Release Date: February 14, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
"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.
Australian authors, what is in your waters that makes all of you such amazing writers? I have yet to read a book by an Australian author that has not become one of my favorite books ever. Graffiti Moon is a short book packed with emotions, laughs, good writing, excellent characters, and art. It will leave you with a feeling of hollowness because you will miss Lucy and Ed and their night time adventures so much.
Let's talk about Lucy and Ed. We spend 24 hours in 260 pages with them and I have never fallen so hard for characters in such short pages. Lucy and Ed feel like your friends. You feel their emotions and their turmoils and pretty much everything and you get invested in their adventures. Their slow friendship and eventual romance is one of the best I've read in a while. And no, it's not insta love. They have a history which you will find out more as you read. It's slow and burning and you can feel the tension but it never feels rushed or wrong. There isn't much more I can say about Lucy and Ex except for the fact that I loved them both.
I have to mention Cath Crawley's writing. Oh my word, I LOVED IT. It was lyrical and beautiful but simple (not hard to leave) and her diction (word choice) made this book fly by! She had this great ability to write her characters with their own personalities in 260 pages which is hard to do. Really, guys, Australian authors are brilliant. She also managed to make a plot that goes over 24 hours very entertaining and interesting. A lot can happen in 24 hours, guys and Cath Crawley makes a most of it.
I will stop rambling but overall, I loved Graffiti Moon. It's just as brilliant and fantastic as people have been saying. You will fall in love with Lucy and Ed and the night life. Readers will also realize that a lot can truly happen in 24 hours.
I actually love this cover a whole lot! There is just something about it that fits this book perfectly. It might be the font and the splattered paint or the two people in the image. Maybe it's the lights in the center but I love it all!
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