Title: Graffiti Moon
Author: Cath Crowley
Release Date: August 2010
Published By: Pan Macmillian
Goodreads Rating: 4.25 stars
Review: All Lucy wants the night of her Year 12 graduation is to finally meet Shadow, the elusive graffiti artist who paints the walls of the city, but instead she's stuck with Ed, the last person she wants to be with. He takes her around the city to the places where Shadow's art of loneliness, heartbreak, and love are displayed, but the harder she looks, the more apparent it becomes that she can't see what's right in front of her.
GRAFFITI MOON is, of course, a story about artwork, but what I didn't realize going in is that the writing itself is pure art. Cath Crowley weaves gorgeous descriptions that bring you right there to that quiet, beautiful night Lucy and Ed are in, and all the pages were just absolutely brimming with that rich atmosphere. Although the book is relatively slow with its emotional explorations, the story sucks you in and keeps you completely absorbed.
I've always admired novels that take place over a short period of time, and this book gets no less admiration. Even though, the story is just about a single night, the characters are revealed to such depth and such detail that you feel you know them as intimately as if you read an entire series. A wide breadth of themes were explored as well, going from friendship to love to shattered illusions and dreams, all in a sensitive and beautiful manner.
This is a book that would be lovely to be read at night, but could really be read anywhere at any time because of how deeply the author pulls the reader into the setting. Lucy and Ed are such rich, dimensional characters with complex back stories and emotional explorations that turn one night into an ageless and beautiful journey. Honestly, there's no other rating I could give than five stars and no other recommendation that to just read it.
I received a free copy of this book for review from the publisher. This is no way affected my review.