Jennifer Mathieu is a genius. An actual genius.
So Moxie is started by a girl who is fed up of how sexist her school is. Everything from the uniform checks to the guys who get away with everything is just so damn accurate.
Even if you were pretty invisible at school you’ve probably had your bra strap pinged or had someone make inappropriate comments. Every woman knows someone who’s been harassed.
This book really highlights how the little things are actually a big deal and should be sanctioned even if your school just passes it off as boys being boys.
Even the way girls get in trouble for skirts above the knee, for wearing too much make up. Heck I know girls who weren’t even wearing any make up get handed wet wipes.
I wish every school had to read this book in citizenship or whatever because everyone can learn something from it.
On to the story – the main character, Vivian, is excellent. She’s a quiet, shy girl who decides she’s had enough of it all.
I loved how the girls all rallied together. The ending was perfect. The friendship was excellent.
I loved Vivian’s relationship with her Mum. It was endearing and her Mum was just the right balance of cool without being undrealistic.
I loved the romance and how it showed that guys aren’t all bad and can learn when they get things wrong.
I loved how to showed girls are often discouraged from leadership roles in school and encouraged to do more supportive things.
Basically, it was the best contemporary I’ve read in a while and didn’t even mind that it was predictable.
I’m just happy girls growing up have books like this to read!
Do you have any favourite contemporary YA books? Let me know in the comments!