First Paragraph: 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.
I first became aware of Cath Crowley’s writing not long ago when I read A Little Wanting Song
which was highly recommended by a friend. I was entranced by that book and was so excited when I saw Graffiti Moon
up on Netgalley
and I started reading it once I received approval. The story starts just after Lucy and her best friend Jazz graduate from school and they decide to have a night out on the town. They run into Ed and Leo and the foursome then decide to look for these two graffiti artists known only as Shadow and Poet – as Lucy is dying to meet Shadow.
What follows is a fun, fast-paced story that journey’s through out the town in a story that is told from the POVs of many of the characters. Though the primary story tellers are Lucy and Ed. Lucy is that every girl sort of character and its easy to relate to her. She is young and hopeful and is just starting out and filled with so many dreams. In many ways she reminds me of myself right before college and work and the world started to weigh upon me. Then there is Ed…he’s a loner and a thinker and yes just a little bit troubled and trying to find his way.
Once I started this book I just couldn’t put it down. I was sucked into the story and the trip that Lucy, Jazz, Ed and Leo embarked on. This book was like a mini-road trip book – there is lots of travel around town and there is lots of internal growth in the characters as well. It seems like an impossible thing to have character learn so much about themselves in one night and maybe in the real world it would be. But Cath Crowley has a way of taking this concept and making it so real and believable. She has a way with words that really brings out the emotions that each character is feeling and to also bring out a similar response in the reader.
If you love a good contemporary then be sure to check out Graffiti Moon. Its such an amazing and heart felt story that I still find myself thinking about it long after I turned the final page. Graffiti Moon also cemented me as a total fan girl for life of Cath Crowley. She has a gift of the written word and I am eagerly anticipating her next book.
**This review was originally posted on 01 December 2011 here and I’m reposting it now to highlight its upcoming US release.**