Q&A with Sophia Tufankjian on “The Aftermath” by Stacy Padula

Sophia Tufankjian of Duxbury, Massachusetts read “The Aftermath” by Stacy A. Padula. Below is a series of questions and answers about the book, which is the third installment in Padula’s Montgomery Lake High book series: a teen series that covers social issues faced in high school and middle school.

Q. How has your opinion of Jason changed since reading the first MLH book?

A. My opinion of Jason has changed drastically since reading the first MLH book. From the first book, I saw him as a troubled young teen. I noted that he struggled with addiction and succumbing to the pressures of partying, drinking, and doing drugs. During the aftermath my opinion has changed in a positive way. I now see Jason as someone who is no longer a selfish partier, but someone who thinks about others and is following God. He turns his focus to bettering himself by proving himself to Jessie’s father and focusing on the more important things in life, rather than partying.

Q. Who do you think could benefit from reading this book and why?

A. I believe that anyone, young adult or older, would benefit a lot from reading this book. Specifically, I think that it would be important for a Middle School or High School students to read it. I believe this because this book teaches many lessons about dealing with life in High School and all of the pressures that come from your surrounding peers.

Q. What message does this book send to readers?

A. The message that this book sends to readers is that change is possible. Jason started as a troubled teen that was known for his crazy partying and problems with addiction. Throughout the series, he has grown with the help of God. He has become a better man while trying to prove himself to Jessie’s father in order to keep her in his life.

Montgomery Lake High #3: The Aftermath
At age fifteen, Jason Davids appears to have nearly any worldly thing that promises enjoyment at his disposal. Despite this, there is a persistent emptiness inside his heart. After failing to fill the void with achievements, relationships, and illicit substances, Jason finds himself intrigued by Jessie Robins: the daughter of a local pastor. How is it possible that she stands for everything his lifestyle opposes yet possesses the one thing he has been searching for all along?