Publication Date: February 14, 2012Review: Graffiti Moon is unexpectedly beautiful.
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 260
Synopsis: 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've been keen to read this book for quite some time now, and I've finally gotten to it! Graffiti Moon is told in three points of view: Lucy, Shadow, and Poet. Poet's chapters are usually just a page long and are, as you can probably guess, poems. Lucy and Shadow, however, equally share the rest of the narrative.
Lucy wants to find her favorite graffiti artist, Shadow. Ed, a boy she once went on an awful date with, tells her he knows where to find him. Thus beings their adventure through the night to discover Shadow and even themselves.
The characters all slowly developed as the story went on. Though this book is short, you get to see lots of depth in the two main characters. They're completely vulnerable and open, revealing their thoughts and their reasons for doing the crazy things that they do.
The writing is beautiful and poetic. It has this melancholy resonance in it and the whole book has this specific tone that's a mixture of hope and sadness. This book made me feel so many emotions. It made my heart hurt, it made my body tingle, it made me smile, and it quite often made me laugh.
Graffiti Moon is a lovely and unexpectedly gorgeous read. It's very quick, and I definitely wouldn't mind giving this one another read.