January 02, 2012

REVIEW: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: February 14th 2012
By Knopf Books for Young Readers

"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."

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.

I love this book! It was recommended to me by another fellow blogger and once I read the blurb, I knew I had to read it. It was everything I had expected it to be and more. Cath Crowley’s writing is almost poetic. I was quickly lost inside the book and couldn’t get out until I was done reading it. It’s such a fast read and very easy to follow. There is nothing complicated about it.

Graffiti Moon is told from three different perspectives, Lucy, Ed, and Leo’s points of views. Let me tell you how much I loved getting inside the heads of these three. They were hilarious and I truly felt a connection to all three of them. I also really liked that Leo’s parts in the book are written in verse. I thought that was a nice change.

Lucy is set on finding the street artist named, Shadow. She feels this huge pull to his art and thinks that Shadow is everything she wants and more. Only problem is no one knows who Shadow and his partner in crime, Poet, really are. Their identity has never been revealed. She sets out with her closest friends one night to find Shadow, only to end up bumping into three guys she could care less about. Especially since one of them is Ed, the boy she went out on a date with once and the date had ended in pure disaster and left Ed with his nose broken. Lucy and her friends tag along with the three boys to a party and things just get crazy from there. Ed agrees to help Lucy find Shadow, even though he doesn’t quite understand her obsession with him.

Once they set out the story just gets even more interesting. I loved every minute of it. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot more contemporary YA and loving them. This is definitely a book I think should be added to everyone’s list of MUST-READ, MUST-BUY. Cath Crowley’s descriptions of Shadow and Poet’s artwork were very easy to picture in my head. I don’t have one negative thing to say about this book. It’s a beautiful story full of art and realistic characters. The characters are relatable and their lives are easily believable. There are so many moments in Graffiti Moon that made me laugh out loud, and a nice romance that builds very slowly, but perfect in every way. A Good Choice for Reading!

5 out of 5 Stars!


  1. I have this one I plan to read soon and I've also hear amazingly great things about it. I've been into contemps more lately as well so I'm looking forward to it! Excellent review!

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  2. I've been hearing a lot of good buzz around this book. I'm going to have to pick this up sooner rather than later. Great review, as usual. Happy New Year!

  3. Great review! Will definitely check this out :)


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