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A wonderful cast here of smart,artistic and romantic young people...a pacy and action-packed read...The real selling point his Crowley's fabulously lyrical prose, which is an absolute pleasure to read The Bookbag A sort of teenage Midsummer Night's Dream of magic, romance and transformation Financial Times A rare gem of a book -- I actually stopped reading it to make it last longer The School Librarian This is a heart-stopping romantic adventure, singing with a love of art and language. Judges' comments, 2011 Prime Minister's Literary Awards Crowley celebrates friendship, curiosity, and intellectual pursuits and writes funny, sophisticated books that zing with wit and energy... Anges Nieuwenhuizen, Magpies Volume Twenty-five Graffiti Moon is so beautifully crafted that the shift between points of view is virtually seamless. Poet's free verse contributions are rather like the tense pauses in great music -- a place for readers to hold their breath and wait, skin tingling with anticipation, for the change in pace, pitch and rhythm. NSW Association for Gifted and Talented Children Teenage Midsummer Night's Dream of magic, romance and transformation. Financial Times A pacy and action-packed read. The real selling point is Crowley's fabulously lyrical prose, which is an absolute pleasure to read. Bookbag A rare gem of a book. I actually stopped reading it to make it last longer! Funny and romantic; the realistic dialogue is one of the novel's many strengths. The novel is like a breath of fresh air; witty, funny, intelligent and the story told by a light but assured hand. Sensitive and utterly realistic of how young people live, it is an absolute must for libraries. School Librarian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Cath Crowley grew up in a small town in rural Victoria, Australia. She studied professional writing and editing at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and works as both a freelance writer and a part-time teacher in Melbourne. She is also the author of A Little Wanting Song on the Knopf list. Visit her at CathCrowley.com.au.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375869530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375869532
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Penni on June 17, 2011
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Dear Me of Two Weeks Ago,
Reasons why you will like this book:
Everything happens in the space of one night. Remember when nights had territories? When darkness seethed with possibility? When you could fall in love in the course of a single night and change your life as well? Though it will take you a few days to read it, as long as your characters dwell in that single night, so will a part of you, from first page till last.
In the world of this book art matters, love matters, poetry matters, and it reminds you of being sixteen when you did think about how art collided with life, when you knew how to look at a wall.
This book has its own beating heart. The characters are at least as real as you are. Probably a little realler if truth be told.
I really think you ought to read this book.
Love Me Who Has Read This Book
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kimberly on September 4, 2011
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I purchased this book after seeing the author speak at the Melbourne Writers Festival. Being almost 40, I wondered if I would enjoy it, but her expressed love of words made me curious. I'm SO glad I did - I completely LOVED this beautifully written book. The story is not just one for young people - the themes I found of hiding one's true self, dreams, the need to have someone to believe in you, love of art - are universal. So I'd recommend it for any age if you have a love of words, but also love a great story. I finished it in a day and am now feeling sorry to have rushed it. It's one I'll be re-reading and recommending.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 20, 2012
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"I guess love's kind of like a marshmallow in a microwave on high. After it explodes it's still a marshmallow. but, you know, now it's a complicated marshmallow." (quote from the book)

Graffiti Moon does not need introducing, nor does it really need another raving review. There are plenty of those already out there. Even if you're living under a rock, or on Mars, or you're completely against technology and Internet - I still think you must have at least heard about this book by now. It's been on everyone's lips ever since it first popped up on netGalley, readers were gushing about it, it's been hyped up to the Moon and back, and it literally took over the blogosphere for a while. I'm fairly certain most of us are still reeling from it. So, no, Graffiti Moon does not need introducing, but I simply can't host a Contemporary Fiction Month without featuring this brilliant, spellbinding and completely magical love story, in a similar way that I wouldn't be able to make a tuna sandwich without, well, tuna. This book is a fantastic addition to the genre, and if - for whatever reason - you haven't read it yet, you need to realize one thing: You're missing out on something extraordinary.

"Every time he looked at me I felt like I'd touched my tongue to the tip of a battery. In art class I'd watch him lean back and listen and I was nothing but zing and tingle. After a while, the tingle turned to electricity, and when he asked me out my whole body amped to a level where technically I should have been dead. I had nothing in common with a sheddy like him, but a girl doesn't think straight when she's that close to electrocution.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Taylor sharpe on April 15, 2014
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These characters are to die for. I love the dialogue between all of them because they are all so interesting. They are all so diverse yet I see myself in all of them. They are still completely relate able Ugh I wish that it was longer because I couldn't get enough of this beautiful writing. I highlighted so many phrases that I admired. This book is by far and forever will be one of my favorites.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Polished Readers on October 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
In Graffiti Moon, Lucy is an artist, but above all, she is a fan of art. Not just any art, Shadow's art. Shadow is an elusive graffiti artist that inspires Lucy's hopes and dreams. She feels a deep connection with Shadow's art, more than she's ever connected to anything else. To Lucy, and to me, Shadow's art represents emotions that are purged through dreams. With the help of her friends, Lucy has a chance to find Shadow. And as a result, she will find something more than she ever expected.
5 stars on Polished Readers - also includes an inspired manicure

Lucy isn't a typical young adult female heroine. There was something about her, her tenacity, and the attitude of never giving up. I didn't understand her at first, but as the words were read, and as the pages were turned, I fell in love with her. Lucy is intelligent and definitely artistic. Lucy is witty, and feisty, and most of all, down to earth. She was someone that I would have loved to know in real life. Lucy had a passion, and Crowley chose the write words to make that passion come alive.

I fell in love with the boy named Shadow. I fell in love with how much pain he felt, and how he translated that pain with the one thing that kept him alive. His quick wit was a perfect match to Lucy's intelligence. Shadow took his misfortunes and turned them into something much more beautiful than he gives himself credit for. It was so easy to fall in love with him. Crowley did such a fantastic job building his character and different levels of persona. To Shadow, he couldn't be himself, he had to be perfect, but I think Lucy proves him otherwise.

Crowley's characters are well balanced with each other. There is a spectrum of personalities, like the colors described in Graffiti Moon.
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