Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Goodreads description:

“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.

Read as part of the Aussie YA Challenge. I received this book through the Go Aussie Book Tours over on The Unread Reader.  Thank you, Missie!

Aussie YA Challenge 2011

So remember when I said I was going to do fewer challenges this year?  Clearly that is not true anymore! :)  I love challenges and can’t help but join, especially when it already fits well with my other reading plans for the year.

The 2011 Aussie Challenge is hosted by Irresistible Reads.   As an international participant, I am committing to reading 6 YA books by Australian authors, but will probably end up reading more.

Books Read:

  1. Will by Maria Boyd
  2. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
  3. The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty
  4. Pink by Lili Wilkinson
  5. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
  6. Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams
  7. Saltwater Moons by Julie Gittus
  8. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
  9. Good Oil by Laura Buzo
  10. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
  11. Fury by Shirley Marr

These are books I already own and will aim to read this year.  I am not committing to all of them, but as many as possible!

  1. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
  2. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
  3. Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak
  4. A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
  5. John Belushi is Dead by Kathy Charles
  6. Liar by Justine Larbalestier
  7. The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay by Rebecca Sparrow
  8. Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar
  9. Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood

When I joined this challenge, I went through other participants’ lists to find other ideas I might want to read and I do have to say that is really frustrating that lots of Aussie books are hard to acquire in the US.  Amazon doesn’t have them at all.  Book Depository has a lot of the books listed, but they are out of stock.   I guess that’s a sign I don’t need to purchase more books!