Monday, January 23, 2012

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Graffiti Moon
Cath Crowley
Release: February 14th, 2012
Pages: 272 (hardcover)
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Netgalley
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.
Mini-Thoughts: In one night, everything can change. It begins innocently enough, with Lucy and friends searching for Lucy's favorite street artist, and Ed's stuck as an unwilling guide. Both Ed and Lucy have their own distinct voices, personalities, and hobbies1. I found Lucy's odd, melodious voice to be slightly more fascinating than Ed's, but they both were intriguing and unique narrators. The story itself is interesting - filled with adventure and fresh outlooks on life. Graffiti Moon is simply a story that everyone should read.

Highlights: Graffiti Moon is filled with beautiful, breathtaking prose. There's a sense of realism and authenticity that makes it easy to relate with the characters and enjoy the story. Everything is described using vivid words. Poet's few pieces of poetry mixed in with the narrative was wonderful - each piece was lyrical, memorable.

Lowlights: Mostly predictable, like many realistic fiction novels. I wish Poet's limited and brief interruptions in the POV had happened more often.


1 Lucy's hobby is so cool!



  1. I really enjoyed this one. The writing was beautiful and I completely agree about wishing for more parts from Poet.

  2. I LOVED this one, so amazing. The poetry was my favorite part, so I also would have liked to see more of it, but I don't know, it might have shifted the focus a bit, and I don't know whether that would have worked with the story, since Ed and Lucy are supposed to be the main characters. Glad you enjoyed it too!

  3. Another great review.
    This sounds great!

  4. I can't wait for this one! I loved her writing in A Little Wanting Song, and this one sounds amazing. Great review!

  5. I've heard great things about Graffiti Moon! Glad to hear that you enjoyed it. The dual narratives sound awesome; I can't wait to read Lucy's, especially! :)
    Great review, Lea!
    - Lauren

  6. What a beautiful cover. Not crazy about proze written books though. Thanks for the review.

  7. I put this one on my wishlist some time last week after I kept seeing great reviews of it and Lea, your thoughts just solidified its place there! Lol.

    Like you, I often find realistic fiction to be slightly too predictable (maybe because reality itself is kind of predictable), but I also appreciate the genre. Graffiti Moon sounds like a great read!

  8. I've been hearing that this book is beautifully written. I definitely want to check this one out; thanks for the great review!

  9. Sounds like this is a great book!! So glad that I picked it up at ALA. =)

  10. This one is new to me, and it sounds great. I'm glad that you enjoyed it. Great review!

  11. I've been wondering about Graffiti Moon since I saw it on a wish-list, it really piqued my curiousity.

    I was going to nab it from Netgalley and didn't because I already was behind on so many reading committments. I wish I had, now!
    I value your opinion and if you say it's good then I know it is. I missed out on my chance :(

    Fantastic review, Lea!

  12. This one definitely had a cool vibe :) Nice to meet you! <3 a new follower

  13. This was an awesome read! My favorite character was Poet. I agree with you on the predictability though. Thanks for the review! Glad that you enjoyed it.

  14. Thanks for the review. hoping 2 read it soon

  15. I know, I love Lucy's hobby. Wouldn't mind taking up glass blowing(?)

    I love reading about "art" in YA novels there's not enough! I think Shadow and Poet are awesome too!