Happy first Friday in August! Are you ready for the back-to-school rush? (The correct answer is no!) I’ve been dealing with a lot this summer and growing up emotionally, so I think it is fitting to dedicate this Friday 56 to a book about feminism and growing up. As always, be sure to check out the #Friday56 by Freda’s Voice and Book Beginnings by Rose City Reader at their respective blogs. Remember, it’s all about community!
Moxie – Jennifer Mathieu
Moxie is about women creating spaces for women to be women. That’s it. There’s no “elusive feminist agenda” here. It’s exactly what it says on the tin. So, why should you read this? Moxie is about Vivian, a high school junior who wants to do something about the increasingly sexist behavior at East Rockport High School, so she decides to follow in her mom’s footsteps and start a zine. What Vivian doesn’t realize is that she’s set in motion a movement that grows beyond a zine into bakesales, VFW hall fundraisers, and a schoolwide walkout.
The book is FABULOUS. It’s great to read a book from the point of view of a young woman trying to find her way in the world. It took me back to my own high school years of angry music and an intense, other worldly longing for tattoos, piercings, and vibrant hair (hey! look at how far I’ve come in achieving that “dream”).
My English teacher, Mr. Davies, rubs a hand over his military buzz cut. There’s sweat beading at his hairline, and he puffs out his ruddy cheeks. He looks like a drunk porcupine.
I don’t turn around. It’s one thing to criticize Mitchell in the pages of Moxie. But being in his sightline as he reads my words make my Moxie secret terrifying instead of thrilling.
So, what do you think readers? Is Moxie on your to-be-read list yet?