Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
February 14, 2012
Knopf Books for Young Readers
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.
GRAFFITI MOON is a realistic and yet somehow magical novel that will keep you up during the late hours of the night. Crowley has crafted two multi-dimensional characters who are easy to connect with and each so complicated that you just want to uncover everything that makes them tick. I am SO happy that I picked this fantastic YA up and look forward to more from Crowley.
Lucy made me laugh, pine, dream, and cry with her. Her emotions are so real that I couldn’t help but experience them all with her. I yearned with her for Shadow, though I was at least fortunate to know who he was from the start. The love that she feels for his art and the craving for a romance made me sympathetic with her and I just wanted her to be fulfilled.
Ed, or who Lucy knows as Shadow, is a lonely yet he has such a raw passion and talent for art. The graffiti that he paints isn’t what you would normally think graffiti is–it isn’t vulgar at all but an expression of who he is and what he sees in life. I could clearly picture each of his gorgeous scenes and I could see why Lucy wanted something with Shadow. The most complicated part is that they have a bit of a shaky history and Lucy doesn’t know he’s Shadow. This makes things so much more complicated and intriguing.
GRAFFITI MOON is a contemporary YA that I absolutely loved! Full of raw scenes that will have your emotions going, you are sure to enjoy it!