About Pat

Pat G Sassone

Pat Gallagher Sassone (pat@patgsassone.com), a New York City high school teacher, has known many students who struggle to make life changing choices. She is enchanted with stories in many forms such as poetry, songs, films and tweets. A graduate of Queens College and New York University, this is her first novel.

“I write for young adult readers because I feel a constant connection with my inner child, believing in imagination and the intensity of the joy and sorrow of life’s experiences, many of which are first experienced as a young adult.”

She has created this blog as a place to explore topics covered in her first novel, Hanging in the Stars, while providing links to educational resources and garnering feedback from her young readers as they share their experiences and ideas on first love, domestic abuse, self esteem, and more.


About Hanging in the Stars:

Hanging in the StarsAndrew, a skinny ninth-grader, is determined to kick his own butt into shape. At home he is dominated by an ambitious, no nonsense single mother. She is focused on her daughter, Ally, a scholar athlete in soccer, who is competing to get into an Ivy League college. Andrew longs to break away from his mother’s constant micromanagement of his life.

During a workout at the gym, Andrew seizes an opportunity to toughen up when he accepts an offer from Cruz, a muscular drug dealing biker. Cruz offers to help Andrew get in shape if he will tutor Maya, Cruz’s thirteen year old sister. When Andrew and Maya meet in the park to work on a Romeo and Juliet assignment, they are drawn to each other. He is attracted to the spontaneous, sexy, dark eyed beauty, while she is infatuated by Andrew’s intelligence and his cute, unassuming goodness.

To find themselves, and hold on to each other, Andrew and Maya must struggle to survive in a violent world with contrasting cultures.