Book Reviews

[review] Graffiti Moon – Cath Crowley

Release Date: February 14, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (Random House)
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover
Source: E-ARC on 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.

Tell Me More: I don’t know if you can tell, but I freely admit that I’m drawn to stories about art and the people that pursue it. Whether it’s highly praised classical music or rough sketches of landscapes, I believe that art is a reflection of the person who chooses it, and the way that they see themselves.

Glass is fragile. Everyone knows it, and we all turn into cautious tiptoers when surrounded by glass. But Lucy is a glassworker, and a talented one at that. I loved that she values her work and doesn’t just see it as an after-school chore. Her choice of artistic output is interesting to me because it reflects her own state of mind. She sees beauty in uncertainty (you never know what a piece of glass might become), and she is willing to go through fire to find it (as in her quest to find Shadow). She is unpredictable and smart, and she knows what she wants out of life. To me, she is the perfect compliment for Shadow’s desire for something real to hold on to.

The night that Lucy spends searching for Shadow is vibrant, absolutely pulsing with laughter and life. Australian authors seem to have a knack for creating casts of characters that are so very real. If Jazz, Poet, Daisy and Dylan walked into my house right now and asked me to hang out with them, I wouldn’t think twice. And oh, to spend a night wandering around Melbourne (or any city, really) with Ed. They are brilliant and colourful and just the right characters to populate a story of wonder, risks and love.

That’s Not All:

  • I’m hoping that maybe a paperback release will have illustrations of Shadow’s art. It seems a shame to have such gorgeous descriptions and not be able to see the real thing.

The Final Say: Take a risk and find love with Cath Crowley’s breathtaking Graffiti Moon, and a whole host of characters who will welcome you no matter what you dream of.

Be sure to visit Cath Crowley at her website.

You can check out Graffiti Moon on Goodreads and order it from The Book Depository.

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