Publication Date: 14th Feb 2012 (1st published Aug 2010)
Book Source: Random House Children's Books & NetGalley
Synopsis: "Let me make it in time. Let me meet Shadow. The guy who paints in the dark. Paints birds trapped on brick walls and people lost in ghost forests. Paints guys with grass growing from their hearts and girls with buzzing lawn mowers."
It’s the end of Year 12. Lucy’s looking for Shadow, the graffiti artist everyone talks about. His work is all over the city, but he is nowhere.
Ed, the last guy she wants to see at the moment, says he knows where to find him. He takes Lucy on an all-night search to places where Shadow’s thoughts about heartbreak and escape echo around the city walls.
But the one thing Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.
Graffiti culture (street art) is very much a part of Melbourne and graffiti is very much a living, breathing character in Graffiti Moon. Add this to the familiar Melbourne setting, believable teenage characters, lyrical writing and superb dialogue and you get a book that feels as natural as breathing.
Arse grabbing, nose breaking, cubicle of truth, friendship, change, realisation, a night of celebration, a journey of discovery. Told over one night from the alternating viewpoints of Ed & Lucy with smatterings of Leo's poetry this little book is a treasure to savour, soak up the words like a sponge, immerse yourself in the sheer beauty.
Lucy & best friend Jazz:
"Luce when we were in the street talking, Leo's arm brushed my arm. I got static electricity down there."
I can't help laughing. "So go out with him. Tell me about it tomorrow."
"I want to tell you about it while it's happening."
"He'll probably think that's weird," I say.
"I want you to get static electricity too."
"I'll go rub my feet up and down on the carpet for a while when I get home. I promise."
Ed & best friend Leo:
Would you say you're more of a poet or a social commentator?" I ask, thinking about what Lucy said earlier.
"I don't know." He chuckles. "Would you say you're more of an idiot or a wanker?"
I loved the characters, Lucy for her ballsiness, sarcasm & naivety and Ed for his I paint so it gets quiet under my skin vulnerability. Oh and did I mention the classic references, without seeming try-hard, they just ... fit.
My one wish; pictures, just a little artwork to accompany all those delicious words. So I couldn't resist dishing up a little Melbourne graffiti art to get you in the mood.
Graffiti Moon is a veritable treat for the senses; sweet, sad, whimsical, hopeful, funny ,beautiful. Read it!!
Visit Cath Crowley's website to find out more about this Australian author & her work.