Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published Feb. 14th, 2012 by Knopf Book for Young Readers
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.
I have wanted to read this book since before it came out but I just never got my hands on it. When I saw it at the library I was all over it. I rarely get books from the library but recently I feel like I've rediscovered it. Who cares if I have 1,000 books to read at home? There's just such a wonderful feeling getting a book from a library. I'm not sure why that is, maybe because as a kid 90% of my books came from there. Anyway...
This is sort of the Australian version of Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist only with art instead of music. And really, I think it lived up to Nick and Nora. It definitely has it's differences though, so maybe comparing the two isn't really fair.
I really loved the characters. Lucy is someone who says what she thinks and she doesn't let anyone get away with crap. She's bold and she's kick ass (seriously, this girl can defend herself!). Ed is a complicated kind of guy, but yet... not. He's very normal in so many ways, but he's also a brilliant artist. He thinks deep, but yet what Lucy initially sees is just his exterior, this layer over him that he's sort of put up to protect himself. And she's not impressed. At least not at first...
As Ed and Lucy spend the evening looking for Shadow all over the city and get to know one another Lucy starts to realize that maybe Ed is more than she thought. And Ed, well, he seems to already know that he wants Lucy, he just doesn't want to want to want her (jeez, that sounds confusing). But as she knocks down some of his walls and he reveals more of himself they discover more than they ever dreamed of in the other.
While the book takes place over one night we do see a lot of the past through Ed and Lucy's memories. Memories of their date long ago when Lucy punched him in the nose, memories of family, memories of important moments. Just lots of memories. And this made it so we knew them better. But initially this did cause some confusion for me. I had a lot of interruptions while reading the first half and those memories snapped me out of the story every time. And then I would have reread that bit to realize that it was a memory. So while I liked it, I wish maybe it had been more clearly marked. But once again, a lot of it was because I had so many interruptions.
I really felt like maybe if the identity of Shadow hadn't been revealed right away that maybe this book would have been stepped up a notch. But then it would have been a completely different story because that was so much of what Ed is, that's the deeper, more intense side of him. Now him being Shadow isn't a secret at all because right away we're getting his POV as well at Lucy's and so it's never a secret to us. But I think it would have been nice to be surprised, or to have to figure it out on our own.
Really though this was a fantastic story with fabulous characters. It was a very fun adventure and had some romantic moments. I would say this didn't quite get to the WOW for me as far as the romance goes, but I still really liked it.