Friday, December 9, 2011

Graffiti Moon

Title: Graffiti Moon
Author: Cath Crowley
Genre: Contemporary, Family, Australian
Published: 2010
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Lucy is in love with Shadow, a mysterious graffiti artist.
Ed thought he was in love with Lucy, until she broke his nose.
Dylan loves Daisy, but throwing eggs at her probably wasn't the best way to show it.
Jazz and Leo are slowly encircling each other.
An intense and exhilarating 24 hours in the lives of four teenagers on the verge: of adulthood, of HSC*, of finding out just who they are, and who they want to be.
From Pan Macmillan Australia
*Note by the blogger: In Victoria (the state where the novel takes place), students complete VCE, not HSC. Factual error by publishers... awkward :/

Graffiti Moon is written from alternating points of views. So although Crowley has written all views, she's successful in creating a different voice for Lucy, and a different voice for Ed. There was also some poet by 'Poet', a street artist who works with Shadow appearing within the book. These were relevant pieces but also provided a nice break from the alternating views of Lucy and Ed. It was a bit surprising that the novel's setting takes place in one night.But I think this adds to the intensity of emotions felt and reckless actions by teenagers who have finished high school but still need to sit their exams (a kind of limbo one could say). Therefore, in my opinion, the 'teenage spirit' is depicted well in this novel.

I really enjoyed the fact that this novel is set in Melbourne and how graffiti isn't portrayed as tags on train carriages, but as proper art. This being said, Shadow's 'graffiti' is called street art, and not graffiti! Regardless, being a big fan of street art, I was also quite happy with the Ghostpatrol reference (look up his work people, trust me, it's wonderful).

1 comment:

The Chicken can see you >_>