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).