Published February 14th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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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.
Graffiti Moon is the type of book that's . . . different. It sounds like it's going to be all about romance, but by the end you realize it's about so much more than that.
I am not an artist. Not at all. So sometimes, this book was hard for me to get into at first. Ed thinks like what I think an artist thinks like. He sees art and paintings in everything - even Lucy's next. And while I didn't like that at first, I learned to love it. It's one of the many things that makes this book different.
The thing is that while this writing style is unique and something I'm not used to, it was almost the same between Ed and Lucy's point of views. The think different things, of course, but the way their thoughts are expressed in the writing is the same, which bothered me a little bit. And there seemed to be random moments where all the characters seemed extremely immature. I also found them very hard to connect with.
However, I still loved the characters, most of the time. The things Ed and Lucy think and the way they think them is beautiful and inspiring. Graffiti Moon is a book that's real. Even if it's the kind of thing I don't think will ever happen in real life, it's something I could just see in my head so easily. The characters aren't annoying and cliche or sterotyped. They're so interesting to read about.
Overall: While the ending is a little predictable, Graffiti Moon is definitely something I'd recommend. The prose is gorgeous without being too overwhelming, and excluding a few moments, the characters are great. Ed and Lucy can be very funny at times, and even the side characters provide plenty of amusement. 4 stars.