Thursday, January 5, 2012

Up and Coming: Graffiti Awesomeness

Ooh Katie, I love these books too! Check out Katie's first two Up and Coming Books of 2012. These are two that you are going to kick yourself if you miss out on. 

There are two soon-to-be-released books in the library catalog that you really should place on hold now--Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley and The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour. Go ahead, I can wait. Or you can just wait until a year from now when I put them on my Best of 2012 list. Your decision.

So now that you’ve placed your holds, let’s discuss.

Graffiti Moon is a he said-she said book, in the winning tradition of Nick & Norah and Lily & Dash. And it very much deserves to be in the company of these excellent titles. Lucy knows exactly how she wants to celebrate her last night of high school--finding the street artist Shadow. She’s seen Shadow’s work and knows that the artist behind it is someone real, someone she could love. Unfortunately, it looks like the first night of the rest of Lucy’s life isn’t going to involve Shadow or love, because she’s stuck with Ed. But Ed could maybe lead her to Shadow. As we all know it’s more often about the journey than the destination, and Ed and Lucy (and a couple of really fantastic friends) have quite the journey in store for them over the course of the night.

The Disenchantments is the story of an actual journey, as four friends--the all girl singing group, The Disenchantments and their friend Colby--take to the road in a VW bus for The Disenchantments final tour of dingy bars along the West Coast before starting life after high school. Told from Colby’s point of view, we see him struggle with questions about the future and doubts about the past as his post-graduation pact with best friend (and long time crush) Bev crumbles. As is to be expected when you put three girls and a guy and send them on a road trip, there is plenty of drama, but each character is so unique and vibrant that nothing about this story seems cliche. What begins as a last hurrah, quickly becomes a crash course in friendship, families, and life. It also is a book with an incredible soundtrack.

So if you have early onset senioritis or love books about artistic and creative people or maybe you just have a thing for really smart, delightful reads, then you should add these to your 2012 reading list. Cath Crowley and Nina LaCour have written the perfect books for anyone who has ever wondered “What’s next?” or simply wanted to grab a spray can, take to the streets, and create art.

1 comment:

Kady said...

Ohhhhhhh, I love Nina LaCour. Thanks for giving me the heads up Katie! I'm putting this on my hold list right now.