On the last night of year 12, Lucy decides to do something a little crazy. Flush with the freedom of being finished with high school, she decides to search for the elusive Shadow, a graffiti artist whose work speaks to her. She’s pretty sure she could fall for shadow. Accompanying Lucy on her search is Ed, a boy without a job who dropped out in year 10 who had his nose broken on a horrible date by Lucy two years ago. He’s got a few secrets of his own. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley nails that feeling of freedom and adventure and love you have right when you are on the cusp of adulthood before bills on a night when ANYTHING is possible.
Intertwined with Lucy and Ed’s viewpoints in Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (they have alternating chapters) are poems by Leo, Ed’s best friend, describing the night. AND the poems are quite lovely and well done, there is none of that rhyming crap and it’s an element I loved so much that I just had to include it in my review.
Cath Crowley’s writing style is gorgeous and seems to follow this trend I kinda noticed where all the Aussie authors I read are unbelievably good. When you read Graffiti Moon, you should let the words and the prose wrap around you and immerse yourself in the experience because Crowley’s writing is delectable.
ALSO, there are SWOONS aplenty in Graffiti Moon. Look, sometimes in life we meet people at the wrong time, then they come back and it is knee buckling sigh swoon age. If you like to sigh when you read because of chemistry and romance, read Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley.
I cannot think of a better book to have ended 2011 with — Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley is filled with all the possibilities of a night open to adventure and reminded me what it was like to be young and impulsive and also able to say awake past midnight.
Disclosure: Received for review via Netgalley.