Moxie by Alex Poppe – Book Review

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I’m taking part in the MOXIE Publication Blog Blitz. I was asked to read and review this debut novel by Alex Poppe. Alex Poppe’s short fiction novel Girl, World which was published in 2017 was named a 35 Over 35 Debut Book Award winner, First Horizon Award finalist, Montaigne Medal finalist, and was short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize.

You can follow Alex Poppe on Twitter or Facebook here.

This book was really not what I expected and I am a bit skeptical about reading a book that I haven’t heard of,  but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I’m going to tell you why.


Once I had started this book, I was taken away from my world and finished it in one sitting!

The story follows a woman named Jax, who has been involved in a nasty accident in which she lost half of her face. Before the accident, Jax had a successful modeling career. After the accident, she lost a lot more than just her face, she lost her confidence and her career. She is haunted by her own mind and struggles to face her own demons. She knows that she needs help but refuses to seek or accept anyone who offer’s her any.

She struggles to let other people in and tend to push away the wrong people mainly her best friend Frieda.

Jax’s character is relatable in the sense of how she thinks and the author does a great job of making sure we read how Jax’s mind works. The story is written very raw and unfiltered and it was a bit of a shock at first but I realized how much I enjoyed the way it was written.

I felt sorry for Frieda because she does care for Jax but she knows that Jax needs to learn to fend for herself. I think Jax struggled with a lot of negative and unwanted feelings she had for herself, if she viewed herself that way then other’s would too. She finds herself on a self-destructive path which she doesn’t know how to get off.

I found myself wanting to laugh a lot during this book, it’s humorous, relatable and occasionally quite sad. Although I felt sorry for Jax, I felt pulled into his novel by her honesty, I wanted to know more about her and see how she dealt with her problems.

I do have a lot of questions about what happens after the book, and I wonder whether Jax ever found peace with herself, etc.  But I trust that she could clean her act up and get her life back on track and not feel like she needs someone else to help her.

After reading this book, I felt really empowered, like if Jax can get by and face her demons then so can I, I really liked that I finished this book feeling optimistic and empowered by Jax’s strength and I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good read that leaves you with a sense of empowerment and optimism for fighting your own battles.

Favourite Quote:

“I don’t know what now is supposed to be.” Jax in Moxie

Don’t forget to check out Alex’s Social media links and or purchase your copy of Moxie here.


6 thoughts on “Moxie by Alex Poppe – Book Review

  1. Agree with your review, it was a great read! I really grew to love its unfiltered style and will definitely be looking for similar books!

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    1. Me too, by the first 2 pages. I was gobsmacked thinking what am I reading but then I was like I love it! 🤣

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  2. I love any books that you leave feeling empowered! Thank you so much for sharing this thorough review- the story sounds gripping!

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  3. This sounds interesting – both the premise and the style 🙂 I’m always looking for new books to read at some point, so I’ve added this one to my Goodreads ‘Want to read’ list x

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    1. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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