Review - Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu 
Narrated by Suzy Jackson
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group / Recorded Books
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Date Read: March 15, 2019
Length: 336 pages / 8 hours 54 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Library
"Moxie is sweet, funny, and fierce. Read this and then join the fight."—Amy Poehler

An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice.


Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with an administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv's mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the '90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother's past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She's just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!
My Review

I really ended up enjoying this book!  This was a review book that completely slipped through the cracks and was left to sit somewhat forgotten.  By the time I pulled it out of the pile, I didn't completely remember why I had been drawn to it in the first place.  I wasn't too far into the book when I realized just how good this story really was and I had a fantastic time with it.

It has been a long time since I was a teenager or went to high school.  A very long time.  My youngest daughter is currently finishing up her final year of high school and my oldest is a young adult so I have lived with teenagers for quite a few years so I feel like I know what they are like and I thought that this book was filled with realistic teenagers which is one of the things that I really really enjoyed about it.

I wish that the things that happen at Vivian's high school during the course of this book didn't happen.  I know that they happened when I was in school and I don't think it is too much of a stretch to think that they still happen quite often in certain areas.  I was mad.  I was disappointed.  And I was disappointed.  How could the adults let these things happen and not speak up?  How was it that none of the parents of daughters from the school were demanding change?  The one thing that I would have loved to see happen in this book would be for Vivian, or one of her friends, to tell the adult in their life exactly what was going on. 

These girls didn't let others fight their battles though.  Vivian sparks a movement that eventually works its way across her school.  I was so happy to see these girls stand up and fight the things that were wrong together.  It was a very uplifting message about how change can happen if you get enough people to stand up with you. 

I listened to the audiobook version of this book which turned out to be a fantastic choice because Suzy Jackson did a wonderful job with the story.  She really was the voice of Vivian and I thought that she did was able to bring this story to life.  All of the character voices were really well done and I had no problems listening to this book for hours at a time.

I would recommend this book to others.  I had a great time watching this wonderful group of characters fight for a cause that was easy to get behind.  I look forward to reading more of Jennifer Mathieu's work in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from my local library.
About the Author

Jennifer Mathieu is the author of Devoted and The Truth About Alice, the winner of the Children's Choice Book Awards' Teen Choice Debut Author Award. She teaches middle and high school English in Texas, where she lives in the Houston area with her husband and son.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. Moxie itself is quite a thought provoking book, I guess there will always be mean people in the world

  2. Cool that an older book on your pile turned out to be a great one for you and you could get behind the message and the girls.

  3. I love the name Vivian. It was my grandmother's name. I wanted to name my daughter that, but went with it as her middle name. Love seeing it in a book. Glad the audio rocked!

  4. I've heard nothing but good things about this book, but the moment you started asking about the parents and teachers and how did they let this happen.. Now I am put off. The absentee adults in YA books annoy me.

    1. The parents and family are definitely present in the book. I just wished that the teens shared what was going on with their parents. It was actually really realistic the way that it was done because most times, kids do keep a lot of stuff to themselves when parents are right there willing to help.

  5. My daughter is 27, it's been a long time since I was a teenager too. lol Parents just have no idea what really goes on at school most time, I know my parents had no idea hat was going on.

  6. I think I would like this book too.
    Ugh HS

  7. I don't really love YA books but I do love the sound of this one. I think I'll probably skip it but I think my daughter would love it. Glad it was a good one for you!

  8. This sounds interesting. a lot of parents are clueless about the happenings in high school.

  9. I remember hearing really good things about this book. I know parents, no matter how well intentioned or involved, don't always know what's going on in their teenagers' lives- and while I'm sure I would agree in wishing that the kids told their parent stuff, at the same time it sounds like they stand up for themselves and what's right, and I love the sound of that!

  10. This sounds so fun and I'm thinking audible would be the best way to experience it. I'm ready to take a trip back in time to high school:)

  11. I have heard a lot about this book and how wonderful it is! It's on my wishlist because I need some more girl power and very strong books like this. I am glad you were able to really enjoy reading this book after all this time. I love that you are reading some more backlist books ;)

  12. I hope your challenge is going well! I need to get moving on a few of mine that I'm lagging behind on...

  13. I thought Mathieu did a fantastic job with this story. I loved seeing these young women taking on toxic established norms, and all the 90s riot grrrrl references took me back.

  14. I loved this book so much - I just found it was really diverse in the areas of feminism and points it raised and discussed!


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