Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age recommendation: Teens, Young adult
Lucy is obsessed with Shadow, and yet she hasn’t manage to meet him. She dreams about talking to him and falling for him. Whenever she receives news about his whereabouts, she’d head over to his location as quickly as possible hoping to reach before he leaves, but she doesn’t. Today, she celebrates completing Year 12. At a midnight party, Ed suggest going out to find Shadow, who only paints his beautiful murals at night.
Ed made that suggestion impulsively. He doesn’t want to be near Lucy, if he can help it, because of their past. When Lucy agrees, it is up to him to bring her to the places where Shadow painted. They roam the streets at night as Lucy takes in the art of the person she has never met. The night isn’t long; truth is knocking at the door. Shadow is right where Lucy can see him.
The teen language in this book, minus the explicit words (which I thought was often unnecessary), is so good! The author hit the mark with the short sentences that conveys volumes. Her descriptions of certain thoughts of the characters are rich and the writing style suited the characters and tone of the book very well.
Readers know the identity of Shadow right from the very start of Graffiti Moon. When I read the synopsis of the book, I had thought that one of the themes would be the mystery of Shadow. Instead of that, the mystery is whether Lucy will find out Shadow’s identity or not, and if she does, how, or if she doesn’t, why. Although I hadn’t expected this to be like that, it worked very well.
The chapters alternate between Lucy and Ed. We get to read their point of views, and it’s really interesting because their point of views for some scenes overlap, and what they perceive about the words or body language of the other person is enlightening. There wasn’t a time where I wished I could know what the other character is thinking.
Art. Shadow is such a talented guy! How he could translate his thoughts into special graffiti images never ceased to surprise me. Now, I am not a big fan of art. I like graffiti sometimes, when I see it. Personally, I think that graffiti artists have been endowed with a special talent, but they misuse their talent when they vandalize public walls. But, I would love to see Shadow’s graffiti any time of the day. He sprays whatever his thoughts are and it would be nice to analyze his art.
Shadow is my favorite character hands down. He’s creative, artistic (these two goes hand-in-hand together, I guess), brilliant, and he makes mistakes. He isn’t the flawless hero, but that makes him all the more realistic and likeable. Lucy is a nice character too. I liked the way she made the right decisions. She was sometimes suspicious and I wondered why she wasn’t suspicious at the moments that she needed to be suspicious.
About the author
Cath Crowley is the author of the multi–award-winning Graffiti Moon as well as several other books for young adults and children. She was raised in rural Victoria, Australia. She studied professional writing and editing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and works as both a freelance writer and a part-time teacher in Melbourne. In 2011, Cath won the Australian Prime Minister’s Award for her teen novel, Graffiti Moon.Visit her website at www.cathcrowley.com.au to learn more about her and her books.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the galley of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”