New Teen Novel Sparks Important Conversations Between Friends, Parents, and Children

Written by Elizabeth Harvey, Emerson College

Gripped Part 3: The Fallout is the fascinating third installment in the Gripped series, which features the young characters’ personal and group development throughout the summer before their first year of high school. This book picks up where Blindsided ended and expands on the subject of drug and alcohol use. As with the other Gripped books, both adults and younger readers will thoroughly enjoy this story and learn from the realistic depiction of the struggles that high school students face. Hopefully, this will spark essential conversations between friends, parents, and children. 

One of my favorite aspects of The Fallout, in particular, is that the story not only paints a vivid picture of young adults making decisions regarding drugs and alcohol, but also shows the aftermath of their choices. Readers can learn from the uncensored version of the various consequences of “having a good time” and the ways substances affect not only someone’s behavior but their overall personality and crucial relationships. 


Eighteen-year-old Marc Dunkin has received word from a detective that his oldest brother Taylor is a person of interest in a highly confidential case headed by the Boston Police Department. They know Taylor’s clean; they know he wants out of the game; and they want to help make that happen. However, their “help” will come at a cost—one that may put Taylor and his entire family in grave danger.

Twenty-three-year-old Taylor Dunkin is trying to get his life back in order after an opiate addiction wreaked havoc on his once promising athletic future. Getting clean was a difficult feat, but breaking free from the Bilotti crime ring will present an even greater challenge.

Gripped Part 3: The Fallout

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About Elizabeth Harvey

Elizabeth first interned for Stacy Padula during the 2016-2017 school year. We are delighted to have her back as part of our team. Elizabeth attended Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications for one year before moving back to Boston and taking courses at Northeastern University. In the fall, she plans to attend Emerson College, as a communications major with a focus on public relations. She is originally from Needham, Massachusetts. Elizabeth enjoys creative writing and has a passion for traveling which she has pursued since high school. She looks forward to continuing her work on the Gripped book series!

Latest Articles by Elizabeth:

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“Gripped” by Stacy Padula is a Book All Middle School & High School Students Will Enjoy Reading

The Spiritual Battle in The Aftermath

A Teen’s Take on the MLH Characters

Spiritual Warfare in The Forces Within

A Teen’s Review of The Forces Within by Stacy Padula

A Teenager’s Review of The Aftermath

A Close Look at the Characters in Gripped Part 2: Blindsided

A Controversial but Worthwhile Read for All Young Adults

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.