I hope you’re enjoying Fierce Female Reads February and have been enjoying all of the posts from all the lovely bloggers taking part! Today is my turn and I present to you my Moxie Book tag to celebrate our chosen book for the Fierce Female Reads February read-a-thon!
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think 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 mum was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond and spread the Moxie message. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realises that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.
TIME TO FIGHT LIKE A GIRL
A page-turning read with a feminist message, for anyone who has ever had to deal with #everydaysexism
“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.”
Girls Supporting Girls –Your Favourite female friendship.
Delia and Josie from Rayne and Delilah’s Midnight Matinee by Jeff Zentner, win this one easily. The compliment each other so well, they know how to interpret each other and wants best for their friend. They have their disagreements, as do any friends, but they never stop caring for each other and come to understand the choices each of them has to make for themselves and the path it leads them on, even if it’s apart. (My review for this is coming so soon so keep an eye out for it if you like the sound of this!)
“And you telling me not all guys are like that doesn’t really help me feel better. Because some guys are like that. A lot of them, actually.”
Seth –A book that problems, maybe it made you angry or you just hated it but it worked out in the end.
Only Love Can Break Your Heart, by Katherine Webber. First off I want to say that this book is amazing and got a XXXXX from me in my spoiler-free review but I had a hard time reading the first half to three quarters or so because the main characters and their relationship made me SO MAD. This is intentional, they are not a healthy relationship and a lot of the things they do and ways they act are vile but I feel this is the point, we are only human, we all make mistakes, we can all be selfish and horrid and this book really delves into that and is about recognising that and understanding it. I wasn’t sure I would be able to finish the book but I’m so very glad I did.
“Audre Lorde quote on them. YOUR SILENCE WILL NOT PROTECT YOU.”
GRIT: Girls respecting and inspiring themselves – A book that made you feel inspired.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman is another difficult book to read in the best and most heartbreaking way. Kiko is a character that I feel like a lot of people today could see themselves in; those suffering from depression, anxiety or an unhealthy relationship with an emotionally abusive parent or children of interracial couples who aren’t considered “passing” or have trouble reconciling with their heritage as well as those who are treated differently on a day to day basis for the colour of their skin. Kiko overcomes so very much and it’s not all smooth sailing and the ending is left in a way where we know she still has hardships ahead of her but this book helped me to realise that things are hard a lot of the time and things don’t always magically get better but the way you deal with the way these things make you feel and the actions you take (or don’t) because of that, are important. This book made me aspire to do better and not give up.
“It’s easy to talk to Emma Johnson, I realize. She’s just a nice girl who goes to my high school. That’s probably all she’s ever been.”
Queen Emma – A Book that surprised you.
I’m sure we all know the story now about the time I picked up a pretty book that sounded like a cute, fluffy, fangirl style romance story in space and discovered that it was, in fact, a hair raising on the back of your neck thriller that would give me some of my first book related nightmares. That amazing book was The Loneliest Girl in the Universe! (I reread it last week and you can check out my review here)
“We are marching because those words deserve to be run over. Steam rolled. Flattened to dust. We are marching in our converse and our candy-coloured flip flops and our kitten heels, too. Our legs are moving, our arms are swinging, our mouthes are set in lines, so straight and sharp you could cut themselves on them.
Maybe we hope you do.”
Walkout – A book you just couldn’t finish.
I hate not finishing books but the last one I remember really giving up on was Big Bones by Laura Dockrill. I know a lot of people like this book, including those who, like myself, are larger ladies but I just couldn’t get on with this book. The main character made me furious, she just seemed so lazy and whiny and I some of the food descriptions made me feel genuinely sick. Apparently, it does improve but at the time I was so mad and done that I didn’t want to give it any more of my energy. This isn’t to say it’s a bad book by any means and I liked the idea that plus size ladies, especially ones who like to eat are getting rep but this just wasn’t a book for me.
“Moxie Girls Fight Back! …and hunt you down! …and remember your face! …and take names!”
Show some Moxie – Your Favourite Feminist Read.
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven is by far my favourite feminist read, it’s funny, important, inspiring, painfully eye-opening and a hell of a ride that I honestly wish everyone could and would read. (You can check out my spoiler-free review here, which explains just how much I love this book and why I wish everyone, everywhere could read it).
Thank you so much for checking out my Moxie book tag, I tag EVERYONE! If you want to take part in this book tag consider yourself tagged and let me in the comments if you do so I can check out your answers too! Don’t forget to check out the #FierceFemaleReads hashtag and tomorrow, February 22nd: Cait @ Functionally Fictional will be posting her “Top 10 Fierce Females With Power”