Thank you to the publisher for gifting me a eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
During her seminal sexual experience with the quiet and lovely Benjamin, astronomy fan and physics-lover Frankie gets her period. The next day a gruesome meme goes viral, turning an innocent and intimate afternoon into something mortifying, sordid and damaging.
Blood Moon is one of those books you can pick up one afternoon and finish it within a couple of hours. Blood Moon is a book that every teenager should read at some point in their teenager lives. I wish I had had this book when I was a teenager. I did read it in a couple of hours though and was blown away by it. I adored it and think this is such an important book that needs to be read by so many people.
Blood Moon is a verse novel, so it is certainly a quick read but that message and its contents leave a lasting effect with the reader. It was only this year when I started reading verse novels but I’ve read a lot in the past few months and this is one of my favourites so far for a number of reasons.
I love the messages that this book shows the reader. The main message being to break the stigma that surrounds periods. Periods are a natural part of a woman’s life and this book shows just that. It breaks the stigma around getting your period during an intimate moment because it happens a lot more than you would imagine and it is normal!
It also shows the importance of girls supporting each other and being there for each other. All of this is done whilst showing that embarrassing moments sometimes happen but they happen to everyone and it is something to own.
Blood Moon excellently explores what effects things going viral can have. Especially when you go viral for something out of your control, not knowing who started it and as a result how damaging it can be on someones life and their mental health. It shows how you should think before sharing anything as it is a real person behind the meme and that person has feelings.
I adored the characters in this book, they felt realistic and relatable. Not only has the author written some beautiful friendships which I feel stand out and are memorable. Lucy has also written lovely, supportive and loving parents. I cannot wait to read more books by Lucy Cuthew in the future. Blood Moon is the book we all need to read and I cannot recommend it enough.
Overall, Blood Moon is incredible and needs to be read by so many people. When it is released on July 2nd 2020 I highly recommend buying a copy, borrowing one from your local library or borrowing it from a friends then sitting down with it one afternoon and reading the whole thing. You won’t regret it.