Blood Moon (Paperback)
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Blood Moon (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 02/07/2020
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Timely, powerful and compelling, Cuthew’s kinetic verse novel takes an unflinching look at periods, online shaming and mental health. Mixing lyricism with realism, Blood Moon is a tour de force of empathetic, passionate writing that refuses to pull any punches.

PERIODS, SEX AND ONLINE SHAMING. AN EXTRAORDINARY VERSE NOVEL FROM A BOLD NEW VOICE IN FICTION.

During Frankie's first sexual experience with lovely Benjamin, she gets her period. It's only blood, they agree. No shame.

Then a graphic meme goes viral, turning their 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, her universe implodes. But can laughter, bravery and the fiercest of friends help Frankie find her way out of the darkness?


PRAISE FOR BLOOD MOON:

NOMINATED FOR THE 2021 CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL

"Written with humour and understanding, this is the book young people need." Sara Pascoe

"Blood Moon is one of the best YA debuts I've read in years. Moving, compelling and bold, it filled me with such hope. It's a very special book." Louise O'Neill

"With every verse of her debut, Cuthew shouts down the shame, chips away at the period taboo, and firmly establishes herself as a bold and vital new voice in feminist literature." Samantha Shannon

"A bloody brilliant book!" Gabby Edlin, CEO and Founder of Bloody Good Period

"Mixing lyricism with realism, Blood Moon is a tour de force of empathetic, passionate writing that refuses to pull any punches." Waterstones

"A powerful, fiercely feminist novel that normalizes menstruation and confronts destructive cyberculture." Kirkus, Starred review

"A must-read novel of empowerment that attempts to normalize periods and offer strength to the innocent who find themselves the center of viral humiliation." Booklist, Starred review

"Captures the joy of a crush, the despair of a lost friend, and the humiliation of being "that girl" on the internet." School Library Journal, Starred review

"A powerful novel in verse about feminism, menstruation, and bullying that really captures what teen life is like today." Bookriot

"Brilliant and heart-wrenching." Hana Tooke, author of The Unadoptables

"I devoured this amazing book. Absolutely genius." Kate Weston, author of Diary of a Confused Feminist

"Frankie's journey will break your heart, while making you want to dismantle society as we know it." Yasmin Rahman, author of All The Things We Never Said

"With verse as sharp as it is emotive, Blood Moon is a page-turning exposure of online bullying that will incite tears, fury and empowered conversations." Amy Beashel, author of The Sky is Mine

"Beautiful, eloquent, relevant. This is one bloody brilliant debut." Wibke Brueggemann, author of Love is for Losers

"Heart-breakingly wonderful! It made me laugh, cringe, cry and rage. Gorgeous and important." Maria Kuzniar, author of The Ship of Shadows

"Sensitively written." Publishers Weekly

"Beguiling verse that refuses to pull punches. Important and inspiring." Joanna Nadin, author of Joe All Alone

"Staggeringly powerful, heart-wrenchingly fragile, desperate, daunting, tender and so very timely." Lu Fraser, author of The Littlest Yak

"A must read." Damaris Young, author of The Switching Hour

"A beautiful and brave book that needs to be read." Louisa Reid, author of Gloves Off

"Astonishing." C J Skuse, author of Sweet Pea

"Witty, tender and ultimately uplifting, this book marks the arrival of a talented new voice." Steve Voake

"I stormed through this book - one minute I was laughing, then next turning pages with shaking hands. Extraordinary." Emma Read, author of Milton the Mighty

"Brilliant." Lucy van Smit, author of The Hurting

"Fabulous. This book made me laugh, gasp and cry in turns! A teen classic." Dashe Roberts, author of The Bigwoof Conspiracy

"Every teenage girl should read this, and boys too. Exceptional." Marisa Noelle, author of The Unadjusteds

"Breathtaking in its simplicity and ability to pack complex thoughts and feelings into a few sparse lines on the page. Lucy Cuthew is a true master of words." Nizrana Farook, author of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant

"Brave and compelling." Marie Basting, author of Princess BMX

"This is female adolescence, crystallized. And it's astounding." Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author

"Brilliant. I can almost feel the relief of girls everywhere that finally someone is talking about this. It needs to be on the curriculum." Catherine Emmett, author of King of the Swamp

"I barely looked up... Beautifully written, candid novel." Nicola Penfold, author of Where the World Turns Wild

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781406393446
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Written with humour and understanding, this is the book young people need. * Sara Pascoe *
With every verse of her debut, Cuthew shouts down the shame, chips away at the period taboo, and firmly establishes herself as a bold and vital new voice in feminist literature. * Samantha Shannon *
Blood Moon is one of the best YA debuts I've read in years. Moving, compelling and bold, it filled me with such hope. It's a very special book. * Louise O'Neill *
A bloody brilliant book! -- Gabby Edlin, CEO and Founder of Bloody Good Period
This is female adolescence, crystalized. And it's astounding. -- Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author

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“Important, moving, funny”

I was lucky enough to read this early, and was blown away by how good it is - the writing (in verse) is exceptional, and the relationships authentic. It is both hilariously funny at times and heartbreakingly painful... More

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“Gosh! This is a much needed book, right?!”

Gosh! This is a much needed book, right?!

In fantastic blank verse style - which brilliantly suits the novel - Lucy Cuthew delves into teenage friendships, periods, online shaming and love.

Cuthew confidently chips... More

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“Brave and Compelling - A must read for the Instagram generation”

Raw and oh so real, I couldn't put Blood Moon down. A must-read for the Instagram generation, as Lucy Cuthew dares to tackle the taboo subject of period shaming. But it’s not just the boldness of the subject... More

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