By: Celine | April 14, 2015 | (34) Comments

Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath CrowleyGraffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Release Date: August 1st, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Source: Bought it
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Lucy is in love with Shadow, a mysterious graffiti artist.

Ed thought he was in love with Lucy, until she broke his nose.

Dylan loves Daisy, but throwing eggs at her probably wasn't the best way to show it.

Jazz and Leo are slowly encircling each other.

An intense and exhilarating 24 hours in the lives of four teenagers on the verge: of adulthood, of HSC, of finding out just who they are, and who they want to be.

Why Graffiti Moon isn’t more well-known I do not know, because it’s honestly fantastic. I picked this up on a lazy afternoon spent reading in the sun, thinking I might like it. I read it in one evening, completely absorbed by the story and characters.

In a way, Graffiti Moon reminded me a bit of Melina Marchetta (she said, having read a grand total of two of Marchetta’s books). Not in terms of plot or even that heartbreak quality Marchetta seems to have, but because of the characters and overall feel of the book. Like in Marchetta’s books, Graffiti Moon just gets the characters. They’re three-dimensional as can be, and their interrelationships are a thing of beauty. The dynamic of the different characters is simply beautiful, and I loved how simple yet complicated everything was. What I’m saying is, it felt just very true to life.

I’d heard good things about Crowley’s writing, but when I first started Graffiti Moon I have to say I wasn’t entirely convinced. I expected lush, beautiful passages, and what I got wasn’t that. But Crowley’s writing does something different, and I honestly believe you have to binge Graffiti Moon to fully experience it. The thing is, as you read further and further along, the writing just grips you. Your head gets hazy and the book pulls you in more and more until you’re just completely lost. You just get in a sort of dreamlike state and that’s when the beauty of Crowley’s writing starts dawning on you. Something about it just feelt right.

The characters were also entirely convincing. I loved each and every one of them, from psychic Jazz to the artistic Ed. Fun fact: Jazz is actually a nickname of mine (don’t ask) and this was the first time I’ve encountered my name (sort of) in fiction! Luckily I loved Jazz, because I’d honetsly have been pissed if she turned out to be awful 😛 But I digress. The characters were amazing: they were all different people, and none of it felt forced. This is simply who they are, and I really can’t argue with that. They were real, they’re still real and I really want to hang out with them.

In all, I thought Graffiti Moon was, understatement understatement, rather good. The writing just completely gripped me, and that, in combination with the amazing characters and different relationships, made this a winner for me. Now if you’ll excuse me, I really want to do some art. And I really think that’ll be everyone’s thought upon finishing this. It’s a love letter to graffiti, to relationships, to people.

4.5 Stars
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Celine is 17 years old and from the Netherlands. Quite obviously, she loves books! She has been a reader for as long as she can remember, and she believes she will be a reader forever. Celine is also obsessed with food, and loves singing along to music as loud as possible, dancing and doodling on nearly everything.

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34 Responses to Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

  1. Ooh, thanks for bringing this to my attention! 😀 I’ll add it to my list!
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  2. Looooooove this book so much!
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  3. I’ve heard so many things about this book! I haven’t read it, though. Not sure the premise really appeals to me, but you never know, I might read it one day. And I like the sound of those convincing characters! 🙂 Great review.
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    • Celine says:

      I’m curiosu what you’d think of this! I have to say I don’t think the synopsis manages to convey what this is about very well, but to each their own of course 🙂 The characters were definitely what made this book shine for me.
      Thanks! <33

  4. I have to agree, her writing isn’t too rich or lush, but it’s different, amazing and profound in a weirdly straightforward way. I loved both her books I’ve read so far and I can’t wait for more.
    Lovely review.
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    • Celine says:

      Yes yes that exactly! I can’t pinpoint what it is about her writing but it’s amazing. I’ve already put her other books on my TBR 😀
      Thanks, Maja <33

  5. Your review describes the book so beautifully, Celine! The characters definitely sound like some I want to get to know, and this book sounds like it makes a really large impact on the reader. I’m really curious now about what the book is actually about! Lovely review hun.
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    • Celine says:

      Aw, thank you Jeann <33 The characters were amazing – they weren't obviously fleshed out but I feel like I *know* them, you know? I want them to be my friends. I really hope you end up reading this because it's fantastic 😀 (And an Aussie author and setting too!) if you do, DEFINITELY let me know!

  6. Ksenia says:

    What a beautiful review, Celine! I’ve read this book a long time ago and it didn’t impress me then, but your review made me want to reread it. My reading tastes changed so maybe I would like it now. I’ve heard that the audio version is really good.
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    • Celine says:

      Thank you so much Ksenia! It’s so lovely to hear that my review makes you want to reread this 🙂 I personally don’t have any experience with the audio, but I’ve heard people say it’s pretty good!

  7. Jules says:

    I’m glad to see that you loved this Celine! I actually haven’t read a lot of YA lately, and I have to admit that I miss it, especially these kinds of genres, I can’t wait to check it out!
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    • Celine says:

      Ooh, well, if you want to read some YA again I can definitely recommend you this 😀 If you end up reading this, do let me know what you thought!

  8. I am glad you finally got around to this book. Even though there isn’t much to the story, the writing is what makes the book. It is lovely. Glad you felt the same way.
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  9. Hannah says:

    This is one of my favourite books of all time – so glad it’s getting more love! Serious, snarky, contemplative, with prose that just sucks you in.
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  10. I LOVE THIS BOOK TOO!!! And I agree, it’s completely underrated! XD I love how it takes place over one night. that was one HUGE night right?! And the characters are epic, and I love how they develop and everything and gahhh. I could reread this book so easily right now. xD
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    • Celine says:

      YAY LET US PARTY!! (bring cake) And yess, I absolutely loved that, though I have to say it felt much longer than one night because holy character development, Batman. And if you want to, dooo eeeet. Rereading can be such a joy too 😀

  11. I read this way before I started blogging, but I do remember loving the dream-like quality of the writing as well. ^_^ And Ed was pretty awesome, wasn’t he? 😉 Lovely review, Celine!
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  12. Annette says:

    I read this a few years ago and really loved it too. It persuaded me that I needed to read more Australian authors! Great review sweetie!

    • Celine says:

      Ahh yes I’ve yet to read a bad Aussie book 😀 Have you read Stolen by Lucy Christopher? Totally different mood, but LOVED that one. Thank you <33

  13. Rebecca says:

    Love your review! I’ve been meaning to read this for so long, especially since it’s such an Aussie YA classic! Will keep in mind that when I do pick this up, bingeing might be the best option. You know, to best capture the whole reading experience 😉 Let’s hope this slow reader can read a bit faster than normal!
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    • Celine says:

      Eep! Definitely let me know when you’re reading this and if you managed to binge 😀 That really worked for me, but I can imagine it’s not great if you’re a slower reader. But the story stays the same, of course 😉 Hope you enjoy it!

  14. To be completely honest, this doesn’t sound like something I would normally read, but you’ve convinced me to give it a try Celine! The characters sound awesome and I love how relatable they were. Thanks for sharing this! ♥
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    • Celine says:

      *nervous excitement* Always love it when people say they’ll try a book because of me 😀 I really really hope you’ll love this 🙂 But let me know when youre reading this either way! Would love to discuss it with you <33

  15. I read this book years and years ago. Your review makes me want to re-read it. 🙂
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  16. Shannelle says:

    That last bit about it being a love letter to art and relationships just made me want to get my own copy of this. It sounds amazing, and I’ll be looking for it in a bookstore.
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    • Celine says:

      Ooh, I always love it when people say they’re willing to try a book because of me! It really is a lot about art and the relationships are a thing of beauty. Hope you’ll love it!! <33

  17. This has been on my TBR list forever. I have only heard good things about it, and your review just reminded me how much I want to read it. Great review. I should try and get my hands on it soon.
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    • Celine says:

      Ooh, then please try it soon 😀 I had this on my TBR for ages as well and I’m so glad I finally read it. Loved it so much! Thank youu <33

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