Friday 6 January 2023

Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew | Book Review

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Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew
My rating: 4/5
Publisher: Walker Books 
Publication date: 2nd July 2020

During Frankie’s first sexual experience, she gets her period. It’s only blood, they agree. No shame.

Then a graphic meme goes viral, turning a fun, intimate afternoon into something mortifying and damaging. And Frankie begins to wonder: is she disgusting?

As the online shaming takes on a horrifying life of its own, Frankie's universe implodes. But can laughter, bravery and the fiercest of friendships help Frankie find her way out of the darkness?

I don't tend to read lot of YA because at thirty years old I feel like I am a bit too old but I heard a lot about Blood Moon and wanted to give it a go. I thought a YA would be an easier read in between heavier books.

Blood Moon follows teenage astronomy lover Frankie. When she has her first sexual encounter with Benjamin, a boy she likes from school, she gets her period. Word spreads around the school, she becomes an internet meme, other schools hear about it and it even infiltrates her personal life.

It doesn't help that she has fallen out with best friend Harriet and Frankie believes she has been betrayed by her.

This story really brings you back into high school and just how cruel and starved for gossip teenagers can be. Cuthew writes so well and really helps to shut down period taboo, tackles toxic masculinity and goes on to show empowerment and standing together. I really enjoyed this!

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