The Main Idea: This book is a beautifully written and thought-provoking contemporary that is well worth the read.
I was so excited when I was accepted for this book on Netgalley. I had heard nothing but good things. This book is a contemporary set in Australia that takes place over a 24 hour period. It is told in multiple point of views, but normally focuses on two main characters (Lucy and Ed). Lucy is a glass blower and is obsessed with finding out who “Shadow” is. All she knows is that Shadow makes great works of graffiti art all over the city with his sidekick, Poet (Leo), who writes “social commentaries” on or around Shadow’s work. Ed, who is Shadow (you find this out at the very beginning of the book… no spoilers!), is trying to get over his boss dying, losing his job, and dropping out of school.
The book focuses on one night where Lucy and her two friends (Jazz and Daisy) spend the night hanging out with Ed, Leo, and Dylan (Daisy’s boyfriend). The night focuses on Lucy and Ed’s adventures. Lucy wants to find out who Shadow is, and Ed volunteers to help her out.
I think for me, 24 hour books are hard. I feel like I don’t get to know the characters well enough. It makes it harder for me to believe whatever love story is happening. However, even with that being somewhat difficult for me- I still loved Lucy and Ed. You could tell from the beginning they were perfect for eachother.
Their antics are funny, they have good chemistry, and their mutual love of art is beautiful. I really enjoyed this quick contemporary. I thought it was a beautiful work.