***ARC provided by publisher for review***
While I do love paranormal/fantasy books, it’s so refreshing to read a YA book that doesn’t have any of that stuff. This book is about love, art and poetry and the story is AMAZING!
Lucy Dervish and her friends have just finished high school and how does Lucy plan on celebrating? By staying out all night with her friends Jazz and Daisy and FINALLY finding the graffiti artist, Shadow. Even though Lucy has never seen him, she believes that he would be perfect for her. Unfortunately, in order to find Shadow she has to hang out with Ed, a high school dropout who she went on a terrible date with years ago. Long story short, he “accidentally” grabbed her butt so she punched him and broke his nose. Tagging along with Ed are his two friends Leo and Dylan.
It starts off as Dylan trying to impress his girlfriend Daisy by claiming he knows Shadow and Poet and Leo (who is Poet) trying to impress Jazz. So Ed gets sucked into their crazy plan to look for…each other. Ed takes Lucy around the city to all the places where he does his art. Their interaction start off as awkward, but the more time they spend together the more Lucy starts to realize that Ed really understand her and her love of art. She is reluctant to admit that she might end up liking Ed and she is losing her interest for Shadow.
The story is told from Ed and Lucy’s POV with a little bit of Leo’s poetry in between chapters although really the whole books feels like it is a piece of poetry. The main characters are Ed and Lucy, but the other four characters have real depth and you feel like you get to know them too. It is also one of the most realistic YA books I have read, along with You Against Me by Jenny Downham. Maybe it has to do with the fact that both authors are not from the US. The story is funny, deep and beautifully written. The book is a work of art in itself and one of my new favorites! Definitely recommending it to all of you and my pick of the week!
4.5 out of 5 sparkly stars!
Some of my favorite quotes from Graffiti Moon:
-Mum says when wanting collides with getting, that’s the moment of truth. I want to collide.
-“You shouldn’t have grabbed my arse. You don’t do that on a first date. Atticus Finch would never have done that.”
“You’re out with me and you have a boyfriend?” he yelled.
“Then who the fuck is Atticus Finch?”
“He’s in the book we’re reading at school.”
“You’re talking to me about books? When I’m bleeding all over the road?”
-“Now I have to go to the toilet.” Ed looks at Leo and Dylan. “I got a feeling you both need to go too.”
“Guys don’t go to the toilet together. That’s messed up,” Leo says.
-“I’ve got this special way of getting the truth out of Dylan.”
“How?” I ask.
“I kick him in the balls.”
“That’s pretty special,” I tell her.
-“We’re not spending the night looking for ourselves,” I tell Leo. “It’s a complete waste of time.”
-“He could be a serial killer, or worse, he could be old, Luce.”
“Serial killers aren’t creative.”
“Watch a little Dexter and get back to me on that.”
-“I’ve almost seen him. And Poet,” she says, and I want to say, You have seen him and you didn’t want him.
-“You’re a very dangerous girl to date.”
“We’re not on a date.”
“Lucky me. I might be dead if we were.”
-Instead of two people in the middle of us, there’s only one. Shadow. And I’m him, so it’s almost just her and me.
-Her words are pictures, and I’m painting them on the wall in my head as she talks.
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