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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Review: Graffiti Moon

Title: Graffiti Moon
Author: Cath Crowley
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Published: February 14th 2012
Source: Net Galley

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.

Before anything else, I must give note to Crowley's writing. It's beautiful, poetic and will take you to another place. From her own poetry to her descriptions of artwork, her expression is elegant and bewitching. Whether you're a lover of the arts or if you've just stumbled across this novel by chance, you'll be able to appreciate and see art in a completely different way. Just magical and inspiring!

From the synopsis, it's obvious how the novel will play out. Shadow and Ed are one and the same, and Graffiti Moon follows the journeys of Ed and Lucy as they discover what they both want in life. While it's Lucy's mission to hunt down Shadow, a street artist who she admires and is in love with the idea of, Ed has the tougher task of straightening out his life. He's a high school dropout who works in a paint shop and tension in the novel is consistently built until we reach the end, when Ed must decide whether or not to rob the local high school for money.  

Grafitti Moon is like one big bundle of dramatic irony. The characters are so shielded from the truth and we're kept wondering when they'll finally discover the truth! Will something terrible happen in the mean time? Will there be a misunderstanding that'll ruin everything? Will Ed and Lucy get their happy ending? You'll have to wait and see! I think I expected too much of an "epic romance" which was why I was let down a little in that department. There was nothing romantic about the novel but it was, nevertheless, still a fantastic read about self-identity.

Art is essential to this story. It's through art that Lucy desires Shadow, that we learn about what Ed's thinking and what he's experienced, and that Lucy and Ed bond, seeing each other in a new light and without prejudice. You see, not too long ago...Lucy stupidly agreed to a date with Ed. He was a slob and she still has no idea why she thought it would be a good idea. So, a bad date involving Lucy and her fists…cue mutual dislike. It was nice seeing the characters transform. They come a long way!

Again, I thought this novel had a brilliant concept. It's more a "finding yourself" contemporary than a "falling in love" one, but it's still enjoyable. Graffiti Moon teaches us lessons about outward appearances and reinforces some important values that are easily forgotten. You never know..."the one" might be right in front of you too ;) With imagery so realistic, this novel is a piece of artwork in itself!

I read this so long ago and the review's just been sitting in my folders! Had to post up reviews for more important books first but anyway, glad to see so many Aussie books finally making it out into the world!

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