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Jennifer Mathieu is an American author of contemporary young adult fiction.

She is prominently known for writing the standalone Moxie (2017), which was adapted into an American comedy-drama film directed by Amy Poehler.

A former journalist, Jennifer enjoys writing contemporary young adult fiction because she believes that adolescence is an intricate time in our lives when we start discovering who we really are as human beings.

Originally from the East Coast, where she was born to a Cuban mother and Chilean father, Jennifer currently resides in Texas with her husband, son and rescue dog, and teaches English to middle and high schoolers.

She enjoys eating a lot but doesn't fancy the cooking part.

More about Jennifer Mathieu

Genres: Contemporary , Fiction, Young Adult

Born: 1976

United States


Non Series

  • The Truth About Alice (2014)
  • Devoted (2015)
  • Afterward (2016)
  • Moxie (2017)
  • The Liars of Mariposa Island (2019)
  • Bad Girls Never Say Die (2021)
  • Down Came the Rain (2023)


  1. Fierce Reads: Kisses And Curses (2015)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Truth About Alice

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask anybody.

Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the "slut stall" in the girls' bathroom: "Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers" and "Alice got an abortion last semester." After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control. In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they "know" about Alice-and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.

This title has Common Core connections.

Author: Jennifer Mathieu
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1250063021
Publisher: Square Fish

Only she can save herself. . . .

Rachel Walker’s family and community have turned away from the world.

Every part of Rachel’s life is controlled, from what she reads to where she goes and what she wears.

Her parents dictate how her life must be: marriage, modesty, children, and obedience to her future husband.

But when a former member of her community, a girl who escaped, moves back to her small Texas town, Rachel’s world turns upside down.

She realizes that her life is her own―if only she can find the courage to fight for it.

Author: Jennifer Mathieu
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1250090690
Publisher: Square Fish

A tragic kidnapping leads to an unlikely friendship...

When eleven-year-old Dylan Anderson is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of fifteen-year-old Ethan Jorgensen, who had gone on a bike ride four years earlier and had never been seen again.

Dylan's older sister, Caroline, can't help but wonder what happened to her brother, who is autistic and nonverbal and is not adjusting well to life back home. There's only one person who knows the truth: Ethan. But Ethan isn't sure how he can help Caroline when he is fighting traumatic memories of his own captivity.

Both Caroline and Ethan need a friend, however, and their best option just might be each other.

Author: Jennifer Mathieu
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1250129628
Publisher: Square Fish

An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texas high school.

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with an 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 '90s, 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.

Director: Amy Poehler
Cast: Hadley Robinson, Alycia Pascual-Peña, Lauren Tsai, Nico Hiraga, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Amy Poehler, Sydney Park, Anjelika Washington, Sabrina Haskett, Josie Totah
Author: Jennifer Mathieu
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1250104267
Publisher: Square Fish
The Liars of Mariposa Island

Every year, summer begins when the Callahans arrive on Mariposa Island. That’s when Elena Finney gets to escape her unstable, controlling mother by babysitting for their two children. And the summer of 1986 promises to be extra special when she meets J.C., the new boy in town, whose kisses make Elena feel like she’s been transported to a new world.

Joaquin Finney can’t imagine why anyone would want to come to Mariposa Island. He just graduated from high school and dreams about going to California to find his father and escape his mother’s manipulation.

NB: This book is also known as The Liars.

Author: Jennifer Mathieu
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1250104243
Publisher: Square Fish
Bad Girls Never Say Die

1964. Houston, Texas.

Evie Barnes is a bad girl. So are all her friends. They’re the sort who wear bold makeup, laugh too loud, and run around with boys. Most of all, they protect their own against the world. So when Evie is saved from a sinister encounter by a good girl from the "right" side of the tracks, every rule she's always lived by is called into question. Now she must redefine what it means to be a bad girl and rethink everything she knew about loyalty.

Author: Jennifer Mathieu
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1250894281
Publisher: Square Fish
Down Came the Rain

After Eliza’s home in Houston is destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, she is forced to transfer to Southwest High School. Traumatized by the floods and anxious in her new surroundings, Eliza throws herself into environmental activism, even if it's against the wishes of her big-oil dad.

But when she meets Javi – a boy who has experienced climate-related trauma of his own – she's finally able to connect with someone over the devastating mental effects of ecological disaster.

Author: Jennifer Mathieu
First Release: 2023
Ebook: B0B54MKV78
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press


Fierce Reads: Kisses And Curses

Every page more fierce than the last! Enjoy a good monster love story? Or a dark, Russian-style folktale? How about a flashback to the secrets of a cyborg's past, a post-apocalyptic romance, or a conversation between a boy and Death's dead assistant, while both sit in a diner and eat waffles?

Whether you're already a Fierce Reads fan or you're a fan-to-be, this short story collection will satisfy your every bookish craving! Featuring multi-genre tales from some of the hottest YA authors around, this anthology includes Ann Aguirre, Courtney Alameda, Gennifer Albin, Anna Banks, Leigh Bardugo, Jessica Brody, Katie Finn, Nikki Kelly, Jennifer Mathieu, Lish McBride, Marissa Meyer, Caragh O'Brien, Marie Rutkoski, and Lindsay Smith.

By turns uplifting and sad, light-hearted and powerful, startling and laugh-out-loud, these bite-sized gems have one thing in common: You won't be able to put them down!

Author: Jennifer Mathieu
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1250060532
Publisher: Square Fish