Monday, February 11, 2013

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Publication Date: February 14, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 260
SynopsisSenior 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.
Review: Graffiti Moon is unexpectedly beautiful.

   I've been keen to read this book for quite some time now, and I've finally gotten to it! Graffiti Moon is told in three points of view: Lucy, Shadow, and Poet. Poet's chapters are usually just a page long and are, as you can probably guess, poems. Lucy and Shadow, however, equally share the rest of the narrative.

   Lucy wants to find her favorite graffiti artist, Shadow. Ed, a boy she once went on an awful date with, tells her he knows where to find him. Thus beings their adventure through the night to discover Shadow and even themselves.

   The characters all slowly developed as the story went on. Though this book is short, you get to see lots of depth in the two main characters. They're completely vulnerable and open, revealing their thoughts and their reasons for doing the crazy things that they do.

   The writing is beautiful and poetic. It has this melancholy resonance in it and the whole book has this specific tone that's a mixture of hope and sadness. This book made me feel so many emotions. It made my heart hurt, it made my body tingle, it made me smile, and it quite often made me laugh.

   Graffiti Moon is a lovely and unexpectedly gorgeous read. It's very quick, and I definitely wouldn't mind giving this one another read.

   4 keys.


  1. I wasn't expecting to love this one when I read it, Sophia, but I did! It's a fast read but the writing is lovely. And even though I don't know much about art, it made me feel like I did :)

  2. Yay, I'm glad you liked this, Sophia! I really do love Crowley's prose (though her poetry was a little corny, in my opinion). And if you get a chance, you should read her other novel, A Little Wanting Song—I liked it so much more.

  3. I loved this book too, Sophia. Actually I listened to the audiobook and it is just as brilliant. I've listened to it twice !

  4. I am so so glad you loved this book too. I felt super affected by it and loved the poetic style of the writing. So much that I bought a hardcover copy right after finishing!

  5. I seriously need to re-read this book! I do remember it being lyrical and lovely. Wonderful review, Sophia!

  6. I've heard so much praise for this book, and I seriously need to pick it up! The characters sound super awesome and super deep, which is seriously fantastic, as I LOVE when characters are deep and flawed. The prose also sounds beautiful, and I love how it's deep and funny at the same time.

    Lovely review, Sophia! <3 I'm totally going to have to pick this one up soon!!

  7. I loved the writing in this book too. This was a great read for me so I'm glad to see you enjoyed it! Brilliant review. :)

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