Tournament of Books, Round Three: Moxie vs Allegedly

At this point in the Tournament of Books, the books are not necessarily related to one another. They aren’t necessarily the same genre or even the same format. That being said, I happened to get two contemporary and novels that explore timely issues which made the comparison a little more clear-cut for me.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

moxieMoxie is about Vivian Carter. She has lived in the same small Texas town her entire life. It is a place where football rules and football players are allowed to do whatever they want to whomever they want. Viv has had enough. Inspired by her mom’s Riot Grrrl teens, she creates Moxie an anonymous zine to empower her fellow female students to start fighting back. It starts slowly but it isn’t long until Moxie builds into a movement. It is a good book. It is a good introduction to feminism and starting a movement. It isn’t as good at intersectionality and it is pretty tidy. That being said, this is a great introduction to the idea of feminism and finding your voice when you feel you don’t have one.

Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson

41Pkis9KXqL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Allegedly is the story of Mary B. Addison who killed a baby when she was nine. Allegedly. She is out of jail and living in a group home. Her vision of what her life could be now is not aligned with the vision of the justice system or the public that convicted her six years ago. She didn’t have much of a reason to set the story straight until she met Ted and became pregnant. Now she needs to speak up to keep her baby. This is one of those books that you think you have figured out, until you don’t. And then you don’t again. It also isn’t a perfect book. Maybe it would have been better if you knew what happened at the end and worked your way through from there? It is compelling, sad, and gritty. It is a look inside the juvenile justice system from a new angle. It is also definitely worth reading.

And the winner is…


Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson

I read Moxie first so I was pretty sure as I was reading Allegedly that I knew it was going to eke its way out in front for me. It turns out that the last chapter of Allegedly made this round a buzzerbeater (to borrow a sportsball phrase) but ultimately it was the stronger book. Allegedly goes to the next round.


Becca Boland is the Teen Librarian/Assistant Head of Popular Materials at the Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich. She has been a proud teen librarian for over a decade and was honored to receive the ILA Young Adult Librarian of the Year Award in 2016. She talks about books (teen and otherwise) on Ela’s podcast, Three Books.


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