Review: Moxie

MoxieMoxie by Jennifer Mathieu

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BOOK: 

I read this one day 🙂 This story has made me feel liberated and powerful and want to be active for a change!

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CHARACTERS/DYNAMICS: 

Vivian: a kickass protagonist! One of the most magnificent YA female leads I can dream of. Except for her unnatural use of “like”. Vivian is smart and level-headed. Her reasoning is beyond admirable. 

Seth: is such a dreamboat. He is the ideal partner for any feminist (though, personally not for me!) He’s the most mature YA male I’ve ever read. Why can’t the world be made of Seth’s?

Claudia: absolutely hated her. Yes, I feel sympathy for what she suffered, but to the very end, she was a coward. She is and always will be the figurehead of the complacent and privileged female. She’s basically the human version of a privileged person saying they prefer not to get “political”.

Principal and Asshole Son, Wilson: I wish more happened to them. Violently.

 

PLOT: 

The plot is not very suspenseful. It’s mature, and it completely cuts out the “oh no if only Romeo got Juliet’s letter” miscommunication that’s in most YA plots. There’s such an uplifting and unapologetic tone to this book, it makes me feel firm and strong for what I stand for. AND it’s not “crazy SJW from Tumblr” stuff. So you’re safe. This book should be mandatory for all teens.

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What do you mean real American high schools weren’t like High School Musical??? 

One gripe I have with this story is; although there are elements of impressive and super realistic characters, the issues are heavily exaggerated in events that would NEVER occur. At least in most high schools. But who knows? Maybe American schools ARE that melodramatic. That’s what movies have shown me 😛

 

STRUCTURE: 

Part 1: I don’t like these annoying boys
Part 2: my mum has a boyfriend. I have a boyfriend. I still don’t like annoying boys.
Part 3: MASS DESTRUCTION, DEATH, THE ANTICHRIST HAS RISEN.
Part 4: fun sleepover to end the tale of the Moxie girls 🙂

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THEMES:

  • feminism (duh, you dumbass)
  • teen advocacy
  • intersectionality
  • misogyny
  • social justice
  • 🌸 girl power 🌸

 

QUOTES:

“And you telling me not all guys are like that doesn’t really help me feel better. Because some guys are like that. A lot of them, actually.”

 

THE ENDING:

Extremely rushed out. Of course, I can’t expect that sexist was diminished, and women were treated like queens. That hasn’t happened in real life…… ever. But I would have liked to see a further arc to the revenge of the rapist-footballer-jerk Wilson/Winton/Winston (Whatever His Name Is [clearly I don’t care that much, or else I would’ve remembered his name]).

 

IMPACT:

It makes me feel unapologetic. I am eternally grateful for this attitude.

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