Gripped Part 2: Blindsided by Stacy Padula is an absolutely captivating young adult story that follows the lives of a group of Massachusetts teens throughout their middle and high school experience. Dealing with issues of relationships, friendships, drug abuse, and much more, this book is particularly beneficial to those who are entering high school and are looking to learn from a relatively accurate description of some issues they may encounter, as well as how to deal with them. Not only does this book reflect excellent and important morals, it is extremely interesting, and I honestly could not put it down. I would rate this book a 5/5 and strongly recommend it to any young adult.
“What other drugs have you tried?” Lisa asked.
“Weed, mushrooms, ecstasy, mescaline, acid, Adderall, Xanax, Klonopin, and Vicodin, but this one is, by far, the best,” Chris replied without any hesitation.
Lisa widened her eyes. “Wow. You’ve tried a lot of stuff since we broke up.”
Fourteen-year-old Chris Dunkin is known for being the life of the party and everyone’s favorite friend. Despite his amicable nature, he carries around deep-seated pain from his childhood that he frequently numbs with alcohol and drugs.
After hosting a party, Chris wakes up with a strange vibe running through his body and no recollection of the previous night. When he learns the horrifying truth of what his night entailed, the trajectory of his life is changed forever.
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REBECCA RONNING, NEW YORK, NY
AWARDED INTERN OF THE MONTH, MAY 2019
Rebecca is a rising senior at Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, New York. As a city kid, some of her hobbies include riding the subway and exploring the city with friends, making all kinds of art, traveling with her family, and experiencing new and exciting things along the way. She would like to study business in college.