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Publisher's Summary

Punk rock zines inspire a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Matheiu, author of The Truth About Alice.

Moxie girls fight back!

Vivian Carter's mom was a Riot Grrrl in the 1990s, but now she and Viv live a pretty quiet life in a small Texas town. When Viv witnesses a series of sexist incidents at her high school, she takes a page from her mom's past and makes a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. Viv is just blowing off steam, but before she knows it she's started a revolution.

The latest novel from Jennifer Mathieu offers everything fans love about her writing - a relatable protagonist with a distinct voice, a conflict relevant to current events, and, ultimately, a story that is both heartbreaking and hopeful.

©2017 Jennifer Mathieu (P)2017 Recorded Books

Featured Article: Why Riot Grrrl Still Matters


In the early 1990s in the hazy fog of the Pacific Northwest, a movement was brewing. A gathering of women convened in Olympia, the capital of Washington State, to discuss the pitfalls that plagued their local punk scene—an environment rocked by sexism that was, at best, uncomfortable and, at worst, openly hostile to fans and artists who didn't mirror lineups dominated by straight white men. Whether Bikini Kill holds a prime spot on your playlist or you've yet to hear the drumbeat born from a woman oppressed, these listens offer a fully-fledged history of the riot grrrl revolution.

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Loved it!

<strong>Loved it!</strong>

It was a little forced with the messaging, but all together this was a great book. The message is important and valid... I just wish it had blended into the story a little better. The character of Seth was awesome, but felt almost like a caricature of a male feminist supporter. Still, it was nice of the author to show what a healthy relationship looks like in a YA novel. Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry

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The story I wish I had

This is a story I wish I had in high school when I was struggling with these issues. I am still processing all of the things that happened (hello 13 years later), and how it has impacted my life and what I did accomplish then and how it may have helped others.

However, I have to say, I was disappointed with the mom character and I hope the movie corrects for this. For a woman who went through the 90's rebelling against "the man" and "the system" for much of her youth, she was surprisingly bland about what her daughter ended up standing for and how difficult it was to make that stand as a female who began her journey just trying to blend into the wallpaper (so to speak). I think there was too much emphasis on her being a "good" kid and that ultimately the stand she made out her on the fringes of that status.

I am a mother now to a 2yo girl and if she does something like this to stand up for social justice in her school/town, I would be be jumping up and down for freaking joy that my girl had the guts, the MOXIE, to call out what was wrong with society and shine a damn light on those issues and force people to confront the uncomfortable truths of their unjust behavior.

So. I loved the protagonist, she was great and I think the writer caught a lot of the nuance of what it means to be a high schooler and still want to make things better under the pressure of fitting in. I also liked how the issues with explaining feminism were brought up and handled. It's not a bad word. It's my second favorite F word. Go read the book.

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Perfect way to start 2021

Wow! This was incredible, my only wish was to get through it faster and simultaneously hope it would never end. This book has a little bit of everything for everyone. And I for one know through and through I’m a Moxie girl! There is a Moxie movie coming out in March on Netflix and I can’t wait for that either! Thank you Jennifer Matthieu. Thank you.

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A must read!!!

I really enjoyed this book. I was literally hooked from the first chapter. It's more of a young adult book but adults will enjoy it too. Totally relevant with the Me Too movement today.

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Great book

This book is a great read. It very empowering for girl and women alike. It's a great representation of young women advocacy. I love how its also inspired by the riot girrrrl movement from the 90s. Great book and great message.

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Fabulous Feminist YA Fiction

LOVED this! This and Amy Reed’s Nowhere Girls are the books I needed in high school. Highly recommended! The reader is also really wonderful.

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A great book about being a girl in high school

This book was so well done and the narration fits the book perfectly. Many of the examples in this book are what girls experience in high school everywhere. Moxie gives hope and a voice to that experience.

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I loved this audiobook!
The narrator does a fantastic job at differentiating between characters voice. This is the first Suzy Jackson book I've read and from the samples I've heard of the others seems a lot more tame and light hearted.
Viv is a teenage girl going to a very southern Texas school, its racist and sexist and all about football. Her mother used to be a rebellious feminist teen but Viv didn't think she inherited any of that until events at school pushes her over the edge.

There are a few mentions of assault but the book doesn't go into detail.

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Made me rage and cheer! Moxie girls fight back!

Not going to lie, I expected this book to be a little irritating. “Moxie” seems so old fashioned. But I loved everything about it. The characters were multidimensional. The indignities the girls suffered felt real. The voice acting was perfect. Read it. Read it with your teenage kids of any gender. You’ll be glad you did.

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Great performance!

I loved Suzy’s performance! All her voices made me feel so in the story and now I can only picture Viv with her voice (and the other characters too!). I listened into one sitting, no regrets!

The story is amazing, so engaging and exciting!