Jennifer O’Sullivan: There’s an Important Message for Teens in “When Darkness Tries to Hide”

When Darkness Tries to Hide by Stacy A. Padula not only shows the positive message that its protagonist, Jason Davids, was able to learn through faith and friendship, but also shows that even in tragedies, we must search for the positive things.

Even though Andy Rosetti was severely injured in an accident and may not wake up from a coma, many of his friends and classmates came together to organize a prayer service to support his family. Another positive aspect of this situation was that Jason began to realize how harmful his lifestyle was and started to consider relying on friends and faith to right his wrongs.

Additionally, two life-long friends—Jason and Chris Dunkin—who had been separated when Jason gravitated towards the party scene were reunited after Andy’s injury, when they realized what was truly important in life. This shows people that regardless of horrible circumstances, there will always be positive aspects to a situation. This is an important message for high schoolers because many teenagers are overwhelmed by schoolwork, sports, friends, relationships, responsibilities at home, and the mood swings of growing up. Oftentimes, high schoolers are so overwhelmed that one small thing goes wrong, and they easily get discouraged or frustrated.

The message of this book reminds us all, especially high schoolers, to count our blessings and try to find the good in every situation.

Montgomery Lake High #2: When Darkness Tries To Hide

A powerful supercell is spawning above Montgomery Lake High School, while a separate storm is brewing in its halls. The question is–which one should Cathy Kagelli, Jason Davids, and their friends fear the most?

About Jennifer O’Sullivan

Jennifer O’Sullivan is a junior at Dover Sherborn High School who enjoys reading, playing the piano, spending time with friends and doing volunteer work. Jennifer leads her school’s community service club, runs on her school’s cross country and track teams and loves to travel, especially to Ireland where she spends time with friends and family.

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Published by Author Stacy A. Padula

Stacy Padula has spent the last 14 years working daily with teenagers as a college counselor, mentor, and life coach. She was named "Top Inspirational Author of the Year" for 2022 by the International Association of Top Professionals (New York, NY). In 2021, she was broadcast on the famous Reuters Building in Times Square as "Empowered Woman of the Year." Her Gripped book series is currently being adapted for TV by Emmy-winning producer Mark Blutman. She is the founder and CEO of Briley & Baxter Publications: a publishing company that donates a portion of its proceeds to animal rescues each month. She has edited and published a variety of titles, including Boston Bruins Anthem Singer Todd Angilly and Rachel Goguen's The Adventures of Owen & the Anthem Singer, LaTonya Pinkard of Netflix's Last Chance U's Nate & His Magic Lion, and former NHL player Norm Beaudin's memoir The Original: Living Life Through Hockey. Stacy resides in Plymouth, Massachusetts with her husband Tim and two miniature dachshunds, Briley and Baxter.