Saturday, 23 September 2017

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

If I had to be a teenage girl all over again, I'd want to be a Moxie Girl.  Vivian didn't plan to be a Moxie Girl, nor did she think she had the power to change the establishment. but she knew there was something very wrong at her high school.  All the prestige, all the funding and all the attention was lavished on the male football team.  It's members could do no wrong, and when they did, it was ignored, swept under the carpet.

When Viv couldn't accept this attitude any longer, she created a zine with a feminist message and secretly distributed it around the school.  She started something that wasn't going away.

As the story progressed, I grew to like Viv more and more.  She had found her voice and had a message worth listening to.  I did wish that she had told her mom what was happening at school, but there is only so much that teens confide to their parents.  With the help of her best friend and several new friends, they presented a message that couldn't be ignored.

Words have power when they reach a receptive audience.  I'd like to see this book in the hands of all young women.  Classroom discussions on respect and equality regardless of sex, skin colour and race should be ongoing.  As a society we lose so much when any one group is suppressed.  Go Moxie Grrrls.  Yes, I loved this book and the message that it carries. 

 I received and advanced reader ecopy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc., in exchange for an honest review.

Cover image courtesy MacMillan Publishers.


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