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Graffiti moon – tekijä: Cath Crowley

Graffiti moon (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2010; vuoden 2010 painos)

– tekijä: Cath Crowley

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Told in alternating voices, an all-night adventure featuring Lucy, who is determined to find an elusive graffiti artist named Shadow, and Ed, the last person Lucy wants to spend time with, except for the fact that he may know how to find Shadow.
Teoksen nimi:Graffiti moon
Kirjailijat:Cath Crowley
Info:Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia, 2010.
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):*****
Avainsanoja:#LoveOzYA, FICTION, Realistic, Love, Art, Identity, Belonging, Relationships, Graffiti, Poetry

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Graffiti Moon (tekijä: Cath Crowley) (2010)


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Rating: 4.75/5
It’s been hours since I finished this one and I’m still having this odd, dreamy look in my eyes, that stupid banana smile and this urge to do some graffiti. In my own room. All because of Ed.

Lucy, Jazz and Daisy, three friends just finished their year 12 and instead of throwing a party or get trashed at the club, they spent their last night with three boys: Ed, Leo and Daisy’s boyfriend Dylan, looking for the authors of the most heartfelt, genius-like and expressive graffiti of whole town. But sometimes, the things you most want and desperately look for can be right in front your eyes.

While reading the blurb, the premise looked good however the execution was much, much better.
The book reminded me what it felt like on my last day of high school: the farewells, the excitement, the freedom and then the incertitude about our futures, the questions about which path to take, where we will be ten years from now. We were eighteen and clueless about what was waiting for us outside the cocoon of high school and home but we dismissed it all; the truth is we were terrified and I wish we had someone to tell us that life isn’t all what it’s cracked up to be. I wish we had someone like Shadow, painting how we felt, someone like Poet to write the words we wanted to hear/read. Unfortunately, graffiti isn’t very appreciated in town.

So, throughout the whole book, I wished very hard to be in Lucy’s shoes, looking at those graffiti that might hold my answers and my feelings, looking for Shadow, the artist who paints them with the right colors. With the help of Ed. Ed who makes her tingle and zing in all the right places just by looking at her from across the room. Ed, who messed up their first date by grabbing her arse. Ed, who got kicked out for school for cheating in an exam. Ed who thinks that art is cool and likes Vermeer and Rothko. Ed who is not single.

Ed who claims that Shadow is not the person she glorifies and thinks he is.

Graffiti Moon was a breath of fresh air, tackling the issue of coming-of-age in sometimes, a very serious but still engaging way. Juggling between Lucy and Ed’s point of view, you never grow tired or bored with their voices. They’re funny, smart, talented, creative, and lost. They didn’t know where the night was heading and they didn’t expect that what they were looking for was just within arm’s reach.

The author’s writing is truly amazing. Her descriptions are so accurate and vivid; I could easily picture the walls and the colors just by closing my eyes. It was very pleasant. So needless to say, I really enjoyed reading this one for everything it offered and then some: its characters, the paintings, the poems and the smile it is plastering on my face each time I’m thinking about it.
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  Ash600 | Mar 19, 2021 |
(3.5 stars)

The trouble with hype is that I can't help but be influenced by it when I pick up a book. Anyone who is at least marginally involved with young adult fiction couldn't help but hear at least a little about Graffiti Moon last year, given that it seemed to win pretty much every award going, along with the adoration of readers worldwide. Knowing that the novel had such an incredible resume meant that I went into reading it expecting something mindblowingly amazing. And the trouble with that kind of expectation is that it's hard for any book to live up to it.

Graffiti Moon is very well written, combining poetic prose with realistic dialogue in a way that works far more than it rightfully should. It focuses on teens with realistic backgrounds and personalities, although the ratio of sensitive, arty criminals is significantly higher than it probably is among real life teenagers. It shows character growth and provides a hint of romance without succumbing to the soulmates-at-first-sight mentality that is so common today. It's a very solid book.

I didn't love it, though. And that's the problem with hype. Instead of being pleased to have read a good, enjoyable book, I feel disappointed that it didn't change my world. I want to focus on the fact that the comedy of errors plot grew a little tired towards the end, when I just wanted Lucy to realise, or on the fact that the voices of the two key protagonists didn't read as distinctly as I would have liked. And I don't think that's fair to Cath Crowley, because there are good reasons why Graffiti Moon has been as successful as it has. It's just that it wasn't really for me, and that's okay. A lot of books aren't.
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  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
Graffiti has always entranced me. There's something about the sweeping murals, painted in secrecy, that hold a certain power over me. After reading Graffiti Moon, I think my love is even stronger. Before I delve into anything else about this book I need to share how much I loved that Cath Crowley made graffiti into art. Shadow doesn't paint on anything that belongs to anyone, he doesn't tag for a gang, instead he paints the beauty, pain and sorrow that are inside of his soul onto the walls of broken down areas. Unloved areas that crave color. In this book, graffiti is turned into an expression of feeling. Crowley allows her characters to use art in general as an outlet for their emotions. It's a beautiful thing.

This is a story about feeling lost and alone, and searching out the one thing that will bring you back. For Lucy, her parents are the source of her confusion. I love how Crowley portrays them in this book, because it is so realistic. They love one another, they love her, they just can't always be around one another. On the other hand, Shadow's nemesis is a matter of self doubt. How can he move forward if the one holding him back is...him? These two characters are the main focus of the story, and they are beautifully portrayed. To say I fell in love with them is a given.

I wish I could more aptly express how sweeping this story is. Crowley has a way with words that just allows you to get lost in the story. Lucy is looking for a mysterious artist, one who will take her breath away. What she doesn't see is that the boy right in front of her is just as wonderful. In this story Lucy and Ed navigate the land of second chances. They discover that sometimes first impressions aren't always what they seem to be. Shrouded in the protective cloak of night, these two learn a lot about themselves and one another. Their dialogue is true to life and unabashedly honest. I can't express enough how amazing these two really are.

Beautiful. That's my review in one word. What Cath Crowley has written in Graffiti Moon is a look deep into the inner thoughts of lost teens. A nighttime adventure that takes them through their deepest secrets. This book captivated me, and I guarantee that it will do the same for you. ( )
  roses7184 | Feb 5, 2019 |
Lately, I've been trying to pick up new things, and try books about new things, and I stumbled upon this book two days ago so I decided to give it a shot.
I have to admit I'm glad I did.

This was such a fun read, not only was it easy to go through but it was beautiful and the characters were all relatable to a certain extent.
I liked how each one of the characters had their own kind of art they were interested in, I loved how they found beauty in each other's art and they were open to other things and ideas.
I really liked the concept of Shadow and Poet, a poet and an artist working as a team, one drawing and the other expressing himself with words.
Lucy was also an interesting character, she wasn't my favorite, but she was really cool. I loved the way she thought and how she just blurted out whatever was on her mind.

My favorite parts in the book were definitely Poet's chapters. He was a poet in some and a social commentator in others, but I liked them.

The overall writing style of this book was awesome and kept me hooked from the first chapters.

All in all, this was such a fun read, I highly recommend it to anyone who likes contemporaries that have kinda adventures in the middle of the night ( )
  Ray_ | Mar 24, 2018 |
I am having a really hard time getting into books lately. I'm not sure if I am just picking the wrong books or if I just need a break? I read the majority of Graffiti Moon but I really could not get hooked. The story was incredibly slow moving which usually isn't a problem for me. I am all about stories that are centered around a small moment in time and I love to read about the dynamics of a relationship. I couldn't relate to any of the characters and felt incredibly far removed from the storyline. Obviously I am in the minority here so I won't say don't pick up this novel. I think if you are interested in art and delinquents then you will probably enjoy this read.
  Emma_Manolis | Jun 27, 2017 |
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Told in alternating voices, an all-night adventure featuring Lucy, who is determined to find an elusive graffiti artist named Shadow, and Ed, the last person Lucy wants to spend time with, except for the fact that he may know how to find Shadow.

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