I recently read Bright Side by Kim Holden (2014).
This novel chronicles the short life of Kate Sedgwick (aka, Bright Side). KH does a very nice job of developing the character of Kate, causing us to fall in love with this college student who has a heart as big as the moon and a brain to match. She is the epitome of smart, independent, funny, and resilience. We get to know deeply this amazing young lady, through the monumental challenges she faces, through her friends, and through the love of her life.
Not a book I would be typically drawn to. I cried like a baby at the end.
Thanks for the recommendation, Mom. (Guns, explosions, and intrigue in the next rec please.)