“Let me make it in time. Let me meet Shadow. The guy who paints in the dark. Paints birds trapped on brick walls and people lost in ghost forests. Paints guys with grass growing from their hearts and girls with buzzing lawn mowers.”
It’s the end of Year 12. Lucy’s looking for Shadow, the graffiti artist everyone talks about.
His work is all over the city, but he is nowhere.
Ed, the last guy she wants to see at the moment, says he knows where to find him. He takes Lucy on an all-night search to places where Shadow’s thoughts about heartbreak and escape echo around the city walls.
But the one thing Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.
Oh my gosh I loved this book! When I finished it, I didn’t want to send it back to Missie. I will eventually acquire my own copy for my keeper shelf.
I really liked all the characters in the book. The main characters were fantastic, but the secondary characters rocked just as much. Lucy was funny, smart, and tough. I loved that she punched a boy on her first date. That was a great place to start from for her character. I liked Ed a lot too. I always go for the bad boy that ends up having a heart of gold. ;) I liked the alternating POVs and how funny both of them were. The friends were great too. I liked Jazz and Leo so much. The Daisy/Dylan relationship kept me laughing, but seemed sincere all the same.
The descriptions of the art were amazing. I could totally see the graffiti and the glass in my head. I loved the meanings that the graffiti had to Lucy, Ed, and Leo and the poetry was fantastic. Very well written and engaging.
I read the Australian version of this book, but it comes out in the US next February. I’ll definitely have to read it again then, so I can see what changed and relive the brilliance.