“Let me make it in time. Let me meet Shadow. The guy who paints in the dark. Paints birds trapped on brick walls and people lost in ghost forests. Paints guys with grass growing from their hearts and girls with buzzing lawn mowers.”
It’s the end of Year 12. Lucy’s looking for Shadow, the graffiti artist everyone talks about.
His work is all over the city, but he is nowhere.
Ed, the last guy she wants to see at the moment, says he knows where to find him. He takes Lucy on an all-night search to places where Shadow’s thoughts about heartbreak and escape echo around the city walls.
We only get to spend one night with Lucy and Ed in this book. But it’s worth it. It’s 264 pages full of “worth it”. Lucy and Ed are both well-drawn, well-developed, complex characters who I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know. I loved learning their hopes and fears, strengths and weaknesses, loved hearing their love for the arts. Through Cath Crowley’s writing, I really do wish I could see Shadow’s graffiti, to stare at his birds, sky, flowers, all of it, for hours.
This is true poetic writing. The way Cath Crowley writes is beautiful, and after reading this book you can’t help but have this bittersweet feeling inside. Somehow, Crowley says more in one sentence than most people are able to say in twenty. She also has an excellent sense of humor and I found myself crying with laughter over some of her passages.
I loved the well-working chemistry between the five main characters. They all provided something nice for the story. Daisy and Dylan were outright adorable, Leo and Jazz provided just the right amount of conflict, and Lucy and Ed were the heart. I loved all of them so much at the end, even though I didn’t like Lucy at first. Even so, I didn’t really like the beginning of this book. It was a little confusing to me, and I didn’t like some of the episodes in this book as well. That’s the only reason why it’s four stars. It didn’t have the charisma, even though it did have enough magic. So this book would really be 4.5 stars instead of four. Loved it. Would highly recommend for a summer read. Really light and fast book.
(Plus, gotta love the covers).
pg count for the paperback: 264