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. Somewhere in the glassy darkness, he’s out there, spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night. And Lucy knows that a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for–really fall for.
The last person Lucy wants to spend the night with is Ed, the guy she’s managed to avoid since punching him in the nose on the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells Lucy he knows where to find Shadow, the two of them are suddenly on an all-night search to places where Shadow’s pieces of heartbreak and escape echo off the city walls. And what Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.
Graffiti Moon….*Le Sigh*! This book was magically enchanting, and swept me so thoroughly up into its uniquely artistic world, that I NEVER wanted it to come to an end.
Lucy and her friends have graduated and plan on using the entire night to celebrate the occasion. Lucy intends to seek out and find the elusive and mysterious Shadow and Poet whose graffiti art and poetry decorates the city walls. The last person Lucy expected to spend her night with is Ed, but when he promises to show her where Shadow hangs out, Lucy is all in. Lucy believes that Shadow is all she ever needs or wants in a boyfriend, and is willing to suffer Ed to get to him.
This book was a wonderful tale, with alternating POV’s, that takes the reader on an exciting adventure through gritty streets, back alleys, and abandoned parks. The characters in this book were so perfectly written and developed I couldn’t stand it. I loved them all, even the characters who worked my nerves more than a little bit. Lucy and Ed were everything! Both characters were intelligent, artistic, and creative, with an appreciation for the abstract and beautiful things. They are both also very contemplative and introspective, and I found myself just as fascinated with their inner turmoil and dialogue as I was with their external. The discourse between the two was so sharp, and witty and engaging. I loved every discussion and even every misunderstanding between the two.
Their best friends were the perfect compliment to them and served to encourage and support them through their indecision and moments of insecurity. The myriad of other friends were a great comic relief and added a subtle excitement that the author laced expertly throughout the book.
The writing was absolutely beautiful. It was so poetic and the prose almost lyrical. It really filled me up and moved me, and I really enjoyed every moment caught up in this charming one night adventure.
I’ve always been a fan of one night adventure stories ( Adventures in Babysitting, License to Drive, and Hanging with the Homeboys anyone?), and Graffiti Moon with its simplistic beauty only served to reinforce my love of these types of stories. I recommend this book to EVERYONE! LOVED IT!
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