Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
First published: February 14th, 2012
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.
My Rating: 4.0 / 5
I'm really happy that I gave Graffiti Moon a chance. While I was afraid that I might end up not liking it, it turned out to be a wonderful surprise. This novel is beautifully written, with characters whose stories will capture your heart and whose love for art will make you want to be part of their world and to experience what they are.
After having read the summary, I expected Graffiti Moon to be similar to Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, which I sadly couldn't warm up to. But I still wanted to give it a chance and Graffiti Moon turned out to be exactly what I expected Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist to be like: a heart-warming story about searching and finding love.
The story is told from both Lucy and Ed's point of view. I love such books because it gives you insight in more than just one character's thoughts and makes it a lot easier to understand someone's behaviour. And in Graffiti Moon this narration is done very well. I could understand both characters and relate to them and their thoughts, hopes and wishes.
Ed and Lucy's night is one full of adventures and I loved witnessing how they get used to their situation and grow comfortable with each other. Their search for Shadow is amusing and exciting, and while, as a reader, you already know everything about Shadow, I loved the moment in which the secrets are finally revealed.
I also fell in love with Cath Crowley's writing. This is a book about art and appreciating its beauty and meaning. Even without seeing any of Shadow's works, I had no problems imagining them right in front of me and could almost "see" what Lucy and Ed were seeing. And their feelings for the images and for each other were expressed just as beautifully.
The only thing that I might not like was the somewhat abrupt ending. I would have liked to see more of the final scenes, would have loved them to be a little bit more elaborate. But all in all, I can definitely recommend Graffiti Moon for everyone who wants to read about a beautiful journey to love and (self-)acceptance.
YA Contemporary Challenge 2012