First Published: August 1st 2010 by Pan Macmillan Australia.
Published in Canada: February 14th 2012 by Knopf Books For Young Readers
Rating: 5/5 STARS
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.
I am absolutely floored by Cath Crawley’s writing. It was some of the most gorgeous I have ever read. Graffiti Moon is full of quotes that I never want to forget. She had a way of pulling me right into the exciting night that Lucy and Ed are sharing, and her knowledge and love of art shines through.
“Somewhere in the glassy darkness, he’s out there. Spraying colour. Spraying birds and blue sky on the night” p. 30
I adore books that take place in a very short time frame, like The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. They always have a sense of urgency to them, but if done properly, the slow burn of the romance is so much fun to read. Lucy and Ed were adorable together, and I had so much fun reading about their absolutely wild night.
But by and far, the writing is what captured me the most. It was dreamlike and descriptive beyond anything and in a completely different way than I have ever read before.
“What were you thinking, little ghost? Getting trapped like that?” p. 62
“Some of her bottles are smooth half-moons, curling at one end so they can hook onto other bottles. Some are misshapen suns that narrow and rise into one long, thin line of light. Some open at the end like trumpets, some in a twist of curls that make me think of a circus” p. 120
There is something incredibly lyrical about her writing. I’m really struggling with writing this review, because I can’t put into words something that she does so well. Basically you should just read the book. This whole review could have easily been continuous quotes.
All of the quirkiness, strangeness and beauty that leap off the pages of Graffiti Moon are so different and out there and beautiful. The characters are a blast to read about, every single one of them. the story itself is fast paced and exciting, and the added bonus of poetry thrown in, gives this story told in Ed and Lucy’s point of view that extra piece of awesome that it is already brimming over with.
Let me know what you thought of the book if you’ve read it, and if not, GO READ IT!