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Book Review: Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew

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Blood Moon
by Lucy Cuthew
Rating: ★★★★★

Published by Walker Books Australia
Publication Date: 1st of July, 2020
Australian RRP: $18.99

“BLOOD MOON is a YA novel about the viral shaming of a teenage girl. During her seminal sexual experience with the quiet and lovely Benjamin, physics-lover and astronomy fan Frankie gets her period – but the next day a gruesome meme goes viral, turning an innocent, intimate afternoon into something sordid, mortifying and damaging.

Blood Moon is a novel set very presently in our modern age of online entertainment and meme-culture of imitation and humor that can often become bullying. This book explores the taboo nature of periods, teenage bullying, online bullying and the damage or viral online media. This book is completely spot on with how periods are treated sometimes, especially with young people, even though periods is something almost everyone will experience by having them or knowing someone that has them, when someone says the word period people still seem to recoil.

Frankie likes this boy, Benjamin. Benjamin seems to like her back and they engage in consensual sexual activity. Then, right in the middle of it Frankie starts bleeding due to her period starting. Now, it is said by sexual experts that sexual activity can start a female’s period earlier or bring it forward and poor Frankie had no idea it was going to happen and is still relatively new to her period and all sexual activity. Benjamin claims at the time that it’s “no big deal” and “it’s just blood” but the next day the whispers start…

The negativity linked to periods is shown prominently in this book when the rumors fly about who Benjamin was with but no-one knows who it’s about and all the girls are adamant to say they’re not having their period, that it’s gross and they’d never do anything with a guy while they were on their period. So of course that is really heartbreaking to read for Frankie and instills that culture of taboo but this book works to break that I think by showing how ridiculous it is and how damaging that fear can be.

It was a hard read at times because it was so frustrating to see the teenagers carry on about it but then I know it would be the same in a real high school and it is scary how people can take something and run with it online to the point where there’s no reigning it back in. I enjoyed the rollercoaster this book went on with the worst thing happening and then Frankie and her friends and family growing from it and making a positive change. This book was also really easy to read because of the way it was written in verse and typography with most of it being read in one sitting for me. This is a great book about friendship too and I loved the conclusion with Frankie being in such a good place with her friend again. I definitely recommend this book to all teenagers and even to parents as it might inspire them to make sure their children aren’t falling into that negative culture with body image and shaming.

(Thanks to Walker Books Australia for a copy of this book for an honest review. Blood Moon it out now online and in store!)

Thanks for reading!

Walker Books Australia, Blood Moon
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