2013 is coming to an end. One of the best young adult books I've read this year is Fangirl. Penned by Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor and Park (which is also a must-read, by the way), this novel strikes close to the heart.
Cath Avery is a socially passive girl who writes Simon Snow (think Harry Potter) fan fiction with a massive following over the net. But when she reluctantly leaves the comfort of her home and enter college with her more adventurous, outgoing twin, things start to change. Suddenly she's being forced outside her fantasy world of dragons, vampires, and witchcraft and face, well...real life. This time, it's up to Cath whether she wants to see and create some magic of her own. With or without laptop in hand.
This is a really nice, cozy read. I've read it twice (No other book in between) because that's how much I love it. It's about family and sticking to them no matter what. It's about opening one's self and falling in love. It's about pursuits of passion and finding one's voice. Rowell's writing is easy, steady yet thoughtful, nostalgic, and just overall beautiful.
Consider me a huge fan. :)