Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

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 review: In which I feel like I am slightly fangirling.

Graffiti Moon takes place over one night (although there are some flashbacks) and is told from two POV's: Lucy and Ed.

This book is genius.

It's exactly why I love reading YA.

Somehow this book perfectly captures how I felt as a teen - that big dreaming scheming place in my head, a place where night time is magical and when boys can make you tingle just by looking at them across the room.

It's funny and heart felt and the whole scenario is one of the best set-ups I've read. And I wish I could tell you the hook but I don't want to give away spoilers... so, you'll have to see for yourself.

Graffiti Moon is completely addictive with the tension building so beautifully that I just had to keep reading, wondering how it was all going to play out.

It's sprinkled with stunning prose and scenes described to masterfully that I felt I was right there. really, I have rarely read such beautiful, compelling prose - poetic and lyrical and funny and smart - words that beg to be re-read and swilled around in your mouth like a good wine.

The dialogue was brilliant. BRILLIANT. It kills me, dialogue like that. Sigh.

The characters are so completely awesome that they stand up and walk around, leaping off the page. They are also completely teenagery in the very best of ways.

The boys in this novel are charming and off-beat, wildly funny and completely crush-worthy and so nuanced that they are unique - not carbon copied characters that you'd find between the pages of another book.

The girls are captivating, sometimes sly and always fun. They are genuine and their moments of angst have such flair that you can't help but completely love them.

It's not just me who is raving about this. Check out more reviews @ goodreads

Anyway, Graffiti Moon spoke to me and is one of my favourite reads this year and for a girl who loves contemp YA with a splash of romance - well the love story in this one is completely awesome.


5 Stars, hey? Absolutely :)

Not out in the US yet :( - But, all Aussies out there - track this one down and do a happy dance when you have it. I found my copy in Kmart (so weird, kind of, as normally they only stock commercial stuff).

xx

Nomes

13 comments:

  1. This is a great review! Did you change your style or something? I think the bolding and colouring actually helped my reading of it, as well as the short paragraphs. Perhaps I should try it too...

    Anyway, you've gotten me to add this to my TBR. Before, I didn't think this would be the kind of book I'd like, but it actually sounds really good!

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  2. OK not fair, you get me all excited and then tell me I can't get the book yet. Great review though so much passion, I will be getting this when it is released in the US. Thanks

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  3. Yay for Graffiti Moon love! I adored this too
    Awesome review Nomes :)

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  4. Ahh you know you are my book guru you can't do such an incredible review then tell me I can't get hold of the book. It sounds amazing, definitely in my to buy list!

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  5. @ Cass: oooh - thanks. i dont think i changed my style - i just do it however it occurs to me at the time :) it is usch an awesome book - way better than what I thought it would be!

    @ Jan & Alexa: hopefully it will come out in the states soon! x

    @ Girl Friday: it's so good, hey?

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  6. Ah, now I know why I haven't seen this one! The cover is something I would of noticed on a shelf.

    I'm glad you liked it so much.

    Mad Scientist

    madsteampunkery.blogspot.com

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  7. I just love the title of the book :P. I shall try and get my hands on this even though it's not out in the UK - you've convinced me! Now to browse Amazon...

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  8. I've heard you rave about this one - about time you did a review!! Not out in the US??? Blah.

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  9. Lovely review. I've heard so much about this book; I really hope it'll become available in the US.

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  10. I couldn't agree more! I'm reading it for the second time and enjoying it even more, and that's saying something.

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  11. I'm SO glad you loved this book! It is up there as one of my all time favourites!

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  12. Ahhh Nomes you've made me want to read this book even more now, I have to find myself a copy!

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Thanks for the commenty love <3