By Cath Crowly
Available February 2012
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 Blonde’s Review:
Lucy is determined to find Shadow, a guy she is certain she could love based on nothing more than the graffiti he leaves around town. Ed is a guy who feels like he’s going nowhere and has no options. When they are thrown together for the night thanks to their friends they find themselves paired up against their will. After a disastrous date that ended with a broken nose and embarrassment for both of them, they’re not big fans of each other.
As the topic of Shadow and his partner Poet come up the girls decide that finding the graffiti artists that night is something Lucy is eager to do. Ed is less enthusiastic but goes along for the ride since he has plans with his friends for later that night. As they spend time together Lucy shares her impressions of Shadow and her love for his art with Ed. Lucy is unaware that Ed is Shadow and she is sharing everything with the guy they’re looking for.
This book wasn’t a high energy or high emotion story, yet something about it worked it’s way in. We see from both perspectives and are able to see how one night can shape the way you see things around you and the way you see yourself. I loved the way they were able to see themselves in a new light after a night together, and able to find a new path forward that can make their futures brighter.
This is a story that can sneak up on you. If you enjoy seeing the way one night can change everything and help you see what’s right in front of you, then you’ll like this one.