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.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published August 1st 2010)
Five Stars: A book with enticing and captivating writing! You want this one on your shelf!
Lucy is celebrating her last day of high school. A night out on the town with her girlfriends is a perfect way to end the day. She is at the crossroads of life. Lucy is leaving her childhood behind, ready to step into the adult world. Tonight, she wants more than anything to find the enigmatic Shadow, a graffiti artist. His works adorn the sides of many buildings, they are swirls of colors in dreary places. A splash of vision in the city streets. Lucy is certain that a boy who can paint such visionary pieces of art is the one for her. She is inexplicably drawn to his work, she must find the one called, Shadow.
Ed, also known as Shadow, is also at an intersection in his life. He dropped out of school in the tenth grade. He was lucky enough to find employment at a paint store, taken in by a kindly, elderly gentleman named, Bert. Working at the paint store gave him purpose and access to paint. With a can of paint in hand, the world is his canvas. He sprays the thoughts that swirl in his head and brings them to life. Now, with the death of his boss, he is out of a job, unemployed and unsure what to do with his life. Chance brings Ed and Lucy together for one magical night. Lucy insists on hunting for Shadow, not knowing that he is standing next to her, but she doesn't even consider him as a candidate. She and Ed have a rocky history, once he made her heart zing, then a date between the two ended catastrophically with an arse grabbing and a broken nose. Can Ed make Lucy see the boy behind the Shadow? Can a girl who loves art, glass blowing and drawing wishes in the air find love with a boy who spray paints the night?
What I Loved:
- First and foremost the writing. Cath Crowley is one of those authors you won't forget. She is a word artist extraordinaire. From the opening paragraph, I was under her spell. She takes the simplest words and paints them into sentences filled with magical beauty. Her phrases will captivate and enchant you. If you appreciate literary art, this is a book you must read.
- The characters, Lucy, Ed and Leo. I liked that they were teenagers with their feet hesitantly stepping into adulthood. Yet, they wavered, unsure of the correct path, and a little reluctant to leave the past behind. For Ed he is struggling with losing Bert and his job, unable to find employment, he lacks confidence and self worth. Leo, is trying to restore his broken heart and find an acceptable outlet for the snippets of poetry that flow in his head. Lucy, longs to see her parents reunite. She worries her parents will divorce after her dad has spent months living in the backyard shed. She wishes for a chance at love, with someone who loves art as she does. The best part about Lucy is she isn't afraid to speak her mind and stand up for herself, despite the sticky consequences. Lucy can throw a mean punch! These characters are awkward, shy and unsure of their futures, that is what makes them so realistic and easy to relate to.
- Leo, a.k.a. Poet, his chapters are little splices of poetry that are simplistic, and yet they speak volumes. I loved his poems!
- As an American, I enjoyed immersing into the Aussie culture. I liked learning little tidbits and sayings pertinent to Australia. So much fun.
- I thoroughly loved that Ms. Crowley was able to take me back to my teenage days. Lucy reminded me of what it was like to find a boy that sends thrilling tingles through your body. Lucy still dreams, makes wishes, hopes for love and happy endings. As adults sometimes we forget those shy, hesitant moments of first loves, it was fun to live vicariously through Lucy and remember the magic of youth.
- I loved the art and the descriptions of Shadow's graffiti. I wished the book was illustrated, so I could see the works. Yet, I think the pictures couldn't compare to the vivid, rich and detailed descriptions that Ms. Crowley colors with her words. Her words are magic!
And The Not So Much:
- There is not too much to complain about with this outstanding novel. My only consideration was that the book is too short, I wanted more and the story is rather simplistic. The entire book revolves around a one night adventure, so there is not much room for extensive plot development.
- This book has three points of view. Lucy, Ed and Leo. Leo's chapters were easy to detect because they were verses of poetry. For some reason, and it may just be me, there were a couple of times in the book where I was confused on who was narrating. This was a minor problem though.
Graffiti Moon is one of those reads that will leave an indelible mark in your head. This simple story of chasing shadows through the night will make you smile. This book is a captivating literary work of art that you don't want to miss. Set aside some time and dive into this memorable book. You will come away happy that you read such an astounding work! Go get your copy now!
"I liked that he had hair that was growing without a plan. A grin that came out of nowhere and left the same way."
"Paint sails and the things that kick in my head scream from the can to the brick. See this, see this, see this. See me emptied onto a wall."
"Mum says when wanting collides with getting, that's the moment of truth."
"I stayed there till the sun blurred the dark."
"The light coming over the buildings was burning back the night."
"The water was lower than it had been for a while because rain was starting to feel like a story people told."
"We'll meet and click and sit up all night and everything will tip out of me and into him and the other way around and while we're tipping the night will fade and the world will get pink and in that pinkness he'll kiss me."
"The definition of crazy is doing something close to the same thing twice and expecting a different end."
"You ever notice how the night changes shape?" ..."It starts out thick with people and sound and then gets thinner till in the middle there's almost nothing in it but you."
"My dad was a magician too. Got in his car and disappeared."
"Dad says a boy needs a good sense of humor to get through his love life."
"Guys find snorting girls who run over them with bikes very sexy."
"Everything's hard to see when you've got your eyes closed."
"He works his way back to my mouth and my blood is hot glass, caramel and shiny, moving with his breath."
See what I mean about the writing..I could go on and on with favorite quotes!