Book Title/Author: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Publisher/Year: December 26, 2012/Pan Macmillan Australia
Source and Format: Bought for kindle
Rating: 5 stars, but more like a million
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.
WOW WOW WOW SO GOOD. This book is the horse tumbling through my heart.
Graffiti Moon has all the realistic stuff I’ve been complaining that nothing has! Realistic characters, realistic dialogue, realistic setting – the whole book takes place in one night and it’s so wonderful.
The dual perspectives of Lucy and Ed worked perfectly. I don’t understand slang, so I did worry that there would be a lot of Australian slang I wouldn’t understand. It wasn’t an issue at all – in fact, there were just beautiful, beautiful words. I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite quotes below.
Lucy and her friends have just graduated grade 12 and want to go on an all night adventure. Ed’s friends have also just graduated grade 12 and have a big adventure already in the works. Lucy’s friend Daisy is dating Ed’s friend Dylan…maybe. He forgot it was her birthday and threw eggs at her head instead. The girls’ idea of adventure is finding Shadow, the amazing graffitist, so Lucy can hook up with him. Luckily, Ed and his friends know where he might be…
Lucy and Ed are amazing and cool. Jazz, Daisy, Leo, and Dylan are amazing and cool. Lucy’s parent are amazing and cool. Al is amazing and cool. Bert and Victoria are amazing and cool. Even Beth is amazing and cool. I just love everyone, okay? It’s like that time on Doctor Who when everyone got to live, and by that I mean just this once.
Graffiti Moon is a book about art, not music, but I bet it would have an amazing soundtrack. I kept trying to have music on while I was reading, but nothing was working. Turns out, it was creating it’s own soundtrack with some gorgeous writing (and Veronica Mars references!):
- Some things take forever. Waiting for a bus when it’s raining. Getting waxed after winter. Lining up to get tickets for a band. Waiting for a coffee in the morning. The walk across to these guys isn’t one of those things.
- He looks so stupid that it cancels out my stupid.
- His first words to her were, “Today is the greatest day I’ve ever known” which is a line from a Smashing Pumpkins song. I think that makes him a wanker. She thought it made him cool, but in hindsight, she say’s I’m right.
- If Ed is a toaster, then I am a girl with a knife.
- Dylan gets out of the van and asks us what’s so funny, and I tell him Leo’s making up Japanese poetry about Malcolm kicking the crap out of us.
All the stars. Read immediately. Not optional.