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ARC Review: Graffiti Moon

Graffiti Moon

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Release Date: February 14, 2012
Publisher: Knopf
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: NetGalley
Rating: Perfect Bed Partner
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About the Book:
Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can't see is the one thing that's right before her eyes.
I pedal fast. Down Rose Drive, where houses swim in pools of orange streetlight. Where people sit on verandas, hoping to catch a breeze. Let me make it in time. Please let me make it in time...

Graffiti Moon is like a dream that entraps your consciousness and urges you to leave reality, and all it's difficulties, behind. Crowley's soft whimsical flow of writing are luminous clouds in a bright blue sky, something beautiful that, when you stop to pay attention and really look, sweetly lulls the mind and heart. It's as if Crowley took the world we live in and put it behind another pair of lenses, granting us a heartachingly wonderful view of the same place only with infinitely more color and vibrancy, a precious place that we wish we didn't have to abandon for our own. For the first time, things cease to seem ordinary and the characters are little points of light that stand out even among all the charm already present in the fancifully written setting. They are weird and fascinating and dazzling, and they never give us a reason to want to escape them. They are open books themselves that constantly tug on our sympathy and ignite our smiles, leaving us with a burning need to see them all happy by the end.

Lucy wants Shadow. Once, Shadow had wanted her. She just didn't know it then... Lucy and Ed can be so opposite yet they share similarities that aren't easily observable, to us and between each other. Lucy is strong-willed, dreamy, optimistic, and even naive, and grabbing the events of the story and trying to focus in on them through her eyes is definitely a fun adventure. Lucy has this way of making us laugh even as we feel something profound, has the ability to cut through the BS and see into the other side. That's what gravitates to her interesting people like ourselves and Ed, the extreme loner-looking guy who has all his words shut in but all the pictures of his thoughts and memories dripping out of his fingertips. Not only is he very cute, but he appreciates art and most of its many faces, has a keen sense of loyalty and a hard strategy on how to show his feelings to others. Lucy and Ed couldn't be a better suited match. The problem? The fact that their first date dropped into a new level of hell and Lucy ended the night in a way that left Ed in pieces of doubt and chunks of disappointment. Their reconnection after these past couple of years is a syrupy progression, with sticky areas of discussion and a slow melting quality.

The other characters were just as thickly characterized, with so much going on inside, and Crowley writes little to let us know it but shows us so much about each person. It isn't a far stretch for us to fall in love with each face and attitude we hang with throughout the novel. The predictable plot was successfully carried out and never once fell and cracked to reveal a familiar dull story. Graffiti Moon is a clever interpretation of a place and storyline we may have seen before, and is also one that's more alluring and beautifully devastating and warm than any I've ever found and enjoyed. Crowley truly has to hatch another sweet, romantic idea told in an equally mesmerizing way as Graffiti Moon.

Lucy looks out the window, staring at something that's in her head, the same way she did two years ago when I watched her. She hasn't changed much except now she's bunching up her hair with paintbrushes. She's still smiling like she's thinking something you want to hear.
"Why do you want to find him so bad?" (25%)


Jenny Zemanek said...

Yay Asher! So glad you loved this one too:)

"It's as if Crowley took the world we live in and put it behind another
pair of lenses, granting us a heartachingly wonderful view of the same
place only with infinitely more color and vibrancy, a precious place
that we wish we didn't have to abandon for our own."

Couldn't have said it any better, that's exactly the way I felt when I read this one. Truly stunning review:)

Mimi Valentine said...

WOW. Wow, wow, wow! I don't think I'll ever stop being amazed at how beautiful your reviews can be, Asher -- and I thought I couldn't be more excited to finish this book! x) I'm actually reading this one right now and I'm loving the way the Cath Crowly writes too -- it's poetic and pretty and so imaginative! <3

Absolutely beautiful review, Asher! :) I think you're review is only making me appreciate it even more!

rogier said...

glad you love/ waiting 4 my copy to arrive 

Caitlin Lomas said...

I sorta feel like everyone has read this except me and I didn't realise how good it would be till I read your review! The way you've described the writing style...wow I need to read this now! I'm about to go look it up XD

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Jennifer Messerschmidt said...

I loved this book! The characters were so deep and likable and relatable. I loved everything!

Sarah said...

Awesome review, this is one I've had on my list for a little while and it sounds so good. Your review definitely makes me want to move this up my list! :)

Liz. R said...

You always manage to pick such amazing quotes to include at the end of your reviews! They always convince me that I need to read the book. This one sounds really great - I wasn't actually going to read it but now I think I have to! The characters all sound amazing - great review Asher! :)

Sarah (saz101) said...

Uh, Asher, I just posted the same on Goodreads, but this review is PERFECT. Uh. Wow. The images you've drawn for me.... Wow. OK, so I was kind of dying to read this before... what you've just done to me. I'm a mess. Need. Want. *drools*

If the book is half as amazing as your review... just... uh... I die.

Asher_Knight said...

 I saw! <3 I'm so glad you want to read it now. It makes me happy because this book is nearly Special Shelf material. It's the writing that I think back to and the striking emotion that's felt.

Enter the giveaway! It's INTL and you have a couple of days, I think :)