Review: Graffiti Moon

2.19.2012
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Published February 14th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

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.

~Zoey~
7 comments on "Review: Graffiti Moon"
  1. If the prose is gorgeous, then I'm reading it. >_> (Plus. I also REALLY WANT that cover. *-*)

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  2. I so want to read this book! Ever since I first saw the cover (yeah, I'm like that) and read the blurb. I've seen only positive reviews so it must be good. :D

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  3. Hm. I don't know if this book is for me. I'm a huge character person and so if I can't connect with the characters, I can't enjoy the book. I think I'll pass on this one. Nevertheless, I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for the honest review, Zoey!

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  4. You made me really excited to read this book. If the prose is gorgeous, then the read will be worth it!

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  6. I have read so many good reviews for this book and I have wanted to read it for a while. At first when I started reading your review I thought you would've given it less than 4 stars. You had good points and I know what you mean about not being able to connect to the characters. I can LOVE a book if I connect with them and it keeps me interested. I can get done with it in a couple days. But if the opposite is true it might take me a week or longer. Thanks for the review! I thought it was good :)

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  7. I'm so glad you enjoyed Graffiti Moon! It's become my all time favorite. I loved it soo much. I didn't appreciate the art until later on as well. I'm not an artist nor do I know anything about art, but it was beautifully described in the book. I love the characters too. I did see some of their actions as immature, but they were young right? lol I love Cath's writing style. It is different and I think that's why I loved it so much!

    Thanks so much for your review. It just made me want to reread the book all over again :)

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2.19.2012

Review: Graffiti Moon

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Published February 14th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

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.

~Zoey~

7 comments:

  1. If the prose is gorgeous, then I'm reading it. >_> (Plus. I also REALLY WANT that cover. *-*)

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  2. I so want to read this book! Ever since I first saw the cover (yeah, I'm like that) and read the blurb. I've seen only positive reviews so it must be good. :D

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  3. Hm. I don't know if this book is for me. I'm a huge character person and so if I can't connect with the characters, I can't enjoy the book. I think I'll pass on this one. Nevertheless, I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for the honest review, Zoey!

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  4. You made me really excited to read this book. If the prose is gorgeous, then the read will be worth it!

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  6. I have read so many good reviews for this book and I have wanted to read it for a while. At first when I started reading your review I thought you would've given it less than 4 stars. You had good points and I know what you mean about not being able to connect to the characters. I can LOVE a book if I connect with them and it keeps me interested. I can get done with it in a couple days. But if the opposite is true it might take me a week or longer. Thanks for the review! I thought it was good :)

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  7. I'm so glad you enjoyed Graffiti Moon! It's become my all time favorite. I loved it soo much. I didn't appreciate the art until later on as well. I'm not an artist nor do I know anything about art, but it was beautifully described in the book. I love the characters too. I did see some of their actions as immature, but they were young right? lol I love Cath's writing style. It is different and I think that's why I loved it so much!

    Thanks so much for your review. It just made me want to reread the book all over again :)

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