Today I recommend: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu.

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules. In a small Texas town where high school football reigns supreme, Viv, sixteen, starts a feminist revolution using anonymously-written zines. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

This was an inspiring read that really celebrates girl power! The book tackles the sexism in the random dress code checks as well as sexual harassment that occurs at the high school that Vivian attends. There are no easy solutions, and Vivian and the rest of characters struggle in a realistic way to figure out how to confront these problems. The inclusion of illustrated pages from the zines really brings the idea of ‘Moxie’ to life.

This is such an important read, and one of my favorite ideas expressed in the book is the following: “This is what it means to be a feminist. Not a humanist or an equalist or whatever. But a feminist. It’s not a bad word. After today it might be my favorite word. Because really all it is is girls supporting each other and wanting to be treated like human beings in a world that’s always finding ways to tell them they’re not.” (pg. 269)

I highly recommend this book, and it can be found in the Young Adult section at YA MATHIEU.