I've been waiting to finally post this review for so long! This was my initial reaction upon finishing it: " omgomgomg! LOVE LOVE LOVE! *happy, happyI've been waiting to finally post this review for so long! This was my initial reaction upon finishing it: " omgomgomg! LOVE LOVE LOVE! *happy, happy me*" That was my very insightful review on Goodreads until now.
This book captured my heart and made me fall in love with YA for the millionth time, again. Astounding in its characterization, brilliantly developed in its plot, and gorgeously poetic in its writing, Graffiti Moon is the first 2012 book to make it to my all-time favorites (And only two 2011 book managed that). I've been telling everyone I can to read it, because it portrays exactly what I love the most about well done contemporary, with a great I-hate-you-but-I'm-attracted-to-you romance, and breathtaking writing, that apparently one gets from being born in Australia because I can only compare it to Melina Marchetta.
The story is told from alternating point of views from Lucy and Ed. It allows us to know more than they do about what's really going on and it makes the story even more gripping. You're desperately waiting for *the moment* when they'll both know everything we know. It was just perfect.
The other aspect that I particularly enjoyed in way that no book has ever allowed me to enjoy, was the setting. It made this book more than special for me. I know it's set in Australia and I've never been, but it must look exactly like my city (Caracas, Venezuela) because I felt at home. You can tell it's nothing like America. It was quite unbelievable for me to finally find a book that resembled my teen experience a little. Therefore, the setting was extremely rich and vivid and also very 'artsy' another aspect I adored.
If you love contemporary, if you enjoyed Stephanie Perkins, if you want to peek at how YA should always be written, or all the above... YOU NEED TO READ THIS. <3...more
This is one of the most uniquely woven and bizarre novels I have ever read. Wonderful in its unusualness, stunning and breathtaking prose come togetheThis is one of the most uniquely woven and bizarre novels I have ever read. Wonderful in its unusualness, stunning and breathtaking prose come together with one of the most imaginative stories I've encountered. I never felt a sense of where the story was going, I kept being undecided on whether I was enjoying it, specifically during the first half (Miskaella), but it ended up entrapping me in the magic and its fairytale-like atmosphere. I absolutely LOVED it. It was my first Lanagan book and now I understand.
The story is told in only 7 chapters, each one narrated by a new character (with one exception), and takes place along three generations. This was an interesting choice, and made me feel like it was less of a Young Adult book leaning more towards adult. It definitely doesn't fit the YA bill we're used to. The story is dense and darkish, and it gave me a sinking feeling at several points. But this has to be by far one of the most vivid books I've ever experienced. I can picture all the crazy stuff and the seal-wives and the gloomy island and basically every aspect of it. The creativity and execution blew me away.
Yet another YA writer who revels in language. There are writers who are good at writing and then there's certain others that are good at the art of language. Fantasy has never felt more alive than in this book, so I recommend this to any fantasy lover that is willing to experience one of the thickest, lushest and richest stories in YA lit....more