MOXIE Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Welcome to today’s stop on the MOXIE Blog Tour!

For my stop today I’ll be sharing just a few of my thoughts about the kick-a** book by Jennifer Mathieu which released on September 19th. There is also a giveaway, courtesy of the publisher, so if you’d like the chance to win a copy of the book and some swag and you have a US mailing address, enter in the Rafflecopter below.

And if you’d like to check out some of the other fab stops on this tour, scroll down for the schedule!

First, though, here’s some information about MOXIE!


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Title: MOXIE
Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Release date: September 19, 2017
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook



An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice.


Vivan Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the 90’s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!


Note: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.

The Review

MOXIE is an empowering and fierce and wildly entertaining read that will make you want to cheer for Grrrl Power! With a heroine who grows stronger as the story progresses, to the new girl who is anxious to join the fight, to the group of girls who are sick of the injustice, to their classmates who stand ready to rally behind them, Jennifer Mathieu’s new novel is exciting and uplifting and powerful and motivating.

For years, Vivian Carter stayed under the radar at East Rockport High. She accepted the status quo so long as it meant the spotlight wouldn’t be on her. It’s not like she could change anything in her small town where football is everything. She just needs to do her time and hope that in college things will be different.

But when Mitchell Wilson tells yet another girl to make him a sandwich, she can’t help but cringe. When her grandparents remind her just how “dutiful” she is compared to her rebellious mother, it chafes. And when another member of the football team gets a pass for wearing an offensive t-shirt but the girls in her class get called out for dress code violations, she can no longer keep quiet.

She has to fight back. And she hopes that she’s not the only one with enough moxie to stand up for what is right and stand against those who think inequality is okay.

Author Jennifer Mathieu penned a novel that is as informative and encouraging as it is captivating and heartwarming. Through her story she points out inequality, unfairness, misperceptions, and the imbalance in treatment of the sexes. She shares a more positive view of what feminism is. And she does so in a way that will open readers’ eyes and keep them open.

Her heroine, Viv, isn’t perfect and isn’t always brave, but she is conscientious, open-minded, learns from her mistakes, gains strength from the courage she instills in others, and is willing to let others lead so that they too can find their strength. And by the story’s end she becomes someone you’d be ready to go into battle with side-by-side.

MOXIE is not just an important story for girls of any age – it’s an important story for all readers. It is a call to action. It is a reminder that bias and sexism still exist. It shows us that girls do have power and can make a difference when they act together instead of against one another.

And with a cool zine (don’t call it a newsletter), a late night copy store worker who can keep a secret, a cute boy who is not afraid of a strong and rebellious girl, and a battle cry – MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK! – this is an absolutely, positively, definitely must read.

The Rating

About Jennifer Mathieu

Photo credit: Pablo Gamez

Jennifer Mathieu started writing stories when she was in kindergarten and now teaches English to high school students. She won the Teen Choice Debut Author Award at the Children’s Choice Book Awards for her first novel, The Truth About Alice. She is also the author of Devoted and Afterward. She lives in Texas with her husband, son, and dog.


The Giveaway

Courtesy of the publisher…

ONE (1) winner will receive a hardcover copy of MOXIE, a MOXIE pendant, and a MOXIE button – US only

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Giveaway is US only
  • There will be one winner
  • Prizing will be sent by the publisher
  • Giveaway ends Friday, September 29th at 11:59P Pacific
  • Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter, announced in the post and contacted by email
  • Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen

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