New Teen Series Educates Readers About The Root Causes of Substance Abuse

Written by Michael Farinacci of St. Sebastian’s School

Gripped Part 3: The Fallout is yet another great addition to the Gripped book series. The book tackles many complex issues including substance abuse, relationships, and the difficult time that is high school and middle school. The story follows many different storylines, which not only makes the book an interesting read, but also allows for multiple different perspectives. Gripped Part 3 is especially effective at representing the root of substance abuse. Nearly everybody can recognize an addiction; however, this book focuses specifically on the root causes of these issues, which is rarely discussed with kids in the middle to high school age range.

This story is perfect for all teens and their parents. It offers unique perspectives on complex and relevant issues to teens today. Teens and parents alike can learn from The Fallout, and prepare for situations in which they – or their children – may be put in. Overall, Gripped Part 3 is an interesting read, that very effectively continues on the series and sets up Part 4. I easily give this book 5 out of 5 stars and encourage all teens and their parents to start reading the Gripped series by Stacy A. Padula if they have not already.


Michael is a senior at St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, Massachusetts. He is a part of his high school’s newspaper and multiple athletic teams. He has a passion for mathematics, which he plans to pursue in college.

Other Articles by Michael

A Junior from St. Sebastian’s School Shares His Opinion of “Gripped Part 1” by Stacy A. Padula

Michael Farinacci Reviews Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told

May’s Q&A with Michael Farinacci of St. Sebastian’s School

Looking Ahead to Gripped Part 2 with Michael Farinacci

Michael Farinacci of St. Sebastian School Reviews Gripped Part 2: Blindsided

A Rising Senior’s Take on Stacy Padula New Release Gripped Part 2: Blindsided

An Editorial Review of Stacy Padula’s Soon to be Released Gripped Part 3: The Fallout

New YA Book Educates Teens about Prescription Drug Abuse—Is It Controversial?

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.