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Monday, February 27, 2012

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley: Book & Audiobook Review

Graffiti Moon
by Cath Crowley

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.

Publisher:  Listening Library
Buy the Audiobook:  Audible

I really enjoyed this audiobook!  Call me stupid, or whatever, but the readers had Australian accents, and I seriously ate it up!  The book takes place in Melbourne, so I really appreciate that the publishers actually got people that sounded like they lived there.  It added a lot to the book!  It also had three different readers, for each of the characters whose points of view were represented, and I liked them all.  Sometimes their dialog was so funny, and I think having their Australian accents just made it even more enjoyable!  If you're looking for a fun, sweet, contemporary audiobook, I think you'll like this one! 

Have a listen here.

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (February 14, 2012)
Language: English
Buy the Book:  Amazon

At a Glance:

Contemporary isn't normally my genre, but I found myself really enjoying this book.  It's cute, sweet, funny, and it made me want to go spray paint the side of a building.......after I find the perfect shade of blue! 

High Points:

The funny.  This book often had me laughing out loud.  Australia.  I loved roaming the streets of Melbourne with Lucy and Ed, and all their Aussie slang.  Art.  I'm not an art lover.  I mean, I like to look at it, and see pretty things, but I can barely draw a stick figure.  None of that mattered, though.  I could still appreciate the artsy-ness of this book through Lucy and Ed's eyes.   Awesome supporting characters, dangerous missions, seeing the beauty through the darkness, staying out all night, adventure, Pink VW vans, cubicles of truth, best friends, lost loves, new loves, old loves, amazing mentors, no guts no glory, and an awesome right hook.  I seriously enjoyed this book, so much more than I expected to!

The Downside:

For me, there was too much profanity.  Personal preference, just don't like it.  Yeah, yeah, realistic, blah, blah, whatever, I still don't like it.  Also, I wish there had been some pictures.  Like I said before, I'm not artsy, which also means I'm not that great at visualizing.  I've been loving the pictures in different books lately, and wish some of the art had been included.  Can't really think of anything else!

The romance:

Too sweet!  Full of tension.  Lots of ups and downs and head-smacks and sighs.  Lucy was a tad annoying at times because she was SO obsessed with Shadow, when she'd never met him, but I'm just being picky.  Otherwise, I loved the way that Lucy and Ed were together.  I love how they spent so much time learning each other in one night, that it felt like a much longer time period.  I even said on my goodreads updates, that this was kind of reminding me of 'You've Got Mail' only with graffiti instead of emails.  It was just sweet and complicated, but mostly happy. 

The bottom line:

If you like being happy too, then you should read this book!

Book or Audio:

I'm going to have to go with audio on this one!  You just can't miss out on those Aussie accents!


  • Profanity:  Very Heavy
  • Sexual Content:  Moderate
  • Violence:  Moderate
  • Other Notables:  Illegal Graffiti, Underage drinking

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  1. I really want to read this book. It sounds really great. I like happy books. Great review!

    1. It really was cute!! Let me know what you think!!

  2. Ooh! I wanna read! (I have a feeling Ed might be Shadow but that's just me taking a stab in the dark). It sounds cute! And yes! I completely agree with you on profanity, a book can be totally ruined for me when there's an excess of it. I don't care if it's realistic either, I hate swearing. The only time I can accept profanity is in adult novels, but with YA the less of it the better. The only book where I didn't care much about the swearing was Leaving Paradise (which I will tell you to read until the day I diiieeeee).

    Thanks for the review!! :D

    1. Hahaha, I will try to read Leaving Paradise someday! I swear! :D

  3. You are right, some pictures would have been great (my imaginations is great, yeah, but I stil like to 'see' the things I 'hear' or read talking about)
    I loved this book and I am glad that you liked it too :)

    Happy midnight reading!

    1. I would have LOVED it if there were pictures!! That would have been awesome! :D

  4. Read it!!!!
    Ah! I LOVED IT!!!! It was so funny I laughed and laughed and laughed! There wasn't enough swearing to ruin it for me :)
    I loved all the characters, her friends, his friends, the six of them together and all the craziness that came with it. The dialogue between Lucy and Ed was full of wit. I loved how Lucy would "add" things to a scene around her, just draw it there. Very sweet.
    Thanks for the review Andye! It's nice to read a book every now and then that has a character without any special abilities and/or doesn't live in another world. And it's not a trilogy!!! Yay!

    1. YAY!! Yeah, the swearing didn't ruin it for me either. Actually, since I listened to the audio, and they spoke in Aussie accents, it was kind of hilarious. Especially when she kept calling him and ass-grabber. It sounded like Oss-grabber. heehee

      YAYAYAYAYAY! And Yay for no trilogy!!!

  5. Just had to add my 2cents to this review because I L0VED this book soooo much, even with the profanity. And you're right, some of it was just funny, like after her elbow crashes into his nose! It made me laugh, get a little misty and just feel good. LOVED IT! Thanks for sharing!!


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