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Graffiti Moon Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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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)
One night of art and poetry, humour and longing, anticipation, risk and (maybe) love.See all Product description
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TANGENT WARNING: I had just finished reading four books that all left me feeling a bit blah about reading and what I needed was something to bring me out of it. As I finished the last page, not only had it brought me out of the haze, it also sent me racing to the Roomie saying "You have to read this book. Please." The next thing I did was stay up for three hours writing. That is how much Graffiti Moon inspired me. I got four hours sleep and went to work the next with a shirt on inside out and blurry eyes. So. Worth. It.
Ed and Lucy are absolutely perfect for each other but what makes it hilarious is that they already showed an interest in each other previously!
Their little war of the words had me rolling about laughing, during the "bike scene" I genuinely had to take a ten minute break from the hilarity to pull myself together! Seriously, they are my new favourite couple in my new favourite book.
From the get-go, you learn that Ed and his best friend, Leo, haven't been dealt the best hand in life. So they do what a lot of us do, they choose to escape through art.
This is the point where I put my hand on my heart and say that I genuinely didn't give much thought to the meaning of paintings and poetry (unless it was blatantly obvious). Now? My eyes have been opened to the raw emotion that goes into every stroke of the brush and syllable.
I could write a review that would eventually turn into a full manuscript and it wouldn't even begin to do Graffiti Moon justice.
What irked: That I need to buy new index stickers because of the quotes I marked.
Recommended to: Every single one of you. I can't be any more honest than that. It's a given that I rate this book....***5 Stars - My mind is in bits on the floor, that is how good this book is!***
From the first chapter, the author instantly captures the essence of each character, so that you knew just how you felt for them straight away. As soon as Ed and Lucy met, you were desperate for them to be a couple and cursing as you realised they were keeping secrets from each other, each too frightened to admit the truth. They both came across as fledgling birds, who had fallen badly on their first flight, and you watch anxiously as they take those tentative steps to allow them to fly successfully for the first time.
This book felt like it had an underlying moral. Don't be afraid of who you are - embrace your inadequacies and problems, in order to move past them and succeed.
There is a strong feeling and gushing love for art in this book, as each character expresses their feelings in different artistic forms. Lucy explores how she feels through glass; her portfolio, The Fleet of Memory is something I really want to see as it sounded so beautiful as she expressed her past memories within hand blown glass boats. Ed explored his artistic nature through paintings on the wall, which sounded so much more than graffiti. Leo's artistic flow came via poetry and the poems represented in the book had me reaching for my pen and pad. This book shows that art can be represented in every aspect of life to make it beautiful.
Cath Crowley has successfully managed to capture that feeling of being a teenager on the brink of a bright and unknown future. The picture is blank, you future is not set and a world of opportunities lay at your feet. Where you feel that nothing is impossible; you almost believe you can fly. I wish you could bottle that feeling and sell it to the older generations who have forgotten that life is supposed to be that magical.
I could see this book as a film, it reminded me of a mixture of the Nora Ephron classics such as 'You've Got Mail' and 'Sleepless in Seattle' and the John Hughes Bratpack films. The growth of the main character's friendship through to romance is jam packed with heartfelt emotion. I can honestly see why this book has captured the world in its hands. Everyone is raving about this book and you should definitely read it to see how wonderful it truly is.
This book is set in Australia and shows the world that the teen angst issues and problems are universal. It was so refreshing to read an Australian author like Cath Crowley and really hope to read more of her books.
A truly beautiful modern tale, that makes you wish you could be a teenager all over again.