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Moxie

by Jennifer Mathieu


Spoiler- Free Synopsis:


Moxie girls fight back!


Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.


Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so 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. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.



(Please bear in mind that Booksy was very irate, annoyed, vexed, infuriated, galled... um... add other synonyms of 'angry' here, porfavor. So we attribute all crazy-sounding spiels to that self. Thank you, and we hope you enjoy this very poor, and very not professional production. Aka, ranting)


Rating: 4.1


Feminism: the advocacy of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.


You can still be a feminist and think that guys are decent.

You can still be a feminist and be soft-spoken

You can still be a feminist and be shy

You can still be a feminist and love pink

You can still be a feminist and have soft hair

You can still be a feminist and scream all that your heart desires

You can still be a feminist and listen to music made by guys

You can still be a feminist!


That's what I wanted to tell all the characters in this book.


Being a feminist doesn’t come to rules about appearances. Moxie was not perfect for me because of this small inconsistency. It mentioned girls who loved big hair and punk and yelling (which I totally support because I do all three of those things). It described women who were strong and loud in their views (which I completely and wholeheartedly admire). But it encompasses so much more than that.


Being a feminist doesn’t mean hating the male population. Actually, a lot of them are awesome, amazing, and utterly cool! You don’t have to dislike the good ones just because they don’t understand the complete struggle.


Because how could they? Right? Some of them might have experienced harassment one way or another, so why should we exclude them because they don’t understand? Men can be feminists too.

I think that’s one of the more prominent thoughts that invaded my mind throughout this book. I loved the representation and shining a light on so many horrible things that happen nowadays. But according to Moxie. There aren’t that many good guys. And that exasperated me just a tad.


Trying to speak from experience (hehehe, me, speaking from experience. I sound 90 years old), when I was younger, I loved playing with the boys in the park. And I like to think that they liked playing with me too. We were united, I guess. I don’t know if it was because I was bigger than most, or taller than a lot, but we got along wonderfully. I had the privilege of growing up without apparent sexism in my life, and I’m lucky. I truly get that. And I’m so sorry for girls and guys who grew up in such places in which being harassed is normal and even ignored. Because that should not even exist.



The plot of this novel is very much the latter of the mentioned above. I loved it and was absolutely furious at the same time, because it is so unfair. Such a crappy idea that still exists, such a disgusting view that still persists nowadays. I really don’t know if this book exaggerated the worst of this topic. But I know that whatever includes everything or even just a speck of what was represented, is not right! It is not right to assault someone, it is definitely not right to make them feel less than.

The writing was definitely awkward at times, implying a few overused phrases that were impossible to miss, but it got the message across as pungently and honest as it could’ve ever done it. I still disliked some parts but overall, it didn't annoy me much.


Characters in this story would be difficult to describe because I didn’t completely understand them.


The MC was meant to be this icon, no? But at times, she came off as judgmental and short-sighted. Being too defensive and rude, definitely too quickly. Especially towards her boyfriend. I imagine that she didn’t mean it that way, perhaps I could’ve been a little more lenient from judging her myself. However, I believe that she should've been able to see the other side of the equation as well, but I really don’t want to get into that out of fear of offending anybody. She created Moxie, her bravery was an amazing surprise. I truly loved her character development, although glossed over, it made me not hate her as much. *snort* Wow, such an improvement.

Now, this fact left me gobsmacked and confuzzled as heck.


The love interest was a good addition to the story and represented that not all the members of the male species are awful jerks. Which, helloooooo, there definitely should’ve been more of!! Gah, there I go, getting all angry and ish. Calmness. Calminissitiness be blessed upon you.

He was nice, kind, gentle, and a great boyfriend, till about halfway through. Again, *cracks knuckles* NOT ALL GUYS HAVE TO BE BAD. And I believe it with my whole soul because we're in a modern society. This guy didn't have to be made as naive as was represented, because a lot of them are actually aware of the problems. But I actually understand why it was done. Annoyed. But understood it as well.

The rest of the cast was vivid and actually made me want to know more of them. I still hold true to the fact that Lucy should've been the MC. Yep, still holding onto that. The reality of what most of them went through made me appreciate them all the more.


Now, hahaha (there's always a cackle somewhere in my review, I swear), Mitchell and The Idiots.


I just have a little to say about them because frankly, I get too riled up with this kind of stuff to be able to function without using caps all the time.

Why?

That's my question.

Why act like that?

Do you need attention? Someone, to make you a 'sandwich' because you're too incapable of doing it yourselves?

Is that why your sexism is as normal as breathing?

*whispering* Because you grew up thinking you were worth the world and were furious when you found out that you weren't even worth a care?

Hm, I will never understand the lack of common sense, brain activity, and breath-wasting ability all of you seem capable of having since birth. *sigh* It truly amazes me how you think that any of it will help you get the help you need to get over your humongous ego. And lack of IQ, of course.


Just remember this one, eh? Every girl and guy you put down, in such an ever changing society...

Will watch you burn and let your ego fizzle out to nothing.

Just

Like

You.


*cleans hands* Haha, that got a little away from me back there. It just made me furious, I think. Yeah, perhaps so.

On a closing note, I want to say that this was a very enjoyable read (which got me out of the gosh-forsaken reading slump which somehow seems to come back clingier than ever). There were plenty of things which I agreed with and a magnitude of others which I didn't. Alas, I shall admit that I'm no genius in this sort of topic. There were a lot of things I think shouldn't have been forgotten as quickly as they were, however, this was an enthralling story about girls fighting back against a system that was made to destroy their voices. And I relished that quite a bit.

I'll leave off with a final message from Angry Booksy which I'm too lazy to actually edit off. *snickering*


Lady: a polite or formal way of referring to a woman.

a woman of good social position.

It doesn't say to be silent

It doesn't say to be passive

it doesn't say to be quiet

it doesn't say to make you a dang sandwich


Do it your darn self if you want it so much.


HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • The way certain themes such as race were handled in the story was amazing.

  • I adore the minimal romance aspect of it. MINIMAL. *sigh* Such a nice thing to be able to say.

  • The fact that the ending was very satisfying and didn't destroy the book as a whole. That is a real miracle right there.

  • And as always... it made me feel something. Mainly a mix of anger, sadness, pride, anger, anger, anger. Totally healthy emotions, if I do say so myself.

Now excuse me, it's time to bury myself with incredibly cheesy rom coms.

This excited me too much.

I'm too old for this-



To be honest, I read it to watch the movie. *cackle*

Also, I had to google the word 'moxie'. I thought it was a dru-