Review: Graffiti Moon - Cath Crowley

Title: Graffiti Moon
Author: Cath Crowley
Release Date: Febuary 2012
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 Hoots
Reviewer: Angela

"Let me make it in time. Let me meet Shadow. The guy who paints in the dark. Paints birds trapped on brick walls and people lost in ghost forests. Paints guys with grass growing from their hearts and girls with buzzing lawn mowers."
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. (Goodreads)

Graffiti Moon is a sweet coming of age story. Cath Crowley’s writing is filled with humor from one page to the next. I love reading books that flip between characters- you’re able to see the big picture, so to speak. In Graffiti Moon you flip flop from Lucy’s point of view, to Ed’s point of view, and every now and then, you get to read poems from ‘The Poet’.

Lucy’s last day of high school is spent with her best friend Jazz, who thinks she’s psychic and another friend, Daisy. There’s a guy who’s called Shadow and Lucy knows he’s the guy of her dreams and tonight, she’s going to find the mysterious guy who graffiti paints his soul all over city buildings.
Ed has had a rough life. He lives alone with his mom, well, with the exception of his best friend, Leo, whose there all the time. Ed uses graffiti as an outlet from the crummy cards that have been dealt to him. He broke up with his girlfriend, afraid that she wouldn’t want to be with someone who couldn’t read, sneaks into the middle of the night to spray-paint buildings and basically, whose life is going nowhere. To top it off, his boss and friend passed away and now he doesn’t have enough money to help his mom pay rent.
Jazz begs Lucy to give Ed a go. Jazz needs life experience to help get into college but that would mean Lucy would have to hang out with the guy who she dated only once, leaving him alone with a bloody broken nose.
Ed can’t believe his luck, the same girl who fascinated him and then brutally ended their date by breaking his nose is sitting across the table from him. Leo begs Ed to give it a try since he likes Lucy’s friend Jazz and reluctantly, Ed agrees.
Lucy lets out that she wants to find the guy who calls himself Shadow and Daisy’s boyfriend, Dylan, tells them he happens to be good friends with Shadow and Poet. And so the night of their lives begins and by the time the sun streams its colors across the morning sky, their lives will never be the same…
Graffiti Moon takes you into each characters world, flooding you with honesty of life- good and bad. Anyone who enjoys reading the raw side of what life brings and the journey it treads will find Graffiti Moon for all it’s worth.

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