching with her fellow girls in protest and standing up and speaking out.
The unity between the girls had me in tears, with chills all over my body. Girls standing up for girls, girls supporting one another – I could have swooned.
And we have a head cheerleader who isn’t demonised! Who is actually nice! What a time to be alive.
THIS is the kind of message we should be promoting. That girls should be united, should stand together, and should never be threatened by another’s presence or looks or race. And that female friendships are so, so precious.
Everyone – whether you identify as a feminist or not – should read this book. Everyone.