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.
If you’ve talked to me in the past couple of weeks, you’ve heard me gush about Graffiti Moon. I have a confession, I’m not always a big fan of books that switch POVs. Especially between male and female ones that are written by one author. If they are done correctly, they top my favorite books list, but too often one character comes off as week or not as important as the other. Graffiti Moon is one book that gets that style right.
I picked up Graffiti Moon expecting a fun, light contemporary romance. I have to say it was so much more than that. It went a bit deeper than I was expecting, putting it as one of my favorite contemporary reads. Ever.
Lucy and her two girlfriends just graduated. They have decided to have a life-changing night to celebrate. Each has different goals. Lucy’s is to find Shadow, a graffiti artist whose work speaks to her. When her friends go off to work on their own goals, Lucy is stuck with Ed, a guy she has a history with and isn’t exactly crazy about. Ed isn’t all that crazy about her either, but finds her mission hilarious for reasons not really “spoilery”. (But I’m going to omit them, just in case!)
Paired up with Ed and his friends, Lucy and her friends manage to get into tons of trouble and in their search for the perfect celebration. As the story unfolds we see peeks into what happened to make Lucy and Ed not see eye-to-eye, plus their true feelings about each situation. The entire book is such a fun adventure, I was hooked from page one and finished the book the same night.
Crowley has managed a book reminiscent of books by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. Think Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist or Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, only set in Australia. It’s funny, it’s charming, and just so entertaining. Graffiti Moon is the sort of book I want to purchase multiple copies of. One to sit on my shelf and flip through when I’m down for a quick pick-me-up with it’s hilarious quotes. One for my e-reader so I can cart it around, and then numerous others to pass to EVERYONE I see.
Simply put, I love this book. If you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favor and order a copy now.
I received my copy of Graffiti Moon from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.