Review: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

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.

If you’ve talked to me in the past couple of weeks, you’ve heard me gush about Graffiti Moon. I have a confession, I’m not always a big fan of books that switch POVs. Especially between male and female ones that are written by one author. If they are done correctly, they top my favorite books list, but too often one character comes off as week or not as important as the other. Graffiti Moon is one book that gets that style right.

I picked up Graffiti Moon expecting a fun, light contemporary romance. I have to say it was so much more than that. It went a bit deeper than I was expecting, putting it as one of my favorite contemporary reads. Ever.

Lucy and her two girlfriends just graduated. They have decided to have a life-changing night to celebrate. Each has different goals. Lucy’s is to find Shadow, a graffiti artist whose work speaks to her. When her friends go off to work on their own goals, Lucy is stuck with Ed, a guy she has a history with and isn’t exactly crazy about. Ed isn’t all that crazy about her either, but finds her mission hilarious for reasons not really “spoilery”. (But I’m going to omit them, just in case!)

Paired up with Ed and his friends, Lucy and her friends manage to get into tons of trouble and in their search for the perfect celebration. As the story unfolds we see peeks into what happened to make Lucy and Ed not see eye-to-eye, plus their true feelings about each situation. The entire book is such a fun adventure, I was hooked from page one and finished the book the same night.

Crowley has managed a book reminiscent of books by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. Think Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist or Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, only set in Australia. It’s funny, it’s charming, and just so entertaining. Graffiti Moon is the sort of book I want to purchase multiple copies of. One to sit on my shelf and flip through when I’m down for a quick pick-me-up with it’s hilarious quotes. One for my e-reader so I can cart it around, and then numerous others to pass to EVERYONE I see.

Simply put, I love this book. If you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favor and order a copy now.

I received my copy of Graffiti Moon from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  1. Jac says:

    I’m with you on not really loving the split views, especially in YA. They have to be done well. And this definitely was!

    Thanks for the great review :-)

    Jac @ For Love and Books

  2. The Muggle says:

    I’m so glad you loved it! I’m going to read this very soon :)

    Thanks for stopping by my mailbox the other day!

  3. Hannah says:

    Great review! I’ve also been freaking out to everyone I can about Graffiti Moon ever since I read it. I’ve had to stop myself from buying every copy I see because this is definitely one I want to pass on, display everywhere I can, and fall asleep cuddling at night =)

  4. Mary says:

    Personally I like books that switch POVs. It gets me in the head of the characters. What I don’t like is when they come out of no where and your supposed to guess who it is. I hate that. But if it’s done correctly it’s the best!
    Great review, I now have this on my TBR list.


    • Amanda says:

      I love them when done properly! I also hate when it’s not obvious which one is “talking”.

      Hope you get to it soon and love it as much as I did!

  5. Lolawid says:

    I really, really, really want to read this book!! I’m just going to have to break down and buy it… Thanks for the review!!

  6. kimba88 says:

    I have been hearing so many wonderful things about this novel..great review!

  7. Bext says:

    Amandaaaaaaa!! *stares at growing to-read pile*
    You make me wanna read this one way too bad. ;o EVeryone seems to love it!

  8. Jen says:

    Yay! I’m so glad you loved this too! I want to re-read it already :) .

  9. Preet says:

    In response to your message….Uhm…”GET THIS BOOK NOW!” is the proper thing I should be thinking right? I’ve actually been wanting this for a few weeks now. I think I’ll be breaking down and getting it soon!

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