2/27/12

Graffiti Moon

Author: Cath Crowley
Pages: 264
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)
"Let me make it in time. Let me meet Shadow. The guy who paints in the dark. Paints birds trapped on brick walls and people lost in ghost forests. Paints guys with grass growing from their hearts and girls with buzzing lawn mowers."

It’s the end of Year 12. Lucy’s looking for Shadow, the graffiti artist everyone talks about.
His work is all over the city, but he is nowhere. 

Ed, the last guy she wants to see at the moment, says he knows where to find him. He takes Lucy on an all-night search to places where Shadow’s thoughts about heartbreak and escape echo around the city walls. 

But the one thing Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.



My Summary
: Lucy's an aspiring artist who's been living in a dreary town her entire life. Her only source of excitement is the work of Shadow - a graffiti artist with a real gift. Lucy's had some bad luck with romance, but she knows that if she can just meet Shadow, they'll become something great. 

After agreeing to spend the night with her friends Jazz and Daisy, Lucy ends up on a cross-town walk with Ed, the guy she almost dated a few years back. But Ed's hiding something: he's Shadow. Can Lucy figure out what's right in front of her before the end of the night, or is this romance doomed to fail for the second time?

My Thoughts: Graffiti Moon was one of those books I've been waiting to read for a long, long time. I pre-ordered it a few months ago, knowing (from the reviews) that it'd be awesome and unique. It seriously did not disappoint! It was a pretty short read (less than 300 pages) but it kept me hooked the entire time and definitely didn't feel rushed. It reminded me a lot of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, actually (which I loved, by the way). My favourite character was, by far, Ed - I loved his development and growth, and the realistic way in which he's written (seriously, those perfect YA guys annoy the heck outta me!).

The writing was amazing as well. The words and the story flowed beautifully, and it was all connected in a way that made sense even though it jumped point of views and time frames. It felt almost poetic to me, and at the same time the language wasn't too over-descriptive or overwhelming.The author did a great job.

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this to fans of realistic contemporary literature (especially the edgier stuff), and to anyone who enjoyed Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. You will not be disappointed.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh YES! Graffiti Moon is an absolutely out of this world book! I am so glad that you enjoyed it too. :D

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