Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Lucy Dervish is chasing shadows.

Or, to be more specific, she is chasing the Shadow. His graffiti covers the city, transforming dingy walls into beautiful landscapes. He is the real deal: an artist who creates the world with his spray can. He is a poet who writes in images. He is beautiful and perfect. He is the boy of Lucy’s dreams.

There is one tiny problem though: Lucy has never met Shadow. She plans to change that tonight.

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowly takes the reader through an unforgettable night of adventure, poetry, humor, and romance. Told through alternating narration, Crowly lets the reader discover two incredibly unique, endearing, and witty characters. Their dialogue ranges from hysterical to downright poetic, and the reader hangs on their every word. It is also particularly refreshing to see two characters who are not only intelligent, but have a shared passion in art.

In many ways, art is the main character of Graffiti Moon. From the descriptions of Shadow’s work to personal experiences (like being burned by a blowtorch while glassblowing), art is everywhere within the story. Thus, the novel asserts that art is everywhere in life. A piece does not need to be in a museum to be beautiful. It can be anywhere, at any moment—as long as you take the time to look.

In many ways, the pure artistry of Graffiti Moon is not in the words on the page. It is in the way those words create an entirely new, courageous, and beautiful landscape. These creations pull you in and make you feel something words could never describe. Just like art.


Victoria Testa lives in New York City but is a beach bum at heart. When not writing or reading, she can be found surfing, swimming, and singing!

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