AFTER Netflix’s film adaptation, I would ask anyone who enjoys watching Moxie to read the book it is based on, especially young girls from around 12 years old.
It can be difficult to find strong and believable female leads for young readers to look up to and look up to as role models. He’s the typical character that I always look for and a character that Jennifer Mathieu captures with Viv in this novel.
Viv builds strength and resilience over time and shows that being truly caring and doing what you can for a cause with the materials and knowledge you have can really make an impact.
It’s a story that puts activism into perspective in a readable, engaging, and even inspiring way and immediately comes to mind as recommended for YA feminist novels.
Growing up in Texas, Viv has always been good, calm, and normal, never getting too involved in conflict, and while it seems easier, it quickly dawns on her that what’s easy isn’t always what is. correct.
The constant and occasional sexism of the young men in her high school pushes Vivian to a breaking point where she realizes following the rules won’t work anymore. It is from this revelation that she learns about her mother’s history in the 1990s as a devoted Riot Grrrl and draws inspiration from it to challenge her school’s outdated views, including unfair dress codes and social distancing. football team’s cruel immunity to criticism.
Her silent rebellion begins with the anonymous creation of a fanzine which she leaves in the girls’ bathroom before school to keep her identity hidden and which discusses issues with her school’s culture of misogyny.
The popularity of her fanzine – Moxie – is mounting with speculation about its creator and what was once a girl’s attempt to highlight unacceptable male behavior becomes far bigger than she could ever have imagined. .
The support code for Moxie is to draw stars on your hand, and seeing this symbol all over school inspires Vivian to work harder, starting a school-wide revolution to demand that the way girls there were processed stops.
Thanks to this, she makes allies she could not expect from girls who never thought of themselves as feminists before.
After a major protest that changes everything, Moxie becomes a national phenomenon, helping girls struggling in their own schools find the courage to speak out.
However, it is not only in fiction that Vivian’s journey inspires. This book has real impact in real life.
This is exactly the kind of story young girls should read today. Although this is a young adult novel, I would recommend it even to older readers looking for an uplifting story with an inspiring young woman at its heart.