Sunday, 27 January 2013

Ten Reasons You Should Read Graffiti Moon By Cath Crowley


1. It takes place all in one night, which adds at least 70% more awesomeness.
2. It's told from two (and a half) perspectives: Lucy, who is on the hunt for graffiti artist Shadow and Ed, who secretly is Shadow. Seeing both points of view as they get to know one another, keep secrets and miscommunicate is a lot of fun. The half perspective is the occasional poetic insight from the mind of Leo, a.k.a. Shadow's partner in crime, Poet.
3. The writing is gorgeous. It reminds me of Melina Marchetta in its raw beauty.
4. The characters are all well fleshed-out, unique and likable. Even when they're planning to do kind of terrible things, you can't help but root for this bunch.
5. There are so many adorable interactions that will make you want to squee. Ed and Lucy have a strong chemistry from the start, even when they supposedly hate each other.
6. It's about art and the way it touches your soul. Crowley paints colours with her words as vividly as Shadow does with his spray cans.
7. It's also about love and finding yourself, but not in a cheesy, naff way. It's incredibly authentic in its untidiness while still being uplifting and hopeful.
8. It's set in the beautiful city of Melbourne. I want to go to there (seriously, I can't believe I've never been!).
9. You won't want to put it down. It's one of those books you devour every chance you get.
10. It won't take long to read, but it will leave a lasting impression. It's lovely and brilliant and wonderful and every good adjective you can think of.

Rating: 5/5

24 comments:

  1. The Melina Marchetta comparison alone has convinced me! I haven't read anything by Cath Crowley since Chasing Charlie Duskin waaaaaay back at the start of high school, but I think I need to give this one a go.

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    1. I haven't read Chasing Charlie Duskin, I'll have to hunt it down!

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  2. Nothing warms a book lovers heart like hearing another book lover gush about a book - love your 'list review Belle.

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    1. I can't do anything but gush about this one.

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  3. Sounds like a total winner. I love this list.

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  4. I'm so glad you loved this, Belle. Graffiti Moon made me such a Cath Crowley fan-girl.. I'd read anything she wrote! Love, love, love this book.

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    1. I know! I want to read her other books now!

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  5. I love the review! I always find it tricky to write about books that I love, but I like the '10 reasons' thing a lot.
    Oh, and I agree, excellent read :)

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    1. Thanks Anna! I tried writing a "proper" review but it was mostly me going, "LOVE... AWESOME... READ IT" so the list structure allowed me to form more coherent thoughts somewhat, hehe. It's strange but it's so much harder to write a review for something you love than something you hate!

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  6. I couldn't stop reading this book either! It reminded me of growing up and things I used to get up to with friends. The story defiantely lingered long after I had closed the pages. I don't know Melina Marchetta but will have to look her work up, thanks!

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    1. I wish I did cool stuff like this when I was younger. I just stayed home and read about it LOL.
      Melina Marchetta is AMAZING!

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  7. Yes to everything - this is such a beautiful book :)

    And I only went to Melbtown for the first time about 3-4 years ago - loved it, and it's so different to Sydders!

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    1. So I've heard! I'll have to make it this year for sure.

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  8. Well, your comment "It takes place all in one night, which adds at least 70% more awesomeness" leads me to believe that if SCIENCE says that it's awesome, it must in fact, be awesome. So yeah, will definitely be checking out this book then! YAY!

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    1. Totally scientifically proven :D

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  9. YES YES YES!! :) This makes me so happy! I can't wait for you to read Charlie Duskin and Gracie Faltrain!

    -Maggie

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  10. I love "Squee" books LOL. This sounds super cute! I wasn't sure if I should read it but your list has convinced me :)

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  11. I've heard such amazing things about this book, and I need to find time to read it. I really love multiples points of view done well. Sounds like Crowley achieves that!

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    1. She does! It's such a great book.

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  12. OMG...i reaaaalyly reaaaally want to read this one! Looks awesome! :D

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