Monday, 20 August 2012

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Graffiti MoonGraffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

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Source: Won
Publisher: Random House
Format: Hardcover, 260 pages
Release Date: February 14, 2012

Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can't see is the one thing that's right before her eyes.
I was raised in a family of artists. My dad is an architect and recently went on a trip to Italy to paint buildings, my sister is a genius with just about any art tool and my mom makes the most beautiful pieces out of nothing. So while I boast no art talent of my one (save for my sock-rocking stick figures) I do like to think I have a healthy appreciation for it.

Cath Crowley writes such a beautiful story in Graffiti Moon. There's this lyrical prose with characters that are easy to love and places that are described so vividly that you’ll feel like you were there. I loved the pieces that Shadow painted and the poems that Poet penned and the glass that Lucy blew. Cath Crowley describes art and it only adds to the enchanting allure of this story.

Lucy and Ed were great characters. They had an easy relationship despite the glaring bump in their road to romance and watching them come together as the events of the night played out was magical. Neither character is without flaws and problems but I loved reading along as they worked through them, especially when it happened together.

Although I didn’t flat-out, completely, 100% love Graffiti Moon like so many others I know, I did really love it. There's something (I have no idea what) that stops me from giving it that 5-star title. I would definitely be up for reading another of Cath Crowley’s works.

Cover Comments: I like this cover so much more than the original Aussie one. The bright colours in the background really pop against the darker tones and I like the pose the cover models are in as well.
4.5 Royal Crowns!


  1. Oh so glad you brought this book back to my attention! I remember reading some reviews but for some reason I never picked it up! It does sound fantastic - although I am as NOT artistic as anyone can be lol!

  2. This was a great contemporary read and I'm glad you seemed to like it as much as I did. Thank you for the fantastic review!

  3. This is one of my all-time contemporary books! I love how Cath Crowley described the Art here and it made me really appreciate it! So glad you enjoyed this, Sonia! Brilliant review! :)

  4. I don't think I've read a bad review for this book! I am a bit worried about the art aspect though, since I have no art skills whatsoever (I can't even draw stickmen). The characters sound great, glad you enjoyed it (even if you didn't totally love it). Great review! :)

  5. I've got this on my TBR list, I fell in love with the synopsis and I love a book that revolves around Art. Great review! I'm looking forward to reading this more. :)
    Isa @ Chasing Quills

  6. :) I love artists and drawing stick figures/doodles! Awesome review!! I definitely want to check out this book! Awesome review!

  7. This looks so wonderful! I've only heard really good things about this book, so I know that I have to pick it up soon. =) It's really neat that you grew up in an artistic family! I'm sure that added to your appreciation of the art in this book. (By the way, I have no artistic skills as well ;)) The characters also sound realistic, which is just what I love. I'm definitely going to be reading this soon!

    Fabulous review Sonia! <3

  8. sounds like a great book- I'll have to check it out

  9. There was something stopping me from giving this 5 stars too, but I did love it as well! I'm glad you enjoyed it, Sonia. Beautiful review. :)

  10. Hehehe sock-rocking stick figures.... you're so cool. Seriously. SO COOL <3 I can't say I have a shred of artistic talent in my body, nor was I raised by artsy people, but I LOVE admiring it. Even the stuff I have no understanding of :D

    I have been meaning to read this for SO long. For one, the author is Australian, plus every review I've read has gushing with praise. AND AND AND I JUST DISCOVERED CATH CROWLEY IS GOING TO BE HERE NEXT WEEK. I NEVER (read: NEVER) get YA authors where I live, so that is INSANELY cool. Except I won't be able to make it. But still, she'll BE here.

    Anyway, I am so happy to hear you enjoyed it! I must get my hands on this soon!

  11. Oh, WOW! I am SO excited to hear you loved it so much, and I am seriously looking forward to it myself.

    Um, as for this? "I was raised in a family of artists. My dad is an architect and recently went on a trip to Italy to paint buildings, my sister is a genius with just about any art tool and my mom makes the most beautiful pieces out of nothing."

    I'm kind of maybe insanely jealous of your family :P

  12. I really loved this book. It was touching and heart-warming! The romance was adorable and the characters and I could TOTALLY be friends! Great review!!