Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield

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Darcy Patel is living every young writer's dream. Having just graduated high school, she had managed to secure a publishing deal for her own YA novel. Between moving to New York City, meeting famous authors, and falling in love, Darcy has a lot going on in her life. And that's not even including that she hasn't finished her book edits or even started her sequel… Intertwined with Darcy's story is the story of Lizzie Scofield, the main character of Darcy's novel Afterworlds. A supernatural romance with Hindu beliefs, death cults, ghosts, and more, Lizzie's story unfolds side-by-side with Darcy's struggle to write it. Darcy gets involved with a fellow writer, Imogen Grey, in a relationship, bringing up the idea of asexual, though the term isn't actually used. Darcy is going through her first relationship and the way it happens, it is clear she is on the spectrum, though very much romantically attracted. As she herself says, she isn't straight, she isn't gay, she's "Imogen-sexual". Also, it is likely that Darcy's sister is also ace and potentially aro, as revealed in their conversations together. A gripping read, it's an absolute rollercoaster of emotions and really relatable to anyone who loves writing and is potentially asexual.

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