Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

I am a new Rainbow Rowell fangirl. It started with Eleanor and Park, then Attachments, and this one has sealed the deal. I will admit that it took me a little bit to warm up to Cather. She felt too distant for a while, but once things got rolling, I was in love. With Cather, with Levi, with Cather and Wren’s dad, with Simon and with Baz. Rainbow (I’m going to pretend we’re on a first-name basis) has this ability to create lusciously fulfilling nerdy-girl romances, making her nerdy-girl reader feel like: Oh-my-god - this could happen to me too! Seriously, a beautiful shaggy-haired raised-on-a-farm boyfriend who only wants to listen to Cather read her fiction aloud to him? Levi = best dream-boat book-boy. The best YA takes us to the sweet purity of youth (even when it’s messed up and lacks what people like to think of as sweet and pure) and what it means to be figuring so many things out for the first time and all at once. Rainbow, she gets it.