When Vivian Carter witnesses an increasing amount of sexist incidents at her high school, she is reminded of her mother’s Riot Grrrl days in the 90’s. Inspired by those women, Vivian anonymously creates a feminist zine that she leaves out for the other female students to find. Little did she know that her outlet for venting has started a revolution larger than she would have thought possible.
YASSSSSSS. This book. THIS. BOOK.
More than ever, this book is such an important one to read right now. There’s a whole new generation of young people – female and male – that have become hyper aware to the injustices that are happening around them. There’s a reason that phrases like “Nasty Woman” and “Nevertheless, She Persisted” became rally cries over the last year. There’s a reason that the Fearless Girl statue in NYC’s financial district is perpetually swarmed with people wanting to take a photo of this new modern-day symbol of resistance.
I loved the approach that Mathieu took with her characters, showing that things are not always simply black and white. She illustrated the nuances and different ways that people react to and process feminist ideas which, I felt, was a very realistic portrayal of the variety of people that we may encounter. Everything from those who choose not to see wrongdoing to those that are proud and vocal, to – like the protagonist in this story – those who are slowly becoming aware and taking a stand.
The sense of justice in this book really fires me up. I hate bullies. I love it when they get their comeuppance. More than that, I loved the growth in many of the characters, not just with Vivian. It’s truly the journey that makes this story build in such a memorable way. The grassroots style of social justice and growth of a revolution is a wonderful moment to behold in these pages. Truly, books don’t often make me cry. I actually have never cried while reading a book before but there were moments in Moxie where I got really emotional. I was overcome with an overwhelming feeling of je ne sais quoi at a particular pique moment in this book – it was a bit of joy, a bit of pride, a bit of justice and a whole lotta yesssssssss!
Moxie also opened my eyes further to the world of zines. I had heard of them and perused a few but I don’t think I ever fully understood it until this book. It has definitely inspired me to make my own and see what other people create.
This book is a breath of fresh air – an inspiring and empowering read that, I feel, really helps to “humanize” what being a feminist means. It’s not some scary term that people should be afraid to label themselves as. It’s you and I, female or male, young or old. It’s anyone who wants to see women and men treated fairly and equally.
Moxie Girls Fight Back!
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— Julie Murphy (@andimJULIE) September 2, 2017