By Cath Crowley
Feb. 14, 2012
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 272 pages
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.
— Amazon.com description
Sure, I’ve read a lot of unputdownable books this year. But I haven’t stayed up ALL NIGHT LONG to read one in years. Yet, there I was on a work night, tucked away in blankets and lights dimmed, reading reading reading Graffiti Moon on my couch while my husband slept. The thought of separating myself from these characters and Cath Crowley’s words until I finished was just incomprehensible.
So I stayed up all night. And I read it all. And somewhere along the way, my heart imploded.
I have very few words to describe this romance, this author’s beautiful writing and how it made me feel. Just. No words.
“I stand behind her, watching her watching my work. I feel like I’m shedding my skin, feel like if she turns she’ll see a skeleton man behind her and then she’ll know.”
I mean…GAH. Swoon. Faint. Bring me some smelling salts.
For a gorgeous, romantic book that will make your heart soar, check it out. But learn from my mistakes, dear friends: Start it early on a Saturday morning when you have no distractions ahead. Trust. Prepare for goosebumps.