Monday, January 20, 2014

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley [Review]

Graffiti Moon5 out of 5 Robots!

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release: February 14, 2012
Hardcover: 260 Pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can't see is the one thing that's right before her eyes.
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Shannon's Thoughts:
Sigh.  This book.  I honestly have no complaints about it.  It was the perfect mix of teenage longing, realism, and coming-of-age.  Lucy has a crush on Shadow, a local and anonymous graffiti artist.  She knows he is roughly her age.  And she is sure that he is as beautiful a person as his art.  She desperately wants to meet him and if all goes well, be with him.  She agrees to an all night adventure with friends Jazz and Daisy on the last night of their senior year of high school.  The girls meet up with Daisy's boyfriend, Dylan, and his two friends Ed and Leo.  Lucy would much rather go home but the boys offer to help look for Shadow and she perks up at the prospect of finally meeting him, even if that means having to spend time with Ed.

The chapters are told from the alternating perspectives of Lucy and Ed.  This works extremely well because they end up offering both sides of the same story.  Throughout the night they become close and are able to get past their awkward past.  At first I was afraid that Lucy was going to be too fanciful for my taste with her desire to be with someone she never met.  Admittedly, the first chapter had me worried.  But while she WAS fanciful I found her also very real and could understand her attraction to Shadow, who she believed saw the world in the same was she did.  I also loved Ed.  On paper he looks like a "bad boy", but really he was sensitive and smart but with his fair share of struggles.  He certainly wasn't perfect, but the choices he made reflect his desperation, not his desire to rebel.  That made for an important distinction.  In fact, I found all the characters to be very real feeling with their share of stumbling and moments of brilliance. 

The writing is beautiful and well paced. Interestingly, it wasn't a book I wanted to tear through.  It actually took me more time than usual to read it, but I think it is because each line is so impactful.  There are no wasted moments or thoughts or words here.  My only wish is that art resonated with me in the way it does for Lucy and Ed.

I am loving the amazing books coming out of Australia and this book was no exception. I highly recommend it, especially to those who enjoy contemporary YA.  I don't think you will be disappointed.

1 comment :

  1. This review just reminds me why I wanted to read this book in the first place! I need to move it near the top of my tbr list, especially because every book I've read by an Australian author has been amazing.



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