Jun 4, 2012
Title: Graffiti Moon
Author: Cath Crowley
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Publication Date: February 14, 2012
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.
It’s no secret that I have a bit of a lovefest for Australian authors, particularly contemporary Australian authors. I don’t know what it is, but it seems that the vast majority of my favourite contemporary YA novels are from Australian authors (Jaclyn Moriarty, Melina Marchetta, Markus Zusak, etc. . . *hugs books*). So when I heard of Graffiti Moon, I knew I had to read it.
Well, the Aussies have yet to disappoint. I read Graffiti Moon so fast. It was so amazing. And it looks like I’m definitely adding Cath Crowley on to that list of favourite authors.
The thing I loved most about this book was, of course, the characters. Lucy and Ed were great. With dual first-person narratives, it can be tricky to make both perspectives just as compelling. Some authors it seems don’t distinguish the voices of multiple first-person narratives enough. Some authors, like Jaclyn Moriarty, absolutely nail multiple first-person narratives with distinct and compelling voices. I think Crowley did a really good job of making Lucy and Ed feel real and distinct. For a short book that took place over the course of a single night, each character, even secondary characters, were really well developed. They were compelling, they were flawed, they were real. I didn’t want to leave Lucy and Ed by the end of the book.
The writing of this book was also really good. There were quite a few times were I went back to reread lines, just because I thought they were so good. I’m sure I missed a lot though, because I read the book so fast. But I guess that just means I’ll have to read it again. I think I can deal with that.
I also loved the actual story. I love graffiti. I love romance. I love books that take place over a short amount of time. And I think Lucy’s journey of looking for Shadow, the graffiti artist she believes is a perfect match for her, was really interesting. I think we all have, at one point, created a romantic ideal, only to be completely disappointed to discover that no person could possibly live up to it. Ed’s side of the story was really interesting too, watching him discover that he has more going for him than he is willing to believe. And then there’s Leo/Poet, whose poems are interspersed throughout Ed and Lucy’s narrative. Even though he wasn’t in the book as much as Ed and Lucy (of course), I was totally drawn to him and definitely maybe had a bit of a crush on him. Also, Leo calling Lucy’s friend Jazz “the Jazz Lady” totally cracked me up for some reason.
So, all in all, Graffiti Moon was fantastic. The characters were compelling, the story was great, the writing was awesome. This is a must real for all contemporary YA fans.