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.
I don't read very much YA contemporary books. I keep seeing books in this genre that require much drama and not much substance. Now, I know that isn't all that is there in this particular genre, but I've seen enough of it to make me not crave these types of books. However, some of the aussie bloggers I've been reading gave such glowing reviews of this book I knew I had to read it and jumped at the chance when I learned it was going to be published in the US. I must tell you now, I was not disappointed.
The story lines of Shadow, Lucy, Poet, Jazz, Dylan and Daisy captured me. It's mostly about kids bumbling around making mistakes and growing from those mistakes. Learning who they are and what they really want. Things that adults rarely do within a lifetime. Now even though this held my interest it was not because of what was going on and the small adventures they have during one fateful night. What held me at rapt attention was the writing within this book. The writing was visual. It was lyrical. It was magic. Yes, all high praise, but you rarely come across a book that is written this way. When I do, I take notice.
I give this book 5 stars. It is one I know I'll be reading again. I personally loved the visual language Cath Crowley used to tell this story. If you are looking for a contemporary YA, do try this one. You might be surprised of the writing within.
I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher and no compensation for my review was given.
The vid is in Italian. I guess they didn't make one in english yet. :)