Thursday, May 2, 2013

Review: Graffiti Moon- Cath Crowley

The way you dance definitely isn't stupid
I could maybe get used to the way you move
I'm not saying I've made up my mind
But you know, I almost, almost kind of like you

I wasn't too sure about this book after reading the synopsis as it appeared to be one of those books- the ones without story or substance. However, I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be one of the best YA novels I've read in a long time.

It's the end of year 12 and Lucy is looking for Shadow, the graffiti artist.

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. 

Most of the city walls are decorated with his work and his friend's Poet's words, but they are nowhere to be found. After an unfortunate first encounter with love, Lucy thinks that Shadow is the guy for her. Ed, the last boy she wants in her sights tells her that he might help her locate the man of her dreams. As the night progresses Ed shows her Shadows works- most of them echoing escape and heartache. A roller-coaster night that skips from wild parties in clubs to the hidden parts of the city might just help Lucy find what she's looking for.

Great dialogue, excellent poetry and deep and real characters make the story a winner. The story reads easily with the occasional bouts of hilarity, lots of angst and a subtle romance. Poet's efforts to put emotions on paper, Shadow's ability to reflect pain, loneliness and hopelessness in his drawings, Lucy's determination to locate the tortured graffiti artist and a simple story written in an amazing manner earns it a 4/5 rating! 

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