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.