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.
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