Thursday, February 2, 2012

Graffiti Moon Review

Author: Cath Crowley
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Publisher: Knopf
Most appropriate for ages: 13+
How I got it: For review through Netgalley

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.
You know when you're on the cusp of adulthood? When you can see your future (in a completely metaphorical sense, unlike the way Jazz can) like it's tomorrow--because you know it's very close to tomorrow, actually. You know the paralyzing fear that comes with it? But also the hope and excitement? Cath Crowley captures that feeling perfectly in Graffiti Moon through her two main characters, Ed and Lucy.

The main characters are what really made this book special for me. I loved Ed and Lucy. I liked their personalities and their inner-narration, and I loved the weird way they talked and their passion for art as intense as my passion for books and pizza (I KNOW!), and I even loved them as they were making mistake after stupid mistake that you just wanna shake them for.

Cath Crowley is truly brilliant for creating such unique characters, and a unique book overall. She has a way of writing that's all her own, and she flaunts it with such finesse and beauty that when an aspiring writer reads it, they just want to give up any dream of writing because who needs me when the world has Cath Freaking Crowley? I will definitely be reading more books from her, 'cause dang.

However, despite my love for Crowley's writing and characters and poems (the poems, guys!), for some reason I could not just give in and love this book with all of my might like I felt I should've. Perhaps it was me being in a sickness-induced reading slump or that I was expecting to LOVELOVE it or something, but I thought I'd just make that known to the masses somewhere in here.

Overall, though something got in the way of me completely adoring this book, I still think it's a really good unique and romantic story that deserves to be read and appreciated by fans of contemporary everywhere.

Plot: It reminded me of a Superbad-like teen flick minus the obsession with sex, which is Jessica World=awesome, because anything to do with Superbad is awesome.
Characters: Great.
Writing: Especially great.
Ending: Wraps things up really nicely.
Kid friendly? There was some language and mentions to sex, as well as some criminal activity, I guess you should call it.
I'll glare at you REAL HARD if you interrupt me too often while reading...but I won't shout.
This was a really good book, but it was just a book, in the end. There was something preventing it from becoming a favorite of mine. However, it is still totally worth the read for fans of contemporary, romance, and art.

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