“Let me make it in time. Let me meet Shadow. 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.”
It’s the end of Year 12. Lucy’s looking for Shadow, the graffiti artist everyone talks about.
His work is all over the city, but he is nowhere.
Ed, the last guy she wants to see at the moment, says he knows where to find him. He takes Lucy on an all-night search to places where Shadow’s thoughts about heartbreak and escape echo around the city walls.
But the one thing Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.
I am not ashamed to admit that I have a certain fondness for Young Adult fiction. There is so much awesome writing out there, and I could care less if it’s written for teenagers. Graffiti Moon is one of the best books I have read in a while. It’s a very quick read, but the language and imagery is so beautiful that I didn’t want it to end. Told from four different points of view, it is the story of teenagers trying to find their path through the next stage of life when high school (Australian) is finished. For Lucy that means finding Shadow, the mythic graffiti artist whose art she has worshipped and been inspired by for years. Through his work, she has built up an image of him in her head. I loved the discussions of art and what inspires artists. What does art mean to individual people? Is it really a way to look into the artist’s soul? It was fun to read about art and artists well known another country because I had to look up some of the work referenced, like Jeffrey Smart.
To be honest, while the story line is sort of predictable, the way that the story is woven together is so perfectly, who cares? It’s a love story, and those tend to be pretty standard so you might as well enjoy the ride.
So do yourself a favor and get this book ASAP.
Anyone have any good book recommendations?