Andrew, a scrawny and thin high school freshman, is determined to get in great physical condition. At home, he is overwhelmed by his strict and motivated single mother, who seems only to care for Andrew's sister Ally. Ally is an athlete and soccer star, who is determined to get into an Ivy League college. Andrew dreams to separate from his mother and her ignorance of his life.
During one of Andrew’s tough workouts in the gym, he is offered an opportunity to become more muscular from Cruz, “a drug dealer biker.” All that Cruz wants in return for this "help" is for Andrew to tutor his 13 year old little sister Maya. When they meet for their first tutoring session, they are attracted each other and sparks fly. Andrew is drawn to Maya's impulsiveness and she is taken by Andrew’s brains and adorable modesty They soon find themselves in the midst of a powerful romance, forced to hold on to each other and try to make it in a world with clashing cultures.
Hanging in the Stars was an amazing book. This book had a great mix of romance and reality. One amazing part of this book was that it accurately depicts teenage situation such as love, peer pressure, parental approval, a clash of cultures, and so much more. One other incredible part of the book is how the characters, Andrew and Maya, were reading Romeo and Juliet in English class and their intense and troubled relationship mirrored the tragic play.
A great feature of this book was the characters. The two main characters really made this book spectacular. Andrew, the shy and scrawny kid, and Maya, the popular, confident, and daring kid, were both so easy to relate to.
Overall, Hanging in the Stars was one of the most amazing books I have ever read. If you are looking for a book with relatable characters, a suspenseful plot, and a bucket load of romance, this book is definitely for you.