Monday, 9 July 2012

Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Graffti Moon by Cath Crowley
Published by Hodder Children's

 

"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."

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.


***

I really enjoyed Graffiti Moon for several reasons.

I loved the two main characters Lucy and Ed and really thought the split narrative in this book worked well. I enjoyed seeing the relationship between the develop and change as the book went on. I loved Ed's vulnerable side and all the secrets he hid as he didn't want Lucy to think he was stupid. I also loved the contrast with Lucy's feisty side but also seeing how Ed and Lucy were actually very similar characters on the whole.

I really loved that this book was set in one evening and really took its time to get to know the characters well. All too often I feel books rush this and leave you not caring about the characters at all whereas in this book I felt really invested in them by the end of the book.

I loved how Lucy spent the entire evening hunting for Shadow not realising that he was there in front of her all along.

I also really liked that the young adults in this book were a little bit older meaning the story had a bit more too it. Sometimes when the main characters are younger teens I find the storyline to be a little superficial and childlike which certainly wasn't the case in this book.

I really compulsive read which I couldn't put down with characters that are going to stick with me for a long time to come.

2 comments:

Jessica A. said...

Can't wait to read this one. Sounds so good.

Splendibird said...

I've had this on my Kindle for ages and am really looking forward to reading it. It sounds unique and beautifully written. Great review.