Book Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Netgalley)
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult (takes place after high school)
Publication Date: 02.14.2012
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.

The night didn't go so well because I broke his nose, which was an accident that happened when I hit him in the face because he touched my arse.
-Lucy, Pg. 35 - Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley 
Love at first chapter.
Love at first 50 pages.
Love at first read.

However you want you classify it, I am in love with this book. I am in love with these characters, whose lives are spinning so effortlessly out of control. I am in love with the author who managed to so fluidly tell their jumbled stories.

Okay, enough declarations of love. I think you get my point. This book is good, and it reminds me so much of Jellicoe Road; not because of the harrowing family drama that is found in that book (you won't find that here), but because of the lyrical way the author is able to tell the story, because of the deep emotions it brings out, and because of the many times I laughed out loud in spite of it all.

I connected with these characters, and became invested in their emotional well-being. I wanted them to find their happy endings. I wanted this so much! At the same time, I enjoyed the adventurous--and often humorous--ride I got to take with them. I loved the arguments between Lucy and Ed, Jazz's claims to psychic wisdom, Leo's insanely upbeat attitude; everything. These character's conversations are almost mesmerizing, and their dynamics are great; the boys are markedly different in their conversation than the girls, and when they all get together, it's nothing but hilarious.

Among it all is the art. Depictions of art so meaningful I wish I could see it all in real life. I wish I could take my own feelings and make a sketch for the world to see. I'm not artistic at all, but I can sure see the feelings expressed in art, and I sure felt them while reading this book.

Graffiti Moon isn't perfect, but any flaws were long forgotten by the time I closed the book and sat down to write this review. Instant favorite. Automatic recommendation. Read this book.

Read it.

Read this if:
...you like art, expression, love stories, adventure, and a little danger.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
Highlight between the brackets to reveal the text.
{Heavy swearing, and a short scene with violence.}

More great quotes:
I escaped onto the wall, a painted ghost trapped in a jar. I stood back to look at it and I knew the sad thing wasn't that the ghost was running out of air. the sad thing was that he had enough air in that small space to last him a lifetime. What were you thinking, little ghost? Letting yourself get trapped like that?
-Ed, Pg. 69 - Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
"A psychic friend could come in very handy." I reshuffled my cards.
"I predict I will," she said.
-Lucy & Jazz, Pg. 49 - Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
"We've got secrets coming out our arses and you want to take them to a clairvoyant?"
-Ed, Pg. 203 - Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

P.S. What is it about these Australian authors and their ability to turn relationship and friendship conflicts into unforgettable stories? If they keep this up, I may have to move to Australia.

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  1. Awesome quotes and review.
    Love at first chapter?
    I love that.
    It's like the perfect name for a blog or book.
    Great review darling!

  2. Love your blog. Sounds like I need to check out this book. One question? You said there is a lot of swearing, does this involve a lot of the f-word? I can handle a lot but HATE this word. Thanks for your honest reviews.

  3. Juju: Thank you! I agree with you; it does sound like a good blog or book name. Someone get on that! ;)

    Mindee: I meant to put that, but forgot. It does use the F-word a lot. Sadly, it's one of the main words used. :( Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to know if you give this one a try or not.

  4. O darn, I don't like the F-word either but I've heard absolutely nothing but good things about this book! I think I'll still check it out though. Awesome review!

  5. An FYI: I'm like the most square person ever when it comes to swearing, like I hate it and basically never do it... but I have to say it didn't bother me in this book. I didn't even remember that there was swearing because I was too busy focused on how AWESOME it was.

    Basically: loveeee it. Like you, Pene, I totally fell in love with it from the beginning. The writing is just so gorgeous and vivid and descriptive, and I love the characters and their chemistry and the humour as well.

  6. Wow I wasn't thinking that I was going to like this one but you make the story sound so amazing. I love when you are reading a great book where you can forget the tiny flaws along the way because you are so engrossed. I think this is the first review of yours that I have read where you all out loved the book. I must put it on my wishlist because that in itself is epic. lol

    Thanks for the great review.

  7. Mackenzie: I hope you do! Despite all the swearing, it was SUCH a great book.

    Ashley: Lol, that's basically how the book went for me. It was just so awesome that I hardly noticed anything else. I did notice lots of swearing though, which I hate. :( But yeah, so, SO great!

    Alexa: Yes! I'm glad I could help. You won't be sorry. :) And yes, this is one of just a few that I have just completely loved...Jellicoe Road being another awesome one. :)


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