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[box color=red]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. [/box]
Regina’s Review – 4 Skulls – A-
There are some young adult books that center on teen-aged characters and the storyline is very, well teenage in maturity level. These books are written solely for a younger audience. Then there are young adult books that have teen-aged characters and the storyline is one the resonates with audiences of all ages. This last kind of young adult book is where Graffiti Moon falls. Graffiti Moon is a coming of age novel told from the alternating view-point of two characters – Ed and Lucy. The story is simple and sweet. The characters have reached a point in their life where they are leaving behind the markers of childhood and moving on into the first stages of adulthood. The book takes place over one night; one night that the characters have decided is their night to grow up and define how their young adulthood will begin. Graffiti Moon’s story is enriched through the characters’ memories of happenings and events over their lifetime and brought to the pages through flashbacks.
I feel like if I call Graffiti Moon a sweet love story, it will confuse what this book is about. But I cannot leave out that there is a sweet love story taking place
and developing throughout the story. I think that if I call this book simply a “coming of age” novel, then that categorization misses the mark in describing how deeply this story can affect people who have truly moved beyond their own coming of age moment. Graffiti Moon is the story of two teenagers who are done with high school and high school jobs and may or may not have hopes for the future but they are no longer kids. The characters have romantic fantasies about their ideal boyfriend or girlfriend and intense loyalty to their friends. Small events become big and crazy in the way that can only happen when one is a teenager.
I really liked Graffiti Moon, it is funny with witty dialogue and some interesting surprising turns in the storyline. I was rooting for Lucy and I was rooting for Ed, even when they were stupid and making such silly — well teenaged motivated – decisions. Have you ever had the fantasy of what a perfect boyfriend would be? Do you remember keeping a list of what you wanted in a guy? He has to like X and he has to do Y. Well Lucy is no different. As the story unwinds Lucy has to realize what all the readers have likely learned themselves by now, that love and romance does not come in perfect packages.
The book has quite a few funny scenes between Lucy and her friends and then between Ed and their friends. The dialogue is witty and the jokes are good, but I did find that there were a bit too many of these scenes and admittedly skimmed a few of them. However, the book is short and these scenes demonstrate the strong friendship between the two sets of friends. The ending was sweet and of course everything was wrapped up rather perfectly, but it is a young adult story. I could not have asked for or wanted more.
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