Monday, December 5, 2011

Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers (February 14, 2012)
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover
Series: no.
Source: NetGalley
GoodReads Summary: "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.

My Thoughts: I decided to throw blogging rules to the wind. I know this book won't be published until February, but I can't hold it in anymore. I HAVE to tell you guys of its glory. You know that amazing and rare feeling that you get when you pick up a book and you just KNOW you're in for something good...nay, BRILLIANT? That's the exact feeling that resonated with me throughout the entirety of Graffiti Moon. Why in the world is this the first time I'm reading a Cath Crowley novel? Why haven't I been stalking her and reading random blurbs she writes on scrap paper and napkins? I feel like anything she would write is too beautiful to go to waste, so I want to read it all.

My eyes could not move fast enough to devour Graffiti Moon as quickly and slowly as I wanted them to. Quickly, because this book made a savage out of me. I NEED MORE. Slowly, because I wanted to savor every line and read it twice.

Quirky narrators are pretty much my favorite and Lucy is a perfect example of that. She's a glassblower and she sees beauty in everything. She draws pictures in the sky with her fingers and is crazy about a graffiti artist without a face: Shadow. Speaking of Shadow, he very well may be the most perfect male love interest I've read in recent memory. He's in the top five, that is for sure.

The tension between Ed/Shadow and Lucy is VISCOUS. It's syrupy and melty and oozes all over the pages of Graffiti Moon. If Lucy and Shadow were paper dolls, I would push them together and have them smooching from the get go. (This is why I don't write books.) The longing, the YEARNING, the OMG MAKE OUT ALREADY. I don't even know why I'm writing this review, because I'll never, ever do it justice with my simple words. This book is beautiful. This book is feeling.

Read the synopsis. Read my fangirling. Read Graffiti Moon as soon as humanly possible.



    I love that omgggggg just smuch ur faces together right. this. second feeling this book just oozes!! and the writing is like a dream, all fluid and lush and I WANT TO EAT THIS BOOK LIKE CRAZY. If this book was sexytimes, it would be mindblowing multiple orgasm sexytimes. which is basically THE BEST KIND OMG.

  2. Wow, I mean, I heard this was good...but apparently it is AWESOME. Guess I'll read it this weekend instead of next month...I don't think I can wait after this review! (Especially, since I LOVE TENSION and sexytimes...and your review plus Carla's comment makes me WANT THIS NOW.)

    Great review! Thanks for sharing early. :)

  3. I am reading this right now and I am falling in love. The artisticness. The alternating narrators. The supporting cast. The slow build to the romance. SO DAMN GOOD.

  4. This book is so, so good! I LOVED IT <3

  5. DYING to read this. Damn them for denying me on NetGalley! Out of all the things they could have denied me for they make it this one?!?

  6. this is coming up soon on my list. eep eep squeal squeal. hehe.

    seriously, though, what Carla said makes me want to abandon everything else and just read this one. i ain't gonna lie.

  7. I have actually threatened people to either READ THIS BOOK OR DIE because it is so, so, so beautiful and lyrical and quarky and it has secret identities and graffiti art and misunderstandings and poetry!! and kissing! and bike rides! and the perfect shade of blue!

    This book. Seriously. I want to buy 10 copies for Christmas and hand them out to strangers I meet at the library.

  8. I really loved this one, too, and I loved how you put how the characters were! HOW MUCH did L-O-V-E the art & life talk in this one? Made me smile and think each time it came up! I started writing down all the different artists' names they mentioned.

    Really wonderful review, Jen!

  9. Since this book is already out in Aussie, I don't think it matters that your posting this review now :p but you got everything SPOT ON. This book = magical<3 God, it was pure amazing. Loved the characters and the writing! you make me want to read it again!

    Racquel @ The Book Barbies
    -thank you&come again.

  10. Ahh!! I NEED to read this book! NEED to! Why I haven't already read it, I don't know. But it's going to happen. And SOON. I LOVED Crowley's debut novel (A Little Wanting Song- Go read it. Like, now) and just NEED this one too! SO happy that you loved it! :D:D:D:D Enthusiastic reviews like this always make me all warm & fuzzy inside! :)

  11. This book is ALL over the place. I'm so glad I have it on my Nook so I can hopefully get to it sooner than later.

  12. I agree with everything you said, this book is just pure love! I was smiling practically through all the book and I loved every single part :)


  13. Oh, sweet goodness that tension was the BEST. It pleases me to no end that you loved Graffiti Moon, Jen!!!

  14. Silly me. Was I in a foul mood when I came across this book? Why did I immediately deem this book a Whatevs, Not Reading This book. I'm ashamed.

    Your review makes me want to hang my head in shame. I realized I love the cover and that I'm yearning for the story. And it releases Valentines Day? What a perfect way to celebrate!

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

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