Book Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Rating: StarStarStarStar

“Let me make it in time. Let me meet Shadow. The guy who paints in the dark. Paints birds trapped on brick walls and people lost in ghost forests. Paints guys with grass growing from their hearts and girls with buzzing lawn mowers.”

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.

Literary Awards: New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards for Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature (2011), Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards Nominee for Older Readers Book of the Year (2011), Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Young Adult Fiction (2011), Victorian Premier’s Literary Award Nominee for Prize for Writing for Young Adults (2011), The Inky Awards Nominee for Gold Inky longlist (2011)



Graffiti Moon stole my heart! Cath Crowley writes beautifully that I can’t help but smile, sigh, fall in love. 🙂

Lucy is in search of a graffiti artist named Shadow. There’s something about his works that spoke to her, get to her. Lucy thought that Shadow understands art and in turn, understands her. Little did she know that a disastrous date from year ten plays a part on Shadow’s current state. I really like Lucy! She’s feisty, smart, and weird in a good way. She values honesty and frankness very much. Her fascination with glass blowing and with Shadow’s art is infectious. Ed is just trying to get by his so-called-life one day at a time. Without a girlfriend, a job, a father figure – Ed thought he’ll never get out alive from their town. He lost hope that there is something good for him in the future. I love Ed! He’s conflicted, sad, frustrated and morose. The only outlet he has from having a hard life is through his paintings. His character is so believable that my heart went for him. His relationship with Bert is the one that touches me the most. On the other hand, Leo and Jazz are both insane and I love ‘em!

Crowley’s writing style is… lyrical; I suppose that’s the word. It enchanted me to reading between the lines, imagining the vivid pictures of Lucy’s glass-blowing and Ed’s wall-painting, and nodding to myself, “Yes, I can see what you see, feel what you feel.” I am there with them and that makes Crowley very effective in her writing.

There’s nothing you can do for me now, Bert. You’re dead, and I’m buried.


‘I can show you how to get the ship in the bottle,’ she says. ‘If you want.’

‘I don’t know. Seems like a lot of trouble for a boat that’s going nowhere.’

I love these scenes: (1) Lucy and Ed talking with their hands in front of their eyes, (2) Lucy and Ed talking about Lucy’s Fleet of Memories, and (3) Lucy and Ed finally and really meeting for the first time after a night of chasing Shadow.

Graffiti Moon made me laugh often. It may seemed foolish for Lucy to chase Shadow who she doesn’t even know, but on that one night, everything made sense. Her parents not living in the same house. Her jerk of a date in year ten. Even Ed’s bleak future doesn’t look so bleak anymore. Lucy & Ed’s story unfolded very nicely and wrapped up in such a feel good way. So you better pick it up. It is one of the best contemporary YA novels I’ve read this year.

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Imprint: Alfred A. Knopf BFYR

Pub Date: 02/14/2012

Thank you NetGalley and Mary Beth Kilkelly for granting my galley request.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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