I was surprised by how much I liked this book! I’m not much of a contemporary novel reader, but it was so nice to take a break from the paranormal, deal with real people, and not have to worry about a sequel! Don’t get me wrong…books in a series are great, it’s just nice to have closure every once and a while!
Title: Graffiti Moon
Author: Cath Crowley
Summary (by Goodreads):
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.
First 5 Sentences:
I pedal fast. Down Rose Drive, where houses swim in pools of orange streetlight. Where people sit on verandas, hoping to catch a breeze. Let me make it in time. Please let me make it in time.
I enjoyed the story! The book goes back and forth between our girl Lucy, a guy named Ed, and his friend Leo/”Poet”. It’s not a fast paced novel, but it shares a story of a one night adventure that Lucy and Ed go on together.
Lucy has been obsessed over a guy named Shadow. He does graffiti work all around town and although she has never met him, she “knows” he’s THE one. So when a guy slips to Lucy that he knows Shadow and where he might be, Lucy and her friends go on an all-nighter to find Shadow and to finally meet him. The only problem is that Ed is part of the “party” to find Shadow and Lucy has been determined to steer clear of him.
Here’s the deal…Lucy and Ed went out on a date a couple years back and she ended up breaking his nose. Her side of the story goes that he grabbed her “arse” and since it was a first date…she broke it. But she vomited once she got home because she couldn’t handle the blood and was sorely disappointed that the evening didn’t go as planned.
Ed’s side of the story is that it was purely an accident and he was sorry it happened…even before his nose started bleeding everywhere. But neither of them share their full sides of the story to each other and since that night, they’ve been trying to stay as far away from each other as possible even though they still harbor feelings.
As the night progresses and people drop out of the search party to enjoy a real party, it leaves Ed and Lucy to find Shadow together. While searching, Lucy and Ed start opening up to each other to talk about anything and everything. During the middle of it all, Lucy professes her feelings for Shadow to Ed. What she doesn’t know is that she has unknowingly told Shadow, himself. This isn’t a spoiler, it’s covered in like the second chapter of the book…the summary just makes it sound like it’s a big unknown.
The writing was great. The excerpts between Lucy and Ed is “Poet” and his chapters are always so cool to read. Just fun little blips in the book that makes you want to re-read it to see what details you may have missed the first time. It was like a little distraction, but relevant at the same time. It’s hard to explain.
Will Ed tell Lucy the truth about him being the famous “Shadow”? What happens when the sun comes up and the night is over? I enjoyed the book and recommend it!