Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
18-year-old Darcy Patel thought it would be fun to write a novel during NaNoWriMo (like so many of us do), but when her novel is accepted for publication, she is thrust into a whole new world. She postpones college for a year (or more...) and moves to New York to finish the final draft of her novel. There, she makes friends with a group of young YA authors (one who is almost definitely based on John Green).
Lizzie is the only survivor of a terrorist attack... but after the attack she finds that she can communicate with the dead -- both with ghost of a young girl who lives in her house, and with a hot, immortal death god.
Lizzie is the protagonist of Darcy's novel.
Told in alternating chapters, Afterworlds is half realistic novel about the publishing industry and half paranormal romance. Westerfeld's writing keeps this 600 page moving along quickly, and readers of both genres will find this one hard to put down.
Readers who enjoy Afterworlds should definitely check out Westerfeld's earlier works, especially the Uglies series, along with the novels of his wife, Justine Larbalestier, and their writer friends Libba Bray and Maureen Johnson.
Finally -- check out this video of Westfeld's fellow YA authors, telling you why you should NOT read Afterworlds.