Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Up and Coming: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Release date: February 14, 2012

I'm writing this edition of up and coming because I know it is only a matter of time before one of the other bloggers here will snap it up from me. Kady already loves the author and the Australian setting, Katie will like the characters and the kissing, and Pat will like that it's straight up realistic fiction, not mushy or anything like that.  But, ha on them! I got an electronic ARC and so I get to tell you of my love for this sweet, one night only, graffiti tour.

Lucy is an artist. She's been apprenticing with a glass-blower and everything about the process fascinates her. Since Lucy puts so much effort into thinking about creating her own art, she also has an eye out for art around her. Her favorite local art is that of a graffiti artist, Shadow. She loves the art and the stories that she believes are hidden behind them. On the last day of high school, she is determined to track him down.

Ed didn't make it through tenth grade, he had been working at the paint store but now that his mentor there is gone, his future is even more up in the air than before. He and Lucy went on a date years ago that ended in disaster. Now he finds himself escorting her around their city looking at graffiti, luckily he knows Shadow's favorite hang outs.

This book has already won many awards in Australia and I think people are going to love it here as well. Lucy and Ed are two teens who live in the same city but run with different crowds and seem to have very different lives waiting for them. But Crowley brings you right into both of their minds and she gets both of them instantly. There's a clock ticking down on Ed and Lucy's night out and it makes the story that much tighter and the plot that much quicker. This is a book with no extras, just what you need- but it's all done so well.

If you like your realistic fiction to be well crafted, taught, suspenseful and interspersed with poetry (from Shadow's partner, the aptly named Poet) you should get your hands on Graffiti Moon when it's released in February.

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