Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Hodder Children's Books
July 5th 2012 (first published August 1st 2010)
School 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 colour, birds and blue sky on the night.
At first, I wasn’t too sure what to think. But thankfully the writing and the story started to interest me. Before I knew it, I inhaled Graffiti Moon. It felt super laced together, very lyrical and had varying points-of-view.
As always, I enjoyed the different perspectives of the characters. Not only were these from the two main protagonists but from Poet – in the form of poems he has written. What a different way to showcase a character. I felt a sense of wonder for what he was going to write next.
What I also enjoyed was when the perspective would change; it would overlap. So you really got to see and feel what each of the characters thought and did throughout Graffiti Moon.
The characters were also bloody brilliant
Lucy, who loves art and enjoys learning about glass-blowing, is a girl who is chasing someone who she knows could appreciate her. At first, I thought this whole idea was a little bit silly, but of course, it works out that her world is incredibly small. She is super determined to find Shadow and is willing to do what it takes to accomplish it.
The thing I liked about Lucy was that she also is not afraid of speaking her mind. Even if that meant someone ended up with a broken nose.
Enter Ed. A boy who left school to work to help pay rent for his mother and himself. I think out of the two main protagonists of Graffiti Moon, he was my favorite. Not only because I felt so much for him with his situation, but because of how he saw the world. Ed saw the world in different shades of color and because of this, he felt the need to showcase his vision on walls around the city. His art and his mind were super thrilling to read about.
I also loved his friendship with Leo, his friend who helps him with writing due to him struggling.
Ed and Lucy’s friendship/relationship also had me giggling and longing for something to happen from the beginning. A truly unique and wonderful YA romance.
Overall, I thought it was a great book about realizing truths. To come to terms with chasing shadows and to know that people will be there for you even when the world is fighting against you. I agree 100% that it is a good YA book that every Young Adult enthusiast should read!