Graffiti Moon

Graffiti Moon

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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.
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  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 259 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 24mm | 381g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0375869530
  • 9780375869532
  • 236,949

About Cath Crowley

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. Visit her at
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19,220 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 37% (7,057)
4 31% (6,012)
3 21% (3,971)
2 7% (1,334)
1 4% (846)

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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!show more
by Brenna Staats
YA Aussie authors, that's the new magic word! I've read a lot of Aussie books lately and I must say that they've indeed got something special down under. Cath Crowley is one ot the authors that have a strong signature. Her words seem to flow easily and I devoured them in a rapid pace. She's got so many artistical elements incorporated into her newest book out in the US, GRAFFITI MOON. Great! Main topic or motif in GRAFFITI MOON? Definitely arts. Lucy, Ed & co. Have a strong connection to arts in general, various artists and to their preferred working material which could be glass, words or walls and colours. We are involved in the discussion and thoughts about the meaning of art in life, for your personality and relationships. I am a huge fan of art, I like to paint so I could easily identify with this very dominant aspect. There's glass, memories, dares, paintings on walls. The description of every single graffiti sounded so stunning, I wished they were all painted in my town so I could gaze at them on my way home. The chapters are told from Ed's, Lucy's and Poet's point of view. Ed and Lucy are great together. He is such a thoughtful boy. His own thoughts and actions stand in huge contrast to the way other people might see him. Lucy is this very casual art chick. I would definitely want to chat with her about all the awesome paintings and pieces of art out there. Chapters of Ed and Lucy often overlap in course of action so that the reader gets the chance to read both perspectives on significant moments. These are only short parts that you listen to twice and it didn't bother me at all. Cath Crowley applied an efficient technique to offer the reader a double portion of experiencing her characters' story. I was so engaged in Lucy and Ed's night they're spending together with their friends who we get to know a bit about, too. The difference between Lucy's and Ed's growing relationship, their past and their mutual task of finding someone who's with them all the time is the most interesting plot string in GRAFFITI MOON. The brooding romance between Lucy and Ed held me captivated throughout the entire read. I loved and enjoyed GRAFFITI MOON pretty much. THE VERDICT GRAFFITI MOON is an artsy and melancholic, but mostly a very thoughtful read. Read Cath Crowley's newest US release and follow the pretty lively and colourfully painted story around Ed and Lucy, their friends, lives and the beautiful and mysterious moments of an exceptional more
by MissPageTurner
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 OVERALL LOVE, 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!show more
by theEPICrat
Lucy was crazy for the graffiti artist, Shadow, who had his pieces out in the streets. There was only one obstacle: she hasn't met him. But through his art pieces, she knew his thoughts and his feelings. But most of all, Lucy knew that Shadow was the one for her. With the help and enthusiasm of Jazz, her psychic friend, the complicated couple Daisy and Dylan, her first date disaster, Ed, and his friend who Jazz liked, Leo. She was the reflection of a hopeful girl. I liked her hopefulness, her uniqueness and her ability to protect herself. I could easily connect with her. Ed was Shadow, the guy Lucy was so crazy about. The funny thing about this was that a few years ago, he was the one crazy about Lucy. He didn't want to reveal his identity especially to Lucy as he led her to a 'search' for Shadow. But as the night progressed and he discovered Lucy's thoughts and feelings about Shadow and his buried feelings for her, could he really keep his secret? Ed was a complex, intriguing character. He was talented in so many ways, unique, realistic and flawed. He was a boy with talents, with a certain spark inside of him. He was a boy who wasn't given a chance by fate to be better, to reach his fullest potential. This was what made it easy for me to connect to him. He reminded me of someone in a similar situation and my heart ached for him. Seeing the world through Lucy's and Ed's eyes was one of the most amazing things in the world. Imagine splashing everything in color, peppering the world with words and commentaries straight from your head and bathing it in the kind of buttery, golden sunlight that's so beautiful you'd want to put it in a glass box and keep it. That's how their world looked like to them. I found it very beautiful. Three persons narrated Graffiti Moon: Lucy, Ed and Poet (Leo). Lucy and Ed's point of views were like two halves of a whole. Each perspective complimented and completed the essence of the other. Without one, I probably wouldn't be able to fully understand the story. Leo's narrative came in the form of poems. He revealed little bits of his life and his thoughts. His narrative followed the trajectory of his love life - his relationship with his last girlfriend, his involvement without commitment with several girls and finally, his possible connection with Jazz. The plot was simple yet fascinating. I'm a sucker for love stories and this one really captivated me. With art, flashbacks and just the right amount of commentaries, I enjoyed this. The cast of characters were well-developed and flawed. I loved how the author gave us flawed characters, highlighted their best and worst and gave me all the reasons to love and hate them. I also liked how the author's writing made my brain run in a thousand directions. The novel was more of a show than tell novel - much like the way The Mortal Instruments was. This was greatly appreciated. Graffiti Moon is a stunning, touching and unforgettable contemporary romance. Beautifully crafted, this novel will show readers life, truth, reality and the world through three pairs of eyes. I highly recommend this to contemporary readers and romance readers!show more
by Precious
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