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Jennifer Mathieu on Feminism, ‘Moxie’, and Fighting Back

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Picking a favorite book can be tough for any reader, but we can’t deny that Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie is high on our list. This young adult novel takes readers to an average high school where a quiet girl named Vivian decides that she’s done putting up with sexist behavior. Inspired by her mom’s punk rock zines from the 90s, Viv decides to start a feminist movement, encouraging other girls to join together, stand up, and fight back. Here, Mathieu talks about young feminists today, the importance of intersectionality, and why this book is a love letter to her students. Bookish: You dedicate this book to teens and women fighting for equality, but also to…

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Dearly Departed: Boys Who Need to Bounce

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I’m a big fan of romance. My motto is: the more kissing, the better. And for the most part, I’m willing to give characters the benefit of the doubt. For example, her old flame just showed up and he’s wreaking havoc in her life? No problem. Her new co-worker keeps giving her the eye? Let’s see what happens. But every once in a while I run into a couple that just doesn’t work. Their love is too needy, too filled with lies and cheating, or just plain boring. So, armed with a vivid imagination and the power of the Internet, I’ve decided to “fix” these broken couples, even though it may result in a “ship” war. Here are two relationships I…

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