Walker Books

July 2020

$18.99 AUD

416p pb

ISBN: 978-1406393446

Blood Moon

Lucy Cuthew

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During astronomy-lover Frankie's first sexual experience with the quiet and lovely Benjamin, she gets her period. It's only blood, they agree. But soon a graphic meme goes viral, turning an innocent, intimate afternoon into something disgusting, mortifying and damaging. As the online shaming takes on a horrifying life of its own, Frankie begins to wonder: is her real life over? 

Blood Moon is a punchy, vivid and funny story of first-time love, hormone-fuelled sexuality and intense female friendships – whilst addressing, head-on, the ongoing exploitation of young girls online and the horror of going viral. Both shocking and uplifting, it cuts to the heart of what it is to be a teenager today and shows the power of friendship to find joy in even the darkest skies.

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In her debut YA novel, Blood Moon, Lucy Cuthew portrays the life of Frankie, a teen girl whose life is turned upside down by vicious memes. Frankie loves astronomy a passion she shares with her best friend, Harriet, who lives next door. When Frankie meets Benjamin, who also shares a passion for astronomy, there is an instant attraction. During her first intimate moment with Benjamin, Frankie starts her period and Benjamin gets blood on his fingers. They both agree ‘it’s only blood’ but it does not end there. Later vicious memes are being sent and horrible images and words are being sent around the internet about her. Frankie is devastated and it seems she can trust no-one. Harriet turns on her, Benjamin shuts down and everyone appears against her. The online shaming is relentless...

This is a powerful and compelling verse novel which addresses important issues faced by teenage girls today. It depicts the intensity of female friendships, the cruelty of some people, the faceless perpetrators of hurtful and shaming memes on the internet and the devastating effects it has. It also openly discusses the issue of menstruation, sexual shaming, and cyber-bullying in a frank and honest way. Blood Moon is beautifully written in verse, which brings the characters to life and rapidly moves the plot in a concise and emotive way.

Bea, Canberra

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