Graffiti Moon

Graffiti Moon

by Cath Crowley


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375869532
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: HL630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

CATH CROWLEY grew up in a small town in rural Victoria, Australia. She studied professional writing and editing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and works as both a freelance writer and a part-time teacher in Melbourne. She is also the author of A Little Wanting Song on the Knopf list.

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I pedal fast. Down Rose Drive, where houses swim in pools of orange streetlight. Where people sit on verandas, hoping to catch a breeze. Let me make it in time. Please let me make it in time.

Just arrived at the studio. Your graffiti guys Shadow and Poet are here, Al texted, and I took off across the night. Took off under a sky bleeding out and turning black. Left Dad sitting outside his shed yelling, “I thought you weren’t meeting Jazz till later. Where’s the fire, Lucy Dervish?”

In me. Under my skin.

Let me make it in time. Let me meet Shadow. Poet too but mainly 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. An artist who paints things like that is someone I could fall for. Really fall for.

I’m so close to meeting him, and I want it so bad. Mum says when wanting collides with getting, that’s the moment of truth. I want to collide. I want to run right into Shadow and let the force spill our thoughts so we can pick each other up and pass each other back like piles of shiny stones.

At the top of Singer Street I see the city, neon blue and rising. There’s lightning deep in the sky, working its way through the heat to the surface. There’s laughter somewhere far away. There’s one of Shadow’s pieces, a painting on a crumbling wall of a heart cracked by earthquake with the words Beyond the Richter scale written underneath. It’s not a heart like you see on a Valentine’s Day card. It’s the heart how it really is: fine veins and atriums and arteries. A fist-­size forest in our chest.

I take my hands off the brakes and let go. The trees and the fences mess together and the concrete could be the sky and the sky could be the concrete and the factories spread out before me like a light-­scattered dream.

I turn a corner and fly down Al’s street. Toward his studio, toward him sitting on the steps, little moths above him, playing in the light. Toward a shadow in the distance. A shadow of Shadow. There’s collision up ahead.

I spin the last stretch and slide to a stop. “I’m here. I made it. Do I look okay? How do I look?”

Al drains his coffee and puts the cup on the step beside him. “Like a girl who missed them by about five minutes.”


It’s a sweating hot night for October. More people are out than usual, so I spray the sky fast. Eyes ahead and behind. Looking for cops. Looking for anyone I don’t want to be here. Paint sails and the things that kick in my head scream from can to brick. See this, see this, see this. See me emptied onto a wall.

First thing I ever painted was a girl. Second thing I ever painted was a doorway on a brick wall. Went on to paint huge doorways. Moved on to skies. Open skies painted above painted doorways and painted birds skimming across bricks trying to fly away. Little bird, what are you thinking? You come from a can.

Tonight I’m doing this bird that’s been in my head all day. He’s a little yellow guy lying on sweet green grass. Belly to clouds, legs facing the same direction. He could be sleeping. He could be dead. The yellow’s right. The green too. The sky’s all wrong. I need the sort of blue that rips your inside out. You don’t see blue like that round here.

Bert was always trying to find it for me. Every week or so at the paint store he’d show me a blue he’d special-­ordered. “Close, boss,” I’d say. “But not close enough.”

He still hadn’t found it when he died two months ago. He got all the other colors I wanted. The green this bird’s lying on is a shade he found over two years back, after I quit school and went to work for him. I made it to the end of June in year ten, and then I couldn’t make it any longer.

“You had a good first day,” Bert told me when he handed the green over. “Real good.”

“This is very fucking nice,” I said, spraying some on a card and taking it as a sign that leaving school was the right thing to do. That Mum was wrong about wanting me to stay on.

“It is very fucking nice.” Bert looked over his shoulder. “But don’t say ‘fuck’ when my wife Valerie’s around.” Bert always swore like a kid scared of getting caught. I laughed about it till Val heard me swearing. Bert had the last chuckle that day.

“What’s so funny?” a voice behind me asks.

“Shit, Leo.” A line of blue goes into the grass on the wall. “Don’t sneak up.”

“I’ve been calling your name since the top of the hill. And the council made this place legal, remember?” He finishes the last bit of his sausage roll. “I like the rush of working where we might get caught.”

“I like the rush of painting,” I tell him.

He watches me for a bit. “So I called your mobile earlier. It’s disconnected.”

“Uh-­huh. Didn’t pay the bill.” I hand him the can. “I’m hungry. Write the words.”

Leo looks at my picture of a wide sky hanging over that yellow bird. He points at the kid on the wall. “Nice touch.”

While he thinks a bit longer, I look around. The old guy who works at the glass studio across the road is on the steps, texting and staring at us. At least I know he’s not calling the cops.

Leo always makes his writing suit the piece. Sometimes he uses fonts he finds online. Sometimes he makes up his own and names them. Tonight he smokes the word Peace across the clouds, letters drifting and curling. It’s funny how two guys can look at the same thing and see it differently. I don’t see peace when I look at that bird. I see my future. I hope it’s only sleeping.

His hand moves across the wall, signing our names. He always writes them the same way. His then mine in a font he calls Phantasm.



We leave the old guy on the steps with his coffee and head up Vine Street. It’s a fifteen-­minute walk to my place if you take the main roads, but Leo and me never do. We take the side streets and alleys.

I live on the other side of the train yard, so we jump the fence and cut through, looking out for people working as we walk. I like seeing their thoughts hit the carriages. Makes the city as much ours as someone else’s.

“So I saw Beth today,” Leo says. “She asked me how you were doing.” He throws stones at the dead trains. “It sounded like she wants you back.”

I stop and take out a can and spray a greeting-­card heart with a gun pointed at it. “We’ve been over almost three months.” Since August first, not that I’m counting.

“You mind if I ask her out, then?”

“You mind if I spray a piece on the side of your gran’s house?”

He chuckles. “Yeah, right. You’re over.”

“I like her, just not anything more than that. She used to do this thing where she’d lean over and kiss me and then take a break to whisper hilarious stuff in my ear and then kiss me again. I’d be screaming, What’s wrong with you? Fall in love with her, you dick.”

“She didn’t think that was weird?”

“Inside. I was screaming on the inside. Anyway, I never fell in love with her so I guess the part of the brain that controls love doesn’t respond to being called a dick.”

“For your sake, I’m hoping no part of your brain responds to being called a dick.”

“Fair point.” I wish I hadn’t thought about Beth doing that thing because now I can feel her at my ear, warm breath and sweet tickling and her voice sounding like that blue I’ve been searching for.

“Were you in love with Emma?” I ask.

“I was hard-­core obsessed,” he says without thinking about it. “Not in love.”

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TiffanyReads More than 1 year ago
Graffiti Moon is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I love the idea of two people connecting and having an adventure and learning about themselves and life all over the course of one night. This book alternates points of view between Lucy and Ed. There are also poems by Poet randomly placed throughout the book which also add a nice touch and mean a lot more once you find out who Poet really is. Lucy was a character that I really liked. She's feisty and always says what's on her mind and I really liked that about her. Lucy is in love with Shadow's graffiti artwork and in a way in love with Shadow too even though she's never seen him. When she gets the opportunity to find Shadow she obviously takes it. I think the adventures Lucy had throughout the night changed her perspective on a lot of things and she learned a lot about herself. I'd have to say Lucy is probably the one that learned the most about herself by the end of the book. My favorite character in this book though would have to be Ed. I found Ed's character really interesting and I also felt very sympathetic for him. He is so talented and good but he can't see the good qualities in himself and doesn't think he's worth anything. While Ed didn't always make the best decisions I was happy with the way everything ended for him. It's great to see a character you root for get what they deserve after going through a lot. The relationship between Lucy and Ed was very realistic and endearing. Lucy and Ed have one of those second chance romances, they went on a date a few years before the story takes place and it didn't end well. Naturally Lucy and Ed were awkward around each other at first but when they really started to relax and open up to each other is when I started rooting for them. Lucy and Ed had quite a few ups and downs throughout the book but again I'm happy with the way things ended for them. The plot of this book was fantastic and held my attention the entire time. As I said earlier I love adventures of self-discovery that take place over one night. I find the idea that one night can change your entire life really fascinating. I think what really made this book great though was the characters and the writing. The characters were very realistic and relatable and the writing was so beautiful and descriptive. Final Verdict: Graffiti Moon is a wonderful contemporary book that I recommend everyone read. *This review is also posted on my blog and my other social media profiles.
Laine-librariancanreadtoo More than 1 year ago
Any books on Graffiti is automatically in my hands!! I have always tried to get the designs going in my small town but everybody is scared that other kids would write swear words and such like that. I would love to just get one wall and paint something so great that would have everyone come and look.  In this book a young girl is in love with a man. He's tall. He has dark hair. And he paints just amazing murals. He goes by the name Shadow. And she's in love. Except Shadow doesn't know that....yet. Plus she has never met Shadow. Well, that she knows of. If you are a lover of art, romance, and meaning this is a book for you!!!
yabotd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley is a good book for people who like art. I love art, though I'm pretty terrible at analyzing it or doing it. But I love it nonetheless. Books like Graffiti Moon, make me happy because I can appreciate art and not feel like an idiot while doing it. :)So, you might be thinking, "How can she be appreciating art while she's not looking at any?" That's a fair point. With this book, I wasn't actually looking at any of the art described, but I was still seeing it. I could clearly picture the different graphics as they were described and still got the same feelings I get when looking at art. In fact, I probably got those feelings stronger while reading the book because I was reading the characters thoughts about the pieces, which helped me understand them better myself and made my emotions stronger.While reading any book, my mind is making a mental movie of the actions as they happen. With some books, like Graffiti Moon, my mind is doing more than that. The actions aren't just actions. They're pictures. The writing is so artistically descriptive, I think of pictures instead of movements. I love poetic writing like this because it stands out and adds a layer of creativity to the story. The words flow and move, twisting and turning their way through the story. In many ways, the words shape the story instead of the story shaping the words.Besides the art and the writing, I really enjoyed all the characters. Shadow and Poet have this mysterious existence behind their graffiti. The more we learn about Ed and Leo, the "real people" behind these tags, the more depth and reality I found in the characters. Lucy finds this as well as she goes searching for Shadow. She has this idea in her mind of what kind of person Shadow is, but she only has part of the story. Not only does she only know him through his art, but she has also only seen a fracture of the art he's created and none of the art still inside his head. I enjoyed learning more about Shadow/Ed through the various points of view, as well as learning about him through his art. I think the most insightful moments we're given as readers are things we have to interpret ourselves through the art.Overall, Graffiti Moon is an enjoyable read. It's an introspective look at people in general, as well as the particular characters involved.Final thoughts: Borrow or buy.
bibliophile.brouhaha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4.5/5.0Every once in a while a book walks in with magic dancing in almost every sentence:"'Where's the fire, Lucy Dervish?'In me. Under my skin."Oh damn, Lucy. You just made go and miss high school. I remember that feeling, that one of anticipation, the one you have on a night when anything is possible. Right from go, Cath Crowley's language in Graffiti Moon is nothing short of hypnotic. I haven't seen original descriptions like this in. . . well, let's just put it this way: I don't think that I have. You can find quotes you want to write on slips of paper and keep in your pocket for when you need them in almost every chapter. The language is written in bright colors and secret corners, just like Shadow's art. The prose is absolutely lyrical and delightful to read. Do you ever feel like you can reach out and touch a story, like its a painting? That's Crowley's gift. You can feel every brush stroke, every painted layer, every single draft as Lucy and Ed breath deep and try to make it through their night together.The story centers on these two, but it's a six pack as both bring along two sidekicks: Jazz and Daisy for Lucy, Leo and Dylan for Ed. And, of course, Shadow - we can't forget him - the holy grail of crushes that holds Lucy's heart, and her quest for him is what slides the story along its track, until it Ed forces her off the trail (or did he just help her find another path?). Early in the night, the two groups inadvertently meet up - Daisy and Dylan are an item, and Jazz has a thing for Leo. You'd think they'd all be friends, but no, Ed and Lucy are anything but, and Daisy has doubts about Dylan.Sounds easy, right? Sounds high school. Friends, I don't exaggerate when I write that it's so much better than that. What I particularly like about Crowley's writing is that she incorporates a lot of different versions of love and relationships, of how it changes forms and develops as two people move and grow with each other. Of how it can become a poison if it's not nurtured and protected, or if it was never really love in the first place. While primarily a story of two young, talented and wonderful people finding their way through one night with each other, this also is a story that incorporates how families, friends and other loved ones affect us. The weaving in and out of Ed, Lucy and Leo's narratives is packed with hopeful longing and wistful regret, of certain things viewed in the shadow and then again in the light.This almost is a perfect book for me. There is a 'big deal' situation involving Leo, which brings Ed into the fold. The events leading up to it are well-written, but 'the event' itself felt slightly off to me. I also was amazed that all six, including the two that came off the least sharp (Daisy and Dylan), seemed so witty. I kept thinking, "I would have killed to have conversations this good all the time in high school." As enjoyable as it was, I kept thinking that the perfection and timing of the conversations seemed too perfect at times. I actually feel a little guilty for even pointing these things out, because Crowley's prose is so incredible that it far outweighs any minor things I noticed.Three girls, three guys, one night. That's the story. But in one night, you get such a full richness of who they are that you'll be racing back through the pages once you're done, picking out your favorite passages. . . just to catch one more breath of that magical feeling and holding it. Read this one - it's a true delight.
booktwirps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lucy just finished senior year, and there¿s one thing she plans to do ¿ find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artists she feels speaks almost directly to her through his art. As she and her friends set out to celebrate the end of high school, she plans to hunt down her mystery man and spend the evening discussing art and poetry and falling madly in love.Ed is a high school drop out, struggling to help his mom pay the bills so they can stay in their apartment while she attends nursing school. Ed reluctantly agrees to accompany his best friend Leo on an illegal job for his brother. It pays well, and since Ed recently lost his job he needs money for rent. The two of them run into Lucy and her friends, and when Ed and Leo tell the girls they know the mysterious Shadow, they all set off to hunt him down.As the night progresses, Lucy and Ed find themselves enjoying each other¿s company, despite the fact that they haven¿t talked in years ¿ not since Ed asked her out and she ended up breaking his nose before the date was over. The more Lucy and Ed talk, the more Ed begins to fall for her, but he could never be who she wants him to be. Shadow is her dream boy and Ed is just a guy she dated once. Too bad Lucy can¿t see what¿s right in front of her.I adored this book. Ms. Crowley writes with so much feeling, you can¿t help but get sucked into the story. There is a lot of imagery in the text and I could vividly see every piece of art as it was described. The book shifts between the first-person views of Ed and Lucy, and is peppered with poems by Poet, Shadow¿s partner in crime. I loved the alternating perspectives as Lucy searches for her mystery man and Ed silently wishes he could be half the guy Lucy describes. The ending was perfect and left me wanting more. It reminded me somewhat of Nick & Norah¿s Infinite Playlist, which I also adored. If you¿re looking for a great, contemporary romance, I highly recommend this one.(Review based on an Advanced Reader¿s Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley)
themusescircle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading Graffiti Moon was an absolute pleasure. Not only was the book beautifully written, but setting the story around art--specifically 2 art forms (graffiti and glass-blowing) that are not really focused on in most novels, is pure genius. I'm not sure if this book is a product of research or if the author grew up around graffiti artists and glassblowers. Whichever it is, Cath Crowley did an amazing job with her descriptions of Shadow's many walls throughout the city and Lucy's passion for glass-blowing.Graffiti has always been an interesting art form to me. It's fascinating how someone can take a basic idea, object, or thing and blow it up on a wall to either express how they feel or to convey a message to the world. And how fast the artists work! I know for many it's the adrenaline rush that gives them the energy to work feverishly.The glass-blowing aspect was a pleasant surprise. I knew the book was about a girl who is searching for a graffiti artist named Shadow, but I never expected Lucy to be a glassblower! The reason this excites me is because I live in the South Jersey area (in the US) and grew up near a place called Wheaton Village. It is the home of the Museum of American Glass and when I was a kid, I would go on class trips there. And guess what? We got to actually watch glassblowers do exactly what is described in Graffiti Moon! So talk about bringing back childhood memories!Even though the book is under 300 pages and majority of the story is told within a 24 hour period, the story is packed tight with different themes that many teens go through. Also, strong characterization earned Graffiti Moon a star alone. Cath Crowley is a master of detail. As I was reading along, I couldn't help but take some character notes. Check out my notes below:----- ----- -----Lucy: In search of a mysterious Graffiti Artist named Shadow. She is very artistic herself-- she practices glass-blowing. Her parents are very eccentric and because of this, she has perhaps a little more freedom then most teens her age. Her father, who currently is staying in the shed, is a magician, working on his jokes and tricks. Her mother is in the process of writing a novel. Although her parents try to explain to Lucy that they just need space during these creative processes, she thinks they are headed for a divorce. Do they eventually get a divorce? Will Lucy find the ever allusive Shadow?Jazz: Jazz is Lucy's best friend and claims to be psychic. She has a flair for drama and wants to go into acting. Since this is their last year of high school, she wants to find passion--in the form of a kiss-- to use that "experience" during auditions once they graduate. Could Leo be the muse she is looking for?Ed: Ed lives with his mother in a tiny flat. His mom is putting herself through nursing school while working nights. Ed was working in a paint store until the owner, Bert, died of a heart attack. Ed once had a thing for Lucy. They went on a date but like most young men, he let his hormones get the best of him and he touched her butt. She instinctively elbowed him in the nose, breaking it. Two weeks later, he drops out of school. Could Ed still have feelings for Lucy? Why did he drop out of school?Leo: Leo is Ed's best friend and he writes beautiful poetry. He borrowed money from Malcolm Dove and has only a certain amount of time to pay him back before Dove and his goons come after him. Leo devises this plan for him and Ed to break into the school and steal supplies so they can get cash to pay Malcolm back. When he meets Jazz, feelings he thought were long buried because of another girl, start to resurface. Could Jazz be a game changer? Why did Leo borrow money from Malcolm Dove? Will his plan work or will he drag Ed down with him?----- ----- -----Besides excellent characterization, I mentioned before that Cath Crowley has a beautiful way with words. Perspectives alternate between Lucy and Ed, but right before Ed's sections start, Leo's poetry is on display, some
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, I am not sure if this sounds weird or not, but I have a secret fascination with graffiti art. The vibrant colors, the larger-than-life fonts, the awe-inspiring visuals ¿ I know they can deface a side of someone else¿s property without permission, but holy aerosol, there are some stunning pieces of work that make my heart sing!Which may explain why GRAFFITI MOON seems to have left a lasting impression on my heart, but I also think the characters and quality writing may have played a bigger role in making this a book worth remembering.THE GOOD BITS{Story from 3 different angles} I have read stories where multiple perspectives do not seem to work, but GRAFFITI MOON manages to pull it off in a way that each chapter jumpstarts the next one as it ties the characters together. I would say that Lucy and Ed are the main narrators here, but at random intervals we get free verse from Poet (Ed¿s partner-in-crime) that literally floored me every time with its depth. Both Lucy and Ed had interesting stories to tell ¿ and I particularly enjoyed hearing each side of their story about how their first and only date failed in epic proportions.{Feed my inner art junkie!} Not only did GRAFFITI MOON capture the vivid intensity of graffiti art, but it also went into breath-taking detail of glass-blowing (another secret admiration of mine) and described Lucy¿s genius art project. There is nothing more evocative ¿ or more difficult ¿ than putting to words the energy and passion that comes from art, and somehow Cath Crowley had gathered that up and molded it into a beautiful love story where two artists realize that they speak the same language.THE BAD BITS{Too stinking cute!} Okay, kidding. Well, admittedly, the interactions between Lucy and Ed are pretty adorable even if they prefer not to be in the same room as each other. But in all seriousness, the cuteness is NOT a bad thing. I just cannot think of anything else to say.THE OVERALLLOVE, LOVE, LOVE. I don¿t think I can say that enough. GRAFFITI MOON may sound deceptively simple, but I promise that you will fall in love with the characters and be pulled into their artspeak. Funny, heartfelt, and altogether charming, GRAFFITI MOON hit my eye like a big pizza pie and I enjoyed every second of it!
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! Right from the start of meeting Lucy riding her bike. Her thoughts of meeting Shadow and what she thought about him, what she knew about him left me intrigued. It's the end of the year and Lucy want to looks for him. The painter after her own heart. The one that creates life like images like a theft in the night. No one knowing who he is, Lucy want to meet him. After the first few chapters, I was ready to set out to look for Shadow who she readily adored.Have you ever been so blinded that you don't see what's in front of your eyes? Well, this happen to me. I met the love of my life when I was just 14. I hadn't know it then. We dated and broke up. We met a few years later after high school and got married. I think about it now and realized "Why didn't I see him then?" I still don't know the answer to that question but Lucy set me on reading adventure that I wanted to go on. Ms. Crowley created such a great book with so much meaning behind it. The writing style of the book hooks to the reader from the very first page. I adore how Ms. Crowely gives the reader several points of view without a confusing mess. Each characters tells their story all connecting to each other. By the end of the story, your in love with what you've read. I laughed at the craziness of what the characters go through, but also see the love that in their hearts.This book has the greatest love interest I have ever seen! I loved that secrecy of the characters. What so great about this book is that just a few chapters in, you know who Shadow is. Ms. Crowley put the reader in the loop and you can't help but giggle with all the craziness of the night. Ms. Crowley lets the reader indulge in knowing the secret while going along with it. For me, it's super fun that the reader knows the secret before the character does.With that being said, read this book. I can't tell you how much you will love it. Both Shadow and Poet are boys you will never forget!*drinking/cursing*
YABliss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book captured my heart and made me fall in love with YA for the millionth time, again. Astounding in its characterization, brilliantly developed in its plot, and gorgeously poetic in its writing, Graffiti Moon is the first 2012 book to make it to my all-time favorites (And only two 2011 book managed that). I've been telling everyone I can to read it, because it portrays exactly what I love the most about well done contemporary, with a great I-hate-you-but-I'm-attracted-to-you romance, and breathtaking writing, that apparently one gets from being born in Australia because I can only compare it to Melina Marchetta.The story is told from alternating point of views from Lucy and Ed. It allows us to know more than they do about what's really going on and it makes the story even more gripping. You're desperately waiting for *the moment* when they'll both know everything we know. It was just perfect. The other aspect that I particularly enjoyed in way that no book has ever allowed me to enjoy, was the setting. It made this book more than special for me. I know it's set in Australia and I've never been, but it must look exactly like my city (Caracas, Venezuela) because I felt at home. You can tell it's nothing like America. It was quite unbelievable for me to finally find a book that resembled my teen experience a little. Therefore, the setting was extremely rich and vivid and also very 'artsy' another aspect I adored.If you love contemporary, if you enjoyed Stephanie Perkins, if you want to peek at how YA should always be written, or all the above... YOU NEED TO READ THIS.
duchess_mommy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
***Received from NETGALLEY*** On the last night of her senior year, Lucy is convinced by her BFF Jazz to go out and create everlasting memories. Along with a mutual friend Daisy, the three go out in search of a night of adventure. All Lucy really cares about is finding the city¿s mysterious graffiti artist who goes by the name of `Shadow¿. Lucy¿s fallen in love with him through his work over the years, - except Lucy has never actually SEEN him. No one has. Jazz and Daisy agree to help her search for Shadow, and knows some guys who claim to know who Shadow is. One of those guys being Ed, someone she went on a sort-of-date with two years ago that ended with less than perfect results. When Lucy and Ed get separated from the rest of the group throughout the course of the night, they both discover that what you may be seeking the most, whether it be a specific person or acceptance, open your eyes. Those things may be right in front of your face. This is book originally came out in Australia in 2010, and lucky for us in the US, it¿s being released here. It¿s an easy book to over look, but shouldn¿t be. Before requesting this story from NetGalley I read other readers review¿s on GoodReads. One of those said something along the lines, `If you are in a slump and don¿t know what to read next, read this! You won¿t regret it.¿ And those are the words I¿m passing on to you. Author Cath Crowley obviously knows her stuff when it comes to art, and paints scenes so vivid you can see them even if your eyes are seeing words on a page. The love story keeps you in suspense until the last few pages. (So much that I was late to work today!) A quick read because you won¿t want to put it down since you get both Lucy & Ed¿s POV¿s.4 out of 5 STARS
ReginaR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are some young adult books that center on teen-aged characters and the storyline is very, well teenage in maturity level. These books are written solely for a younger audience. Then there are young adult books that have teen-aged characters and the storyline is one the resonates with audiences of all ages. This last kind of young adult book is where Graffiti Moon falls. Graffiti Moon is a coming of age novel told from the alternating view point of two characters ¿ Ed and Lucy. The story is simple and sweet. The characters have reached a point in their life where they are leaving behind the markers of childhood and moving on into the first stages of adulthood. The book takes place over one night; one night that the characters have decided is their night to grow up and define how their young adulthood will begin. Graffiti Moon¿s story is enriched through the characters¿ memories of happenings and events over their lifetime and brought to the pages through flashbacks. I feel like if I call Graffiti Moon a sweet love story, it will confuse what this book is about. But I cannot leave out that there is a sweet love story taking place and developing throughout the story. I think that if I call this book simply a ¿coming of age¿ novel, then that categorization misses the mark in describing how deeply this story can affect people who have truly moved beyond their own coming of age moment. Graffiti Moon is the story of two teenagers who are done with high school and high school jobs and may or may not have hopes for the future but they are no longer kids. The characters have romantic fantasies about their ideal boyfriend or girlfriend and intense loyalty to their friends. Small events become big and crazy in the way that can only happen when one is a teenager. I really liked Graffiti Moon, it is funny with witty dialogue and some interesting surprising turns in the storyline. I was rooting for Lucy and I was rooting for Ed, even when they were stupid and making such silly -- well teenaged motivated ¿ decisions. Have you ever had the fantasy of what a perfect boyfriend would be? Do you remember keeping a list of what you wanted in a guy? He has to like X and he has to do Y. Well Lucy is no different. As the story unwinds Lucy has to realize what all the readers have likely learned themselves by now, that love and romance does not come in perfect packages. The book has quite a few funny scenes between Lucy and her friends and then between Ed and their friends. The dialogue is witty and the jokes are good, but I did find that there were a bit too many of these scenes and admittedly skimmed a few of them. However, the book is short and these scenes demonstrate the strong friendship between the two sets of friends. The ending was sweet and of course everything was wrapped up rather perfectly, but it is a young adult story. I could not have asked for or wanted more.
Shell_C1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cath Crowley¿s Graffiti Moon is an exquisite exposé of love, lust, street-art, crime, growing up and letting go. Set in Melbourne¿s Western Suburbs with a brief foray into the heart of the city, the story follows six teenagers (Lucy, Ed, Jazz, Leo, Dylan and Daisy) as they celebrate the last night of Year 12. Love struck Lucy is the focus of the story as she searches for the elusive graffiti artist known as `Shadow¿, gallantly accompanied by the boy she once almost dated, Ed. The fact that she broke Ed¿s nose on their `almost date¿ ads to the reader¿s intrigue as their rapport develops. Meanwhile there¿s a crime to be planned, a cockroach eating gangster to be reckoned with, romances to be navigated and secret identities to be exposed. Her fourth novel for young adults, Crowley¿s Graffiti Moon is an enjoyable read as the gritty reality of adolescence is contrasted with a sensitive streak of complex parental relationships, the beauty and poignancy of art, the generosity of loyal mateship and the selfless love of senior mentors. What impressed me most about the novel was the fluidity of the plot, the way the reader was privy to information that the characters were not (e.g Shadow¿s true identity) and Crowley¿s evocative descriptions of Shadow¿s work which leaves the reader feeling as though they have had a tour of Melbourne¿s finest laneways by the time they put the book down. Graffiti Moon was short-listed for the Children¿s Book Council Young Adult Book of the Year award (2011) and won the Ethel Turner Prize for Young Adult¿s Literature, accolades which this book richly deserves. It is a delight to read and a thought provoking novel to share with proud Melbournian¿s, street-art aficionados and anyone who appreciates a good yarn.
novelgoddess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lucy is in love! Only problem, she¿s in love with a graffiti artist know as ¿Shadow¿. Lucy would give anything to find Shadow¿she¿s convinced that she truly knows him through his art. Lucy is an artist too, only she works with glass.One night, Lucy and her friends meet up with Leo, Ed, and Dylan. They claim to know Shadow and promise to take Lucy to where he will be later in the evening. Only problem¿Lucy knows Ed, he took her out on her one and only date, which ended with her breaking his nose! While looking for Shadow, Ed and Lucy spend a lot of time discussing Shadow¿s art and the work of other artists¿they soon discover they have more in common than their first date ever uncovered.This tale is told in shifting perspectives¿at times when Ed is done with his side of the story, Lucy¿s picks up and rehashes what we just read from Ed. I thought that reiteration was redundant since we didn¿t learn anything earth shattering from the new perspective. That would be my only complaint with this book!Lucy and Ed both see the beauty in the world around them. Ed is compelled to paint and Lucy to blow glass. One of the things I did enjoy was when the characters referenced an artist or piece of work. I always have to go see it online so I can see what it is they talking about. In this work, a couple of my favorite artists were discussed which always adds to the appeal! My only wish was that I could have seen Shadow¿s work! It sounded so fascinating and while Crowley does a beautiful job of describing the work, I know my mind¿s eye isn¿t as good at rendering it. I would have really loved to see Lucy¿s bottles too!It¿s amazing how much can happen to two people in one night. There was some fantastic and snarky dialog between Ed and Lucy as they worked through their first date and Ed¿s subsequent nose breaking. I love good snark and Cath Crowley had it in spades! This was a fun and funny read! I would really like to read more from Crowley in the future!
Annesanse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sometimes when I have a book I'm really looking forward to, I find myself procrastinating when it comes to actually reading it. (Mostly because I have such high hopes for it and I HATE disappointment.) This was one of those books for me. I fell in love with the premise of Graffiti Moon months ago, and bought it as soon as it became available. I finally just made myself start it, and I'm so glad to say that I absolutely loved it!It reminded me slightly of An Abundance of Katherines by John Green which I also loved. I just love when you get to see the thought processes of the characters. I like to know why they do and say the things that they say and do. It was a really interesting story too, but the writing style was the kind that I really enjoy reading. I have the audio version of the book, and the narrators were awesome! The main girl and main guy did excellent jobs, which just made the whole experience even better. Quote: "Where's the fire, Lucy Dervish?" "In me. Under my skin." (a thought, not an actually quote, but I loved it)
BoundlessBookaholic More than 1 year ago
I’ve heard amazing things about this book, so I gave it a go during #ContemporaryAThon. I’m so glad I did. At the beginning I wasn’t too sure, but I ended up really enjoying this one. I’m giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars. The narrators were good, although I didn’t like one as much as the others (Poet). I enjoyed the different POVs on this one, although some of the book was just repeating the same things from the next person’s perspective. Regardless, I still liked it a lot. There’s not a ton of it out in the world, but graffiti artists in books are becoming more common lately. I think this is the third, or fourth, book I’ve read in a few years about them. I definitely can’t wait to try out this author’s other books, especially Words in Deep Blue. I’ve heard amazing things about that book as well! I pretty much liked all the characters who we focused on throughout the book. They all felt real to me…like I could be friends with them. There’s not a ton of romance in this one, but it’s a great read nevertheless. And it’s not long, so you could easily finish it in a day if you wanted to/had the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wouldnt call it great but not horrible it was a little on the slower side so it wasnt my favorite
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
So yeah this took me a while to read than I thought. Night on the town, finding a mysterious artist called Shadow and two people re connecting? Sounds like a good read? Yes it actually was. The beginning was good, setting characters, setting and all, up. In the middle got a little bored and put it aside. Then later picked it up again. Liked the two POVs as you get in their head, etc and what they learn in the end. Near the end it, it picked up and was pretty good. While reading this, kept thinking how and when will she find out who Shadow really is and what her reaction would be? The premise kind of reminded me of another read, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Except that was music and this one's graffiti, glass blowing, painting. Again, pretty good read.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
Graffiti Moon was such a surprise! It is an Australian, young adult, contemporary story about a group of teens and art. Oh, the art! Who would have thought you could read about visual pieces of work and envision them in such detail that there is no need to actually see them with your eyes. I never gave graffiti art a second glance before reading this book, but afterwards I found myself on google searching images and was amazed by some of the creativity and talent out there. The reader follows the two main characters Lucy and Ed while they search for Shadow, an anonymous youth who leaves his graffiti art all over town wherever he can find a wall and no cops. I really liked that the plot was set over the course of one night. It was fast-paced, funny, sensitive, and held plenty of surprises. Lucy is determined to find Shadow and meet him. "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. A guy who paints things like that is a guy I could fall for. Really fall for." The author's writing style is poetic and lyrical and the book features sections of free verse poetry from one of the side characters, Poet. I listened to the audiobook and adored the deep Australian accents. Three narrators were used for the audio and it worked beautifully. I just adored Graffiti Moon and would recommend it to any age group. My favorite quote: "I like that about art, that what you see is sometimes more about who you are than what's on the wall."
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BookPortrait More than 1 year ago
This book had me intrigued before I even opened the pages. From the great cover to the synopsis, Graffiti Moon seemed like it could be a very sweet book with a great love story. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. Lucy has been admiring Shadow's graffiti for a long time, but more than that, she admires him. She knows that whoever is behind this beautiful artwork has to be the guy for her, and to celebrate her senior year being over, she is determined to find him. Her friends, however, have other plans for her - plans that include going to a party with Ed, a guy with whom she had an awful date a while back. Lucy agrees to go along with her friends as long as they still look for Shadow. As luck would have it, Ed is friends with Shadow and offers to help Lucy find him. Together they explore the city, finding some of Shadow's best work and talking as though their bad date had never happened. But what Lucy doesn't know is how many secrets are between them...and all good things must come to an end... Let me begin by saying that I think I am in the minority when it comes to reactions to this book. Even though it had it's good points, I had more issues with it than I was expecting. It took me a while to get into this book. What I considered to be a major plot point was revealed fairly early (read: in the first ten pages), and that threw me off a bit. Beyond that, though, not much happened in the first third of the book. However, during the setup, a lot of the dialogue was hard to follow, forcing me to reread passages several times to determine who was saying what. And although I did like Ed and could sympathize with him, I found it difficult to connect with the other characters. What kept me reading this book (because I did consider putting it down) was Crowley's writing style. She used some beautiful imagery, and I enjoyed seeing how Shadow's graffiti translated into Poet's words and then into Lucy's interpretation. I also liked the extra poems that were interspersed with the chapters of Ed and Lucy's point of view. Yet even though I did finish the book and liked the ending, I never felt the connection to the story that I was hoping for. As I said before, I am in the minority with my feelings about this book. Though Graffiti Moon didn't meet my expectations, I wouldn't discount reading something by Cath Crowley in the future for her writing style alone. For other opinions of this book, I suggest checking out these reviews from Ginger at GReads! and Tara at Fiction Folio.
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I really liked this novel. It was a really nice contemporary with an art theme and a cute romance. It is a little predictable since it is told from two points of view, but it was great. I liked the pace of the story. It really felt to be told in real time. Although I really liked Graffiti Moon I really like something with a little more edge so I didn't completely fall head over heels for it. I do also wish Cath would have included illustrations of shadows work through out the novel. I recommend this to those who love contemporaries or want a nice cute story to read their troubles away.
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
Graffiti Moon is one of those books that really needs to be aborbed properly; you hear the words, and let them sink in for their full affect until you're completely wrapped up in this dreamlike contemporary story. There were a number of things I really loved about Graffiti Moon, yet a few areas I found lacking. It's deeply moving at times, humourous at others, yet it still felt to me like it lacked a certain charm. Reasons to Read: 1. Words that ebb and flow: I'm so glad I listened to this one on audio, because the prose-like writing in some passages is totally meant to be read aloud. And the writing style really lends to the story's setting, because it gives the whole book this sort of dreamlike quality to it which is perfect for a book that takes place in the middle of the night. And I loved that there was this huge emphasis on art, and different kinds of art, and how it doesn't always have to be traditional. 2.Humour, anticipation, and romance: First of all, this is definitly my kind of sense of humour. I loved the jokes, and the quirky little bits - like how Lucy punched Ed and broke his nose on their first date after he tried to make a move on her. I loved how they could laugh things off and (eventually) move on. And there's just so much build-up to all the various, mixed-up subplots that the anticipation just keeps building and BUILDING until you're waiting for it to explode. And for them to just make out already. 3.Very much a coming of age tale: There's a strong theme of growing up and change which is prevelant in Graffiti Moon; and I just loved seeing how these various characters gradually evolved throughout the night and really got to know each other, and themselves, a bit better. And of course, this ultimately leads up to some drastic changes for a couple of characters. And while I had hoped I would fall in love with this story much like most other readers had, I still felt like something was lacking. It took me a little while to get into the story and connect with the characters, because there felt like a few too many subplots were moving forward for me. I prefer to focus on one or two central, and keep the rest to a minimum. Otherwise it just feels like background noise. But mostly I felt like there was all of this build up (which I loved)... but with very little by the end. I'd be anxiously listening, waiting to hear what happesn next, holding my breath... only to be caught off guard by rather small conclusions and responses taking place. It was like blowing up a balloon only to watch it slowly fizzle out. So while I really did like it, especially the poetic writing style and phrases (which are gorgeous and I could read passages from this book without needing any context at all, just little snippets of prose) and I loved the emphasis on art and growing up- I didn't LOVE it. It failed to move me the way I had hoped it would. Thoughts on the audio: I'm a big fan of audio books that feature multiple narrators, so having three voices: one for Lucy, one for Ed, and one for Poet worked really well for me. Plus, they all fit the personality of each character SO well & I love listening to accents. No complaints here!
Clara_Elisabeth More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up just on a whim. I liked the cover and needed a book to occupy my time. I don't regret it. It is wonderful for a book I just picked up based on the cover. This book follows Lucy and Ed, who have a bad past together, on a night through their town looking for a graffiti artist named Shadow. Lucy has been wanting to meet Shadow but barely misses him each time. Then Ed offers to search the town with her for the elusive Shadow, claiming he knows where he would most likely be. At first, the two are tense around each other. As the night thins out and they discover more art the two become more friendly. They each have something that holds their thoughts. You learn more about each character through their art than their conversations. I liked this book because of the meaning behind the art. The way their thoughts couldn't be put into words exactly but the art held it all. Each piece held an emotion, a thought that couldn't exactly be defined the way its felt. I liked the poetry weaved through and the different views a piece could have. As it said in the book, what you see is more about you and less about whats on the wall. I would recommend this book if anyone needed something interesting, but not an emotionally taxing book. I only gave it four stars because it was a bit frustrating at times.