Blood Moon

Candlewick/Walker. Sept. 2020. 416p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781536215038.
Gr 9 Up–Harriet and Frankie have been best friends forever. They share a tree house, along with a passion for astronomy and photography. After Harriet sends a racy photo to their physics teacher, the girls fight and break off their friendship. Life goes from bad to worse when Frankie’s period starts during an intimate moment with Benjamin, her maybe-boyfriend. She is horrified when the incident is spread around their high school, then turned into an internet meme which leads to harassing messages and the potential loss of an internship. Frankie suspects Harriet or Benjamin might be the ones behind the meme. Terrified by the viral meme, and isolated and shamed by fellow students, Frankie isn’t sure who to trust and is too mortified to tell her parents. Slowly, the truth is revealed, and Frankie comes up with a #MeToo plan to reclaim her power, even if it means being expelled. Written in verse with bits of concrete poetry, this book captures the joy of a crush, the despair of a lost friend, and the humiliation of being “that girl” on the internet. The need to normalize young women’s body functions and desires is woven throughout.
VERDICT An excellent examination of young women’s friendships and desires set against the misogyny of their society. A great first purchase.

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