I know everybody knows about this book, but just in case you don't. Just in case.
Mary read this book for the first time last week, and she absolutely loved it. She loved the choices made by the main character at the end. She grew from reading it. I just love this book, and Mary couldn't put it down.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (author of 101 Dalmations!)
I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle's walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has "captured the castle"--and the heart of the reader--in one of literature's most enchanting entertainments.