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Blood Moon

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  835 ratings  ·  289 reviews
A timely feminist YA novel in verse about periods, sex, shame and going viral for all the wrong reasons.

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, intima
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 2nd 2020 by Walker Books
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C.G. Drews
I ended up reading nearly all of this in one sitting. It's the kind of story you can't look away from; it plunges into the reality of cyber bullying and friendship breakups, but also feminism empowerment. It's not my typical type of contemporary, but like this was magnetic. I feel it's going to hugely impact a lot of teens and I'm glad this book exists.

I feel like the heart of this story is truly: friendship. Frankie and Harriet grew up together, they're super tight...but this is the story of ho
Elizabeth Sagan
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a GREAT book!!! This is a story about friendships, relationships, high-school, first sexual relationship, bullying, periods, social media and many more. I related to the main character A LOT and I think EVERY girl out there needs to read this. It's such an IMPORTANT story. I don't usually use capitalized words in my reviews but OMG THIS BOOK. I honestly didn't expect it to be my cup of tea, on one hand because of the genre, on the other hand because of it being a verse novel, which I found ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Full review HERE

I really loved the empowering message of this book and I also appreciated how it didn't shy away from depicting the brutality and effects of being publicly shamed. Unfortunately it's something that too often happens in our everyday society and I believe the author did a good job of showing it.

I think that this book can definitely be the starting point for a much needed conversatio
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arcs
This was a powerful book about period shaming and I liked it. It doesn't shy away from showing what cyber bullying really looks like and what it can do to you, even in the long run.
I loved that this book was told in verse and with a particular use of typography. These aspects gave the narrative an impact that was not only textual but also visual.
However, this book wasn't exactly for me. I love the concept but the execution had its highs and lows.

The beginning was slow and it bored me; the syno
Samantha Shannon
With every verse of her debut, Lucy Cuthew shouts down shame, chips away at the period taboo, and firmly establishes herself as a bold and vital new voice in feminist literature.
The Nerd Daily
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Alexandra Nae

There are times when I read a book without knowing much about it and having little to no expectations, then I get caught by surprise. I’m so glad to say Blood Moon is one of those times! I was intrigued by this book, but I didn’t know exactly what to expect from it, especially because it’s a debut novel. However, this YA feminist novel in verse was able to knock me off my feet and wow me with its simplicity and its powerful take on
I LOVE that cover! The art on the back is the backside of this front. ;)

The story, though...I did not love it. I did appreciate the main message: Periods are a thing that happen to a lot of people and there's no reason to get all wigged out about them. Yeah, sure, they can be gross and awful. Mine were. But only the person having a period gets to call their own period gross and awful. There's no reason to be making anyone else's period into a thing. Get over it already. Sheesh.
However, because p
John Moore
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A spectacular book and bound to be one of 2020’s hits. It’s funny, poignant and a must read for anyone and everyone. #It’sJustBlood
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think I would like this. I thought it was a weird poetry book about periods and while it is sort of that, it is so much more. This story made me laugh and cry and it brought back memories and feelings I struggled with in high school. It was an inspiring story and I'm glad someone got their happy ending. I think teens, especially menstruating teens, will not only relate to this book, but reinforce that 1) high school can suck and 2) some things are normal and healthy and should be treate ...more
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please my friends, go read this BOOK!! It’s really interesting and just a beautiful book about an important topic!
Cora Tea Party Princess
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
5 Word Review: Friendship, first-love, shame, hope, periods.

Book Review: Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew


Laura Altmann (laurabookish)
It’s been a couple of weeks since I finished this book, but I still have no idea how to sum up my thoughts on it. Basically, I liked this book, and I thought the idea behind it was great... but I didn’t love the way it was executed. Blood Moon is told entirely in verse, which I like as a concept, and I have enjoyed books written this way before, but I don’t think it worked for Blood Moon. I just felt like the book was missing something, I wanted more from the story 🤷🏻‍♀️
Gosh, this is good.
Eleanor (bookishcourtier)

I found the story of this really impactful but I don't think the form (being written in verse) added anything in particular to the story. It felt a little like the author just randomly punched the space bar every now and then. However, the topic of this book is incredibly important and the characters felt real and flawed. I would definitely recommend if you are looking for a feminist contemporary book.
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
Expected to love this one but no. The message that it wants to bring across is really important, however the execution of the story was not great.
I REALLY disliked Harriet. Their friendship didn’t read like a friendship at all. If you told me they were enemies at the beginning of the novel, I would’ve 100% believed you. These two need to have healthier friendships.
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you Walker Books for this book in exchange for an honest review

To be honest I thought this verse written book would mostly focus on periods but it had more depth to it. You dive into the reality on cyber bullying, friendships coming to a bitter end and a huge nod to female empowerment.
This book is what every young woman should be reading to not only embrace themselves for life but also to feel empowered as well.
The friendship between Frankie and Har
Eve beinguniquebooks
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Frankie likes Benjamin, Harriet likes Jackson, only after as situation involving a photo between Harriet and Jackson spreads around the school, the two friends become enemies.

As Frankie falls for Benjamin, she gets her period when they're alone but soon the school is talking about it after a photo get leaked about the situation and soon the exfriends situation is escalated

As the meme about their night is made viral, things for Frankie get so bad she can't bear to even go in to school, can the gi
Sophie (RedheadReading)
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wavering between a 3 and a 4 for this! The fact that this is written in verse means that not only is it a super quick read, but it really builds up momentum as things escalate. I thought this managed to capture the particular way teenage girls interact, in both cruelty and kindness, and the double standards inherent in both our culture and specifically in secondary school. There was so much positivity at the heart of this which I really appreciated! I wobble between star ratings because there we ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YES YES YES! Finally something in 202o is MIND-BLOWINGLY GOOD and it is this amazing debut novel. This is a book that needed to be written and I will add it to my "Every teenage girl should read this book" list. (Fleur Ferris's "Risk" still in first place).
Having said that every teen girl should read this, this is a book for older readers - the MC is 16 and there are sexual references and all-too realistic language that shames females. It's a wonderfully believably book about periods and slut sh
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
God, I wish I’d had this book when I was younger, so relevant, so needed and it’s a shame, really shameful that it’s taken until now To get a book like this. I loved it, frank, honest and completely EMPOWERING. This is how it should be, no taboos, open discussions, we bleed, we are not dirty and it’s not something to hide, it’s the reproductive system it’s a natural marvel. Anyway sorry off my soapbox, this is an important read, should be handed out in schools and libraries and given to all to r ...more
QUICK THOUGHTS: This was amazing! I'm a little bit conflicted with the writing style, but the message and the core story of this book is just beautiful and powerful.

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Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The two most important things you need to know to determine why you need to read this book-

1) realistically supportive female friendships


This is definitely a story I'll be forcing my younger (15 & 9) sisters to read as soon as they're comfortable talking about the topics in this book. While there were some points where both the main character and her best friend got on my nerves—as teenagers, particularly female ones, tend to do in real life—their growth within the
Lauren James
A astronomy-obsessed teenager gets her period during her first time having sex, and goes viral online. It's such a big story that I would have thought it impossible to pull off in poetry, but Cuthew's writing is sharp and economical, not pulling any punches in writing that dances across the page (Sometimes literally -the design is gorgeous). Really effective and important.
Nicola Penfold
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Blood Moon. I loved it for its frankness, and how powerfully it speaks up about periods and period shaming, and first sexual experiences, and friendship. All teenage girls should read this, and all boys too. It's also a work of absolute beauty - every word is placed so carefully but so simply, you just breathe it in. This is verse writing at its best. I can't wait to see what Lucy Cuthew does next. Also, amazing characterisation, and lovely descriptions of stars and star gazing! I passed ...more
Becca Fitzpatrick (bookscandlescats)
This was a great book that explored bullying, friendships and relationships. The harsh reality is that the bullying that occurs in this book is not hard to believe at all. It's a raw, realistic story that I think is a great read, especially for teens. ...more
Lydia Hephzibah
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS IS HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN VERSE. I loved this and I loved that it's all about periods - #NoShame! ...more
Jessa Franco
Normalize periods! But also, I have not been this angry at the people in a book in a long time. It wrapped up a little too nicely for me (lost a star), but otherwise it was a fantastic read.
Rebecca Plaza
A focused story of friendship, viral pictures and a girl's first intimate experiences with a boy.
Wish it had been a prose effort to strengthen the character's motivations.
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