12/18/2013 AT 08:30 AM EST
PEOPLE's annual Year-End issue looks back at the best and worst of 2013, including tributes to this year's fallen stars like James Gandolfini
, an exclusive interview with President Obama and Michelle, and the best in TV, film and music.
Re-live 2013's shining moments (other than everyone getting tired of twerking
Cue Jennifer Lawrence
, this year's cover girl. She's the star who we wanted to be pals with all year long, starting with her charming topple up to the stage
to accept her Best Actress Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook
to the sassy new sassy new haircut
she debuted while promoting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Who wouldn't love the 23-year-old who had the nerve to photobomb Sarah Jessica Parker
at the Met Gala, while donning Dior and a netted headpiece?
Also making the list of 2013's most intriguing faces:
Pope Francis, the first Pope ever to stand in on a selfie
with fans and said of gays, "Who am I to judge?"
's Robertson family
from Louisiana, who have taken reality TV by storm.
, who revealed in May that she had undergone a double mastectomy
after testing positive for the BRCA1 gene.
, Prince William
, and the newest addition to their royal family, baby Prince George, who was born in July
For the complete list of PEOPLE's most intriguing newsmakers of 2013 – and a round-up of the year's most memorable celebrity weddings, splits and babies – pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday