Marshfield Senior Recommends Teens Read New Novel About Addiction

Written by Sophia Coggeshall, Marshfield, Massachusetts

From reading Gripped Part 2: Blindsided by Stacy A. Padula, kids can learn how one seemingly harmless decision can lead to a series of drastic, uncontrollable consequences. Not only does the book reveal the dangerous, addictive effects that drugs have on teenagers, but it also reveals how drugs can cause both relationship and mental health problems as many of the characters in the novel become distant with their friends and family and suffer from extreme anxiety as a result of the drugs they have become entangled in. Hopefully, by reading this book, kids will learn how important each and every small decision they make is on the long-term events of their lives.

I think Gripped Part 2 should be read by kids in middle school and high school because there are currently no books that truly address the consequences that drugs have on adolescents like that of Gripped, and without being well informed of the effects that drugs can have on their lives, today’s adolescents are increasingly more likely to willingly condone drug use. It is a must that teenagers read this book to see how normal, young kids like themselves can have their lives completely altered from just one decision. By reading this book, teenagers can be better prepared to make the right decision when faced with tempting situations regarding drug use and sexual activity. 

About Sophia Coggeshall

Sophia is a senior at Marshfield High School in Marshfield, Massachusetts. She is a competitive Irish Step dancer who has competed several times at the Regional, National, and World Championships, and she also plays on the Varsity Field Hockey team for her high school. With a great passion for math and science in the classroom, she looks forward to studying engineering in college.

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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.