"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 .
Graffiti Moon is an absorbing, atmospheric look at art, poetry, and the power these two things create. It follows the story of Lucy and Ed, two teenagers from Melbourne, Australia, over one night. It was captivating.
Lucy is into art in a big way. She's an apprentice glassblower (awesome), is a frequent visitor to exhibitions, and talks about artists all the time. Lucy was a fantastic character who I loved, even if the art stuff went totally over my head most of the time.
Ed is also into art, but he dropped out of school in year 10, and now he's a graffiti artist known as Shadow (this is not a spoiler, it's revealed pretty quickly). Ed, I love you, please marry me? He's just so funny and arty and real.
So, Ed and Lucy went on a very awkward date just before Ed dropped out of school, which culminated in Lucy breaking Ed's nose. But now, Lucy's friend Jazz wants to date Ed's friend Leo, and this is where things get complicated. Lucy wants to know Shadow, unaware he's Ed. Ed, Leo and Dylan (their other friend, who is hilarious by the way) lead Lucy, Jazz (who is also psychic) and Daisy (Dylan's girlfriend who he keeps annoying) on a wild goose chase around Melbourne involving a pink Free Love van, a very creepy criminal called Malcolm Dove, and a lot of art (amongst other things).
Overall, Graffiti Moon excellently combined beautiful writing, humour, and the right sprinkling of romance to create a novel I highly recommend.