Release Date: February 14th, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
This book makes me want to spend my days looking at all kinds of art exhibits, and my nights wandering the city looking for graffiti art. I loved how much this book focuses on art and what it means to different people. I especially liked how it recognized so many different things as being art. I have always liked art and gotten enjoyment out of looking at it, but after reading this I think I have a whole new appreciation.
The story takes place over the course of one day, but nothing feels rushed or artificial about any of it. The two main characters, Lucy and Ed, have a little history between them and it makes for some hilarious moments. There is something about spending time with them in the dark, that makes it feel like you can say almost anything. It's like the darkness will keep the secrets you share. And Cath Crowley wrote the darkness, the secrets and all the moments between these characters beautifully. I like that we know from the
beginning that Ed is Shadow, even though Lucy doesn't have any idea. I also like that we get both of their point of views in the story, along with some of Leo's poetry interspersed. All of the secondary characters were great, too. These were all true friends. There was none of the petty gossip and backstabbing, which was definitely refreshing.
I feel like no matter what I say about this book, I can't do it justice. It is just a really good story, well written and believable. The characters aren't perfect, but you love them all the more for it. None of these characters have things about them to make them unrelatable. They are real people who could be any of our friends. Serious props to the author and bring on more stories. I am truly a fan.