Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers (February 14, 2012)
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.