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Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
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Oct 26, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: own, 5-star-reads
Read in October, 2011

Review originally posted on the blog: http://www.greadsbooks.com/2011/11/gr...

This book right here is quite possibly the best young adult contemporary I've read this year, and that is saying A LOT. For one thing, I've read TONS of incredible YA contemps this year. You've seen me mention quite a few here on my blog. However, this one resonates in a special category all it's own. I opened this book and closed it in less than 24 hours. The writing style itself captured my attention on the first page. THE FIRST PAGE. How many books have you read that you can say that about? Aussie writers are definitely on my radar now. There's just something about their technique that draws me in to their stories. I remember similar feelings after I finished Melina Marchetta's The Piper's Son.

This story takes place in one night. That right there is a huge thumbs up for me. I am a huge fan of books that span a 24 hour period (in this case just one night!). Lucy has finished her twelfth year of school and is planning to celebrate with her girl friends Jazz and Daisy by spending the entire night out on the town. Jazz's spunky personality brought so much life to the page. I really enjoyed her moments. Lucy's personality is more in the background. She's got a lot going on in her head, but you have to really pay attention to see the sparks flying from her. Jazz suggests they find boys to make the evening fun and celebrate the end of school. Lucy, however, only has one boy on her mind: Shadow. He's the ominous graffiti artists who's murals she sees all over town. Though Lucy has never met him, she's already fallen in love with his artistic abilities. Just as Lucy is about to protest this idea of Jazz's in walks Ed, Leo, and Dylan. Immediately Jazz calls dibs on Leo and since Dylan is Daisy's boyfriend... well that leaves Ed for Lucy. The last boy she wants to spend her night with.

The group hatches a plan to help Lucy find Shadow and his partner in crime Poet. In turn every one seems to be getting what they want. Except for Ed. As the night unfolds, so do the secrets. The alternating chapters told between Lucy and Ed allow the reader to find out the truth before the characters do. This was VERY interesting for me to process. Every scene is painted in the most beautiful sequence. Cath Crowley's ability to write with such poetic ease kept me engaged. I loved how she was able to use words to describe each scene, yet she was capable of keeping the moment REAL. I never felt lost in a jumble of words, wondering what does that even mean? It all made perfect sense. Perfect, lustrous, UNBELIEVABLE sense.

This book made me FEEL. It made me laugh out loud. It made me want to cry. I may or may not have contemplated hugging my nook at one moment. It's rare you read something and wish you could turn back time to read it all over again like it was the first time. When a book has that impact on me, I know it's going to be greatness. The tension between Lucy and Ed's characters is phenomenal. Not sure if you should hate the other, or love them. Constantly a tug of war with my heart. I can not wait until I get my hands on a finished copy because there will be TONS of highlighting and pages being marked. I recommend this book to anyone who can appreciate a story about finding yourself, and never knowing if you're quite good enough. There is so much personal growth among ALL the characters. I just want to hug each and every one of them. I bow down to Aussie writers, they're the real deal.

If you have access to Netgalley, I encourage you to request this book NOW! Thank you so much to the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read such an amazing, incredible book.
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