Crowley brings Melbourne's night to you — the velvety black, the blinking stars, the heat, the factory smoke, and then the beginning of dawn — and it felt just like I was there with them, riding a bike through the empty streets. We only get to spend one night with Lucy and Ed.
Yet, they are complex characters, well-drawn with their hopes and fears, their strengths and weaknesses, their talents. I loved their love for art, the way they talked about it. It was in no way pretentious, it was just who they were. Ed's graffiti really came to life through Crowley's writing, and I wish it was real. I wish it was something I could look at. This way, I can only imagine his oceans, the bright birds, the ghost in the jar … Then, their friends. Fun people to be with I would do everything to spend a night with this gang , but not only sidekicks just there for the sake of throwing in some good lines.
Last night, after finishing this book, I was sitting in front of my laptop, trying to put my feelings into words. It was not possible. This is when I wish I were a writer, someone who could capture this achy, bittersweet feeling that lingers even today. I can only describe it as indescribable. The writing is so beautiful it almost hurts.
I could put this whole book in my favourite quotes. Hands down, probably the best book I have read so far this year. All okay, some of the things I loved: View all 23 comments. Jun 20, Vinaya rated it really liked it Recommended to Vinaya by: I've been a huge fan of Banksy from the day I first saw a mural on Brick Lane, and I find every one of his pieces stimulating, entertaining and empathetic. There's not too many artists who can manage that. And the point of street art, the reason for its existence, is to connect. Screw the million-dollar canvases in the galleries, street art is a montage of images designed to appeal to every man.
So anyway, Graffiti Moon.
It's I love graffiti. It's a pretty standard contemporary romance, about a girl and a boy and one special night where they discover each other.
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Graffiti Moon's appeal lies not in its innovation, but in its ability to evoke the same emotions graffiti does- a dash of nostalgia, a splash of colour, the thrill of the illicit and a stimulation of the senses. Cath Crowley's words are vivid, painting a pretty picture of all those pictures her characters are seeing.
I love the idea of Shadow and Poet, of two lost boys painting out their insecurities and their secret selves, putting it out there on a wall- showing themselves without ever really showing themselves. The book was cute, and funny and satisfying. It was about losing illusions, exploring reality and the tender yet painful journey towards growing up. It was about friendship, and pink vans, and doing the wrong thing, but still finding redemption in the end.
I loved the dynamics between all the characters. Daisy and Dylan were outright adorable, Leo and Jazz provided just the right amount of conflict, and Lucy and Ed were the heart. I also loved the interaction between the three girls, and the boys. The strength of the bond between these very likeable set of friends came across warm and clear. The writing, the relationships, the chemistry, the conflict- these are the things that Australian YA authors seem to excel at, and Cath Crowley upholds those standards.
Whether it's the occassionally-mentioned but very real parents in the story, or the scary-funny bad guy or the slowly-developing romance between two people who had always known each other without ever really seeing the other person, this book takes you on a picturesque, evocative, funny journey into the lives of a bunch of very likeable teenagers. If only more YA was written with the same heart and skill!
View all 11 comments. After a while the tingle turned to electricity, and when he asked me out my whole body amped to a level where technically I should have been dead. My GoodReads friends are all peop 4. My GoodReads friends are all people with excellent taste.
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A few of you took the time to notice what I like and recommend this book to me. And a special thanks to Lisa O. Anyway, where was I? Somehow she says more in one sentence than most people are able to say in twenty. She also has an excellent sense of humor and I found myself crying with laughter over some of her passages. I know they still love each other, but I guess love is kind of like a marshmallow in a microwave on high. Instead, she dreams about meeting a graffiti artist called Shadow, convinced that he is the guy who could never disappoint her.
It also happened to be right around the time when Lucy broke his nose on their first date. He is Shadow and his best friend Leo is Poet. And he wishes Shadow was as amazing as Lucy seems to believe he is. Jazz and Leo are both weird in their own way but they might be compatible. All of them end up together in a pink van where the truth must come out - whether they like it or not. View all 27 comments. Here is the cause of my death: Review to come, I just ugh, I can't even look at this book without wanting to fall asleep. View all 85 comments. Jun 16, Jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have five fingers pressed on my desk in reaction to this book right now.
A night that lasts forever. Letting go of the breaks. Twirls in the place. In for the thrill. No guts, no glory. Moving to the extra beats. Ms Crowley described it so perfectly I could almost smell the paint drying but I wanted to see and experience what Lucy did. Also, I always thought that New York was the city for late night adventures and mischief.
Here I come, Melbourne. There was something missing that stopped me falling head over heels in love with you. It could be that I was completely jealous that you were living my dream in the most perfect, swoony, beautiful, gorgeous [insert gushing adjective here] way and I wanted to push you off a mountain so I could step into your place because I have long brown hair and I once went to a glass museum and I watch a man blow glass so I could blag it and I lovelovelove graffiti so I could blag that too and no one would know the difference and me and Ed would live happily ever after on love, art and delicious, delicious sausage rolls.
Oh I fell for Ed. Hook, line and sinker. I loved your passion, your humour, your sadness, your determination, your soul, your eloquence, your vision, your relentless quest to find the perfect shade of blue and your insecurities. I would never mow your heart grass. That sounded more romantic and less weird in my head. I would stick my knife in your toaster and let you electrocute me. You know what I mean, Ed.
I love it when an author realises the importance of a brilliant supporting cast. So often books have these insipid cookie cutter secondary characters that are just there. I want to ride in a pink VW with them. Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun Thought I'd never see The love you found in me Now it's changing all the time Living in a rhythm where the minutes working overtime.
These guys get a lot of airplay over here on my marginally rainier shores which is fantastic because they are amazing. Strictly Savage Garden Story Song. I Want You by Savage Garden. This song reminds me of my best friend because we used to listen to Savage Garden on YouTube while we drank cheap wine from Aldi before heading out for a night of dancing and debauchery. That's just how we roll. One time, we actually managed to sing the entire song, straight-faced and completely rat-arsed. Even the fast bit. This book made my insides feel twirly and my soul swirl like the colourful bit in a glass marble.
People who are one of the good guys, but just working undercover. People who are looking for the collision. People who compare all their crushes against Atticus Finch. People who like the zing. People who like to make grabs at stars. People who appreciate the importance of eyebrow action. View all comments. Last week, as I was strolling with my two little ones around town for our morning promenade , I happened to pass in front of our neighborhood's church.
In its front yard there was quite a congregation of young kids, their instruments and a lot of out of tune music, as they were preparing to rehearse for some parochial event. Of course my daughter, who's 4 and knows the whole Aladdin soundtrack by heart, begged me to stop and listen to whatever they were going to play. When I said "you 4. When I said "young kids" I forgot to mention these kids where more on the 12 to 14 y. So I got to thinking that I generally tend to underestimate teenagers and think their brains work only on Wii waves, text-messaging and angst.
But there are also some very talented and artistic kids out there whose sole interest in life is not limited to a remote control. The Graffiti Moon crew, despite being a bit older, is composed by such kids. Slightly eccentric, artistic, urban teens whom author Cath Crowley still manages to depict in a very believable way, complete with teen dorkiness and false romantic ideals. There's Lucy, the glassblower, who when asked by her best friend Jazz to compile a list of guys she would "do it with", writes down only fictional characters.
Enamored with a mysterious graffiter's work called Shadow , she is determined to find him, convinced they can't be but twin souls. After having lost his job at a paint shop, he embarks in an illicit adventure with his friend Leo which involves a pink getaway van, some bad men and some "travel plans" with Lucy. Daisy and Dylan, trait d'union between Lucy, Jazz, Ed and Leo, are going through a relationship crisis and are, apparently, the only ones who can lead Lucy and Jazz to Shadow and his friend Poet. I loved this book. I loved how the two POVs overlaps so the reader can be inside both heads for the same scene, I loved how, throughout the book, roles get reversed and misunderstood, like in a comedy of errors.
I loved the dialogues, the characters' sense of humor, the banter: And if my like for you were a boxer, there'd be dead guy lying on the floor. And if my like for you were sugar, you'd lose your teeth before you were twenty. And if my like for you was money, let's just say you'd be spending plenty.
Another talented author which manages to give us a realistic, cute, hilarious teenage story, coupled with believable and well developed characters with great personalities, all encased in pretty words, a bit flowery but not too purply. I'm hacking half a star off just because I thought the ending was a bit too Gone with the Wind style. But this is, definitely, definitely, a book that needs your attention. Another great Australian author, another great YA story. View all 13 comments. Wonderfully written, really cute plot in a span of 24 hours, smart characters and affecting story.
For me, it was love at first read with Ms. Both books thrive in the arts. The former on books and literature while the latter on fine arts- glass art, paintings and graffiti combined with poetry. Of course the main theme of the story is basically about love or more particularly about finding one. I r Wonderfully written, really cute plot in a span of 24 hours, smart characters and affecting story. A definitely recommended YA contemporary romance. View all 10 comments. In fact, my advice to all of my fellow book nerds out there is to just toss out those chalky conversation hearts, forget about the rest of humanity, and hole up with this book today.
If you have a significant other, tell him or her to skip the flowers and buy you this instead. Or rather, who needs a date with a person? This book is a terrific date. I wrote that last April about the Australian edition and it still stands. While many young adult romances seem to be propagandizing the all-consuming, identity swallowing, love at first glance kind of romance, this book goes so much deeper. It acknowledges the instant attraction, the lust, the electricity, and then it moves on.
It moves past the romantic ideals to celebrate the more complex truth. The truth is better. Lucy is very worried throughout the book because her father has moved from their home to the shed out back, which doesn't conform to her view of how love should be: And yet it works for them, which is the only thing that matters. Cath Crowley also does such a wonderful job with Leo and Ed— two boys who manage to be sensitive and artistic without seeming whiny or pretentious. They feel like real boys, complete with awkwardness, bad decision-making, and insecurities.
This book is excellent proof that a light read can also contain serious topics like death, poverty, parental abandonment, and divorce. It's a sweet, hilarious, romantic book that won't make you choke on saccharine sweetness. Come by The Readventurer to see this review and a discussion of the differences between the U.
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Aug 18, Nomes rated it it was amazing Shelves: Graffiti Moon takes place over one night although there are some flashbacks and is told from two POV's: This book is genius. It's exactly why I love reading YA. Somehow this book perfectly captures how I felt as a teen - that big dreaming scheming place in my head, a place where night time is magical and when boys can make you tingle just by looking at them across the room.
It's funny and heart felt and the whole scenario is one of the best set-ups I've read.
And I wish I could tell you the hook but I don't want to give away spoilers Graffiti Moon is completely addictive with the tension building so beautifully that I just had to keep reading, wondering how it was all going to play out. It's sprinkled with stunning prose and scenes described to masterfully that I felt I was right there. The dialogue was brilliant.
It kills me, dialogue like that. The characters are so completely awesome that they stand up and walk around, leaping off the page. They are also completely teenagery in the very best of ways.
The boys in this novel are charming and off-beat, wildly funny and completely crush-worthy and so nuanced that they are unique - not carbon copied characters that you'd find between the pages of another book. The girls are captivating, sometimes sly and always fun. They are genuine and their moments of angst have such flair that you can't help but completely love them. It's not just me who is raving about this. Check out more reviews goodreads Anyway, Graffiti Moon spoke to me and is one of my favourite reads this year and for a girl who loves contemp YA with a splash of romance - well the love story in this one is completely awesome.
View all 3 comments. I loved everything about it,especially the writing. Writing is done in two styles, the normal style and poetry style. Every poetry part is from Leo's point of view and i loved it very very much. The couples were sweet and loveable, the pacing was fast, there were many Final rating: The couples were sweet and loveable, the pacing was fast, there were many moments that made me chuckle and best of all - i love it to bits.
I look at this painting and think about how everyone has some secret inside, something sleeping like that yellow bird. Well this is how i feel about Australia now. The story is quite simple though - A girl wants to find a mysterious guy who paints graffiti across the town. She is in love with his art, and she thinks that the person doing them must feel that way But what she doesn't know is that the one she searches for is with her all of the time I like that about art, that what you see is sometimes more about who you are than what's on the wall.
Little bird, what are you thinking? You come from a can. They were so much fun: D Even the girls,i liked them all. But i still think, the best part of everything is that Lucy broke Ed's nose for touching her butt. How do you slip onto someone's arse? I slipped up and she broke my nose. Ed closes his eyes silently and bangs his head on the wall. He painted graffiti to express his feelings. Eyes ahead and behind. Looking for anyone I don't want to be here. Paint sails and the things that kick in my head scream from can to brick.
See this, see this. See me emptied onto a wall. He is also brave, sometimes even foolish, but i loved him to bits. 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. A guy who paints things like that is a guy I could fall for. The good thing is, it wasn't love triangle. This review can be found on my blog: View all 30 comments. Jan 29, Isamlq rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I swear I'm trying not to gush but you don't know how happy I am to have read this.
It's a little after dawn I'd been waiting for this for so long and now that I've read sped through it, I'm pumped and happy.
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Graffiti Moon is why I read YA. Once in a while I come across a story that stands out against others. Crappy past reads aren't so lackluster, don't se I swear I'm trying not to gush but you don't know how happy I am to have read this.
Crappy past reads aren't so lackluster, don't seem all that crappy because there are books like these that simply leave me feeling happy and satisfied. I swear I'm trying not to gush but I loved every moment of this, even when someone had screwed up, was screwing up and was just about to screw up. Everyone who's ever added this book to their favorites pile is absolutely right to do so and this is another addition to my growing fave list.
I barely finished the third chapter and already I could tell what was going to happen, and yet I loved it and enjoyed them. GM totally makes my week! The sentiment's probably been said time and again, but this makes me want to move to Australia! Shadow paints and speaks through his work. And while its his images that first draw our girl in, its his thoughts and hers and Leo's that pulled me in. Even the shortest and simplest of exchanges were loaded. But more likely it's the characters that I loved.
All of them were perfect in how flawed they were: Again, I swear I'm trying not to gush, but good golly, I enjoyed these people! Ed is talented and smart but doesn't know it, and he's scared. Leo is brave but sometimes foolishly so. Lucy is focused, sometimes too focused that she misses out on what's right in front of her. But instead of being annoyed by these flaws, I got drawn in. While there were moments of sweet and of funny it's that they read possible and real that I couldn't get out of my head. They're what I look for in YA. Rather than being Kens and Barbies, they're people figuring out what their next move would be.
They were all flawed but not too imperfect because they did have a sweetness to them As I felt after reading A Little Wanting Song, I find Cath Crolwey has a way with words that she writes smart and clever stories with characters who ring truthful and with heart. A smile that came out of nowhere and left the same way" "It's like the sun during an eclipse.
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This entry was posted in Book Review and tagged Book Review. I am so excited to read this. I got it from my LibraryThing SantaThing this year! Jenny Reading the End says: Does she talk about doing her glassblowing? I always think glassblowing sounds so, so fun. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: