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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  11,114 ratings  ·  1,437 reviews
Lucy is in love with Shadow, a mysterious graffiti artist.

Ed thought he was in love with Lucy, until she broke his nose.

Dylan loves Daisy, but throwing eggs at her probably wasn't the best way to show it.

Jazz and Leo are slowly encircling each other.

An intense and exhilarating 24 hours in the lives of four teenagers on the verge: of adulthood, of HSC, of finding out just w...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Pan Macmillan Australia
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Ariana
"I was nothing inside but light and color"


Can you be in love with a book? I know that I can fall in love with a character, I had a few crushes here and there, but if I were to want to get married with a book, I would propose to this one in a heartbeat.

Dear Graffiti Moon, will you please marry me?.. For richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall live, until my kindle do us part..

*waiting for the answer*

You want to know more about our story?
It was love at first sig...more
Janina
(I read the "original" Aussie edition, but now own this US hardcover edition.)

Oh book, I love you so ...

It is really hard for me to put into words how I feel about this story. I am sure I won't be able to do it justice.

It is amazing how many things can happen in just one night. And it is even more amazing how Cath Crowley manages to capture them all – in a way that is both funny and heartbreakingly sad, full of fear of an unknown future, bright with colours and brimming with feelings. Crowley br...more
Vinaya
Dec 04, 2013 Vinaya rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Vinaya by: Flannery
Banksy

I love graffiti. I've been a huge fan of Banksy from the day I first saw a mural on Brick Lane, and I find every one of his pieces stimulating, entertaining and empathetic. (Although the one above is my FAVOURITE!!) There's not too many artists who can manage that. And the point of street art, the reason for its existence, is to connect. Screw the million-dollar canvases in the galleries, street art is a montage of images designed to appeal to every man. So pretty.

So anyway, Graffiti Moon. It's...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars.

< i>Every time he looked at me I felt like I’d touched my tongue to the tip of a battery. In art class I’d watch him lean back and listen and I was nothing but zing and tingle. After a while the tingle turned to electricity, and when he asked me out my whole body amped to a level where technically I should have been dead. I had nothing in common with a sheddy like him, but a girl doesn’t think straight when she’s that close to electrocution.

Wow. My GoodReads friends are all peop...more
Sam
4.5 stars

Mum says when wanting collides with getting, that’s the moment of truth.
I want to collide.


A part of me knew I would love this book. The other part approached Graffiti Moon with a certain amount of trepidation. After all the gushing reviews and countless recommendations, I felt my expectations were perhaps too high – high enough to result in disappointment.

I’m pleased to say it didn’t come to that. I wasn’t left disappointed at all.

There is just something so mesmerizing about Cath C...more
Lisa O.
4.5 stars.

Last week, as I was strolling with my two little ones around town for our morning promenade, I happened to pass in front of our neighborhood's church. In its front yard there was quite a congregation of young kids, their instruments and a lot of out of tune music, as they were preparing to rehearse for some parochial event. Of course my daughter, who's 4 and knows the whole Aladdin soundtrack by heart, begged me to stop and listen to whatever they were going to play.
When I said "youn...more
Jo
“It’s the time wasting that gets you somewhere.”

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
I have five fingers pressed on my desk in reaction to this book right now. I can’t get much more love for this book.

High Points.
Shadow. Lucy. Best friends. Poetry. Melbourne. A night that lasts forever. Mistaken identities. Missed connections. Graffiti. Eggs. Secrets. Arse-grabbers. Lyrical. Adventure. Insecurities. Mesmerizing. Art. Train carriages. Undercover good guys. Letting go of the breaks. Visibility. Twirls in...more
Catie
I can’t imagine a better young adult romance to read on Valentine’s Day. In fact, my advice to all of my fellow book nerds out there is to just toss out those chalky conversation hearts, forget about the rest of humanity, and hole up with this book today. If you have a significant other, tell him or her to skip the flowers and buy you this instead. If you’re alone then all the better – more time to read. Who needs a date on Valentine’s Day anyway? Or rather, who needs a date with a person? Books...more
Nomes

Graffiti Moon takes place over one night (although there are some flashbacks) and is told from two POV's: Lucy and Ed.

This book is genius.

It's exactly why I love reading YA.

Somehow this book perfectly captures how I felt as a teen - that big dreaming scheming place in my head, a place where night time is magical and when boys can make you tingle just by looking at them across the room.

It's funny and heart felt and the whole scenario is one of the best set-ups I've read. And I wish I could tell y...more
Catie
This is the kind of book that I wish today’s teens would read. I don’t know how many times I’ve passive aggressively ranted in goodreads groups about the ridiculously unrealistic romances in the majority of young adult novels. I’m sure most of you know what I am referring to – instant, uncontrollable passion between two people who couldn’t be more one dimensional, combined with some manufactured reason that they can’t be together, and pages and pages of endless whinging about it. So this book, w...more
Kristalia
Final rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★

“I guess love's kind of like a marshmallow in a microwave on high. After it explodes it's still a marshmallow. but, you know, now it's a complicated marshmallow.”



This was such such such sweet romance!! I loved everything about it,especially the writing. Writing is done in two styles, the normal style and poetry style. Every poetry part is from Leo's point of view and i loved it very very much. The couples were sweet and loveable, the pacing was fast, there were man...more
Arlene
Sep 14, 2011 Arlene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Australian Brilliance
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Bookers
Love.love.loved it!!

What a great story! I enjoyed it from cover to cover with not a moment of downtime.

This is exactly what I needed to get me out of my book slump… an Aussie wonder that’s filled with moments of laughter and nothing but love for the characters of Graffiti Moon. I was an instant fan of Cath Crowley when I came across her beautiful story A Little Wanting Song, but now with Graffiti Moon I know for a definite fact that I can’t pass up anything by this great Australian writer.

Lucy...more
Isamlq
May 16, 2013 Isamlq rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
I swear I'm trying not to gush but you don't know how happy I am to have read this. It's a little after dawn... (and having started this at one in the morning,) that's maybe four or five hours of me sitting here unable to pull my eyes from this one. I'd been waiting for this for so long and now that I've read sped through it, I'm pumped and happy. Graffiti Moon is why I read YA. Once in a while I come across a story that stands out against others. Crappy past reads aren't so lackluster, don't se...more
Nic
"For a while, for as long as you're looking at it, that painting is the world and you get to be in it."

I decided to give Graffiti Moon a try after reading my Goodreads friend Nomes' review. And I am so glad I did because it was brilliant!

The story is written in both Lucy’s and Ed’s point of view. You have got to love dual narration where you get into both character's minds. There is also some poetry from Poet (Shadow‘s friend) thrown in as well just to mix it up a bit more. And despite all thes...more
~Tina~
Aussie Book challenge 2011 #9

Okay! I definitely hate myself since I really had no intention of reading this book (insert gasp here). I don't favor contemporary much, but being that a lot of my friends have read and raved about this and it being an Aussie book (nuff said) I decided to just give it a shot, and boy was I thrilled and surprised how much I truly loved this.

I absolutely fell in love with every single one of these characters!
Ed and Lucy, Leo and Jazz and even Dylan and Daisy. Each are...more
Noelle
I just loved this book. Loooooved it. I've already re-read it several times and as I mentioned in another review, it's pretty much spray painted on my heart. (See what I did there???? BUT IT'S TRUE!) Obviously, this deserved a more in-depth review.

I loved the protagonists. Lucy is naive but no pushover. I cracked up when it was revealed that her list of people she’d like to “do it” with was entirely comprised of fictional characters. Remember that age of having a crush on someone that you hardly...more
Giselle
I know nothing about graffiti, I know even less about art - why the heck did I read this book? Well, for the same reason you should! It's an incredibly sweet, delightfully romantic story that can not be on your unread shelf. Why?
-True to life, complex romance
-Artistic imagery that will enthrall any reader- art fanatic or not
-Characters that make you fall in love
-A story that is simply too gorgeous to be left unexplored

If this isn't enough to convince you, maybe you should go back to playing with...more
Lamia
This review can also be found at The Book Eater

ATTN READING MANIACS AND BOOK LOVERS: To all of you who have regular reading slumps, READ THIS. I can guarantee this book will get you out of it.

So, I finished this book 4 days ago and I'm still trying to gather my thoughts into coherent sentences.
The writing was so beautiful that I kept stopping to stare at the words. I wanted to crawl across the page and come up to the words and snuggle them. And also hug the characters.
This is the kind of book t...more
Jasprit
Once in a while you come across a book which literally rocks your world. Graffiti Moon is one of those books.

Lucy has been tracking the graffiti artist Shadow for the last two years, she’s been in awe of him and his work, but has never been able to meet him face to face. Ed is struggling through life, with no job; he can’t afford to pay towards his rent. Until his friend Leo comes up with a plan to rob the school art wing one night. With Ed and Lucy on their separate paths, one night brings the...more
Rane


I was very lucky to have been able to grab the early copy of this beautiful book. The authors paints a story that may expand only one night, but with splash of words, she writes what could happen in a short amount of time but can change your life forever after.

Lucy is looking for a Graffiti artist by the name of Shadow. A man she feels could really know her, understand her in a why no one else could. Now if only she could find him! The last day of the school year is upon them, and she and her...more
Alexa

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.


"...we watch the dirty silk of the factory smoke float across the sky."
I loved that there was a lot of graffiti and mentions of glassblowing in Graffiti Moon. Photographs of urban decay featuring old, abandoned buildings and factories are my favorite form of art to look at, but graffiti is a close second. Whenever I see graffiti sprayed on the wall of a building or painted on the side of a boxcar moving along the railroad tracks, I always wonde...more
Cara
Ah I loved it. What a beautiful atmosphere and eclectic characters that I couldn't help but like. I know this may seem odd but I thought I wasn't going to love it as much as other people did. I was completely wrong.

Ed is Shadow, the local graffiti artist. His best friend Leo is Poet and does the writing. Lucy is a glassblower. Her best friend Jazz is psychic. Then there is the odd, complicated, adorable couple of Daisy and Dylan. One night these people meet up to celebrate the end of year twelve...more
Reynje
I’m going to preface this review with a warning that I find it hard to talk about this book without gushing - an urge that has not diminished with each subsequent reading. I'm not sure how to sufficiently express how much I adore this book, so I may just start flinging adjectives wildly as I go on. Sorry.

Taking place over one unseasonably hot night in Melbourne, Graffiti Moon is a story about art, poetry and love. About secret identities, past mistakes and punches in the face. About pink vans a...more
♥Rachel♥
I loved this story! I didn't want it to end.

The story of Graffiti Moon takes place over twenty-four hours. Lucy is a seventeen-year old student who's just finished year twelve and is out for the night with her friends to celebrate. Her whole focus for the evening is to find Shadow, a graffiti artist that does these amazing heartfelt paintings all over the city. She feels a powerful connection to these paintings, and the emotion behind them. Lucy has a passion for art and thinks whoever Shadow i...more
Maggie
Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings and also experience them.
—The other Leo, Leo Tolstoy

You know, if my high school teacher had just handed me Graffiti Moon to explain aesthetics, Tolstoy and Kant would've made so much more sense. And been so much more enjoyable.

What can I say about Cath Crowley and this book that Tolstoy has...more
Laura
Art, paint, glass, energy, romance, color, and so, so many secrets are all splashed, swirled and exhibited on the pages of Graffiti Moon. For one night, we learn to look and really see the night through artisits’ eyes. A colorful night filled with celebrating and shadow hunting.

O’ the colors! The colors jumped out at me from the pages of this book right away. Gray buildings, yellow birds, “the exact kind of blue”, black night, pink vans, clear glass, white oceans, and the reds, greens, and orang...more
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
There’s a guy down at the servo
With lions in his hair
Matted tails of roaring kings
A dirty song caught on his skin
He can’t remember when he lost them
But he lost the daytime things
Daytime shirts and daytime ties
And shiny daytime shoes
Daytime cloudy thoughts that drift
In cloudy daytime blues
Daytime smiles from people travelling
While they ride the sunshine home
Daytime TV on the weekend
Daytime talking on the phone
Now he’s crying at the servo
Midnight stumbling in his mouth
Hope slowly sliding south
A di
...more
Wendy F
Graffiti Moon is literary art.

The words wove images in my head. Odd, because don't all books paint pictures in your head? Yes, but this was different. Normally I read a book and the words come to life inside me, almost like a movie. My imagination makes up the characters and the words become the scenes. However, in Graffiti Moon the pattern of the words came together in a wonderfully unique way. They became art inside my head. It still had characters, but everything was very swirly and beautiful...more
Keertana
The only mistake I made in picking up Graffiti Moon was to start it nearly at midnight. I was planning to quickly read a few chapters and go to sleep, but I found myself unable to tear my eyes away from the pages and by the time I was done, it was well past two in the morning. Needless to say, I found myself dreaming about warm cozy beds for much of my day, but Graffiti Moon was totally worth the late night (or should I say early morning?) read.

Graffiti Moon is told in alternating perspectives,...more
Belle
1. It takes place all in one night, which adds at least 70% more awesomeness.
2. It's told from two (and a half) perspectives: Lucy, who is on the hunt for graffiti artist Shadow and Ed, who secretly is Shadow. Seeing both points of view as they get to know one another, keep secrets and miscommunicate is a lot of fun. The half perspective is the occasional poetic insight from the mind of Leo, a.k.a. Shadow's partner in crime, Poet.
3. The writing is gorgeous. It reminds me of Melina Marchetta in i...more
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