Written by Sophia Coggeshall, Marshfield, MA
Gripped Part 3: The Fallout is the third book in Stacy Padula’s Gripped series and is equally important as the first two books for today’s generation of teens and young adults to read. This addition to the captivating series continues the various storylines of characters in Montgomery Lake who have become entangled in a dangerous web of substance abuse. Gripped Part 3 specifically zeroes in on the jeopardization of certain relationships, such as that of Cathy Kagelli and Jason Davids, due to involvement in drugs, as well as the journey of characters, namely Chris and Taylor Dunkin, aimed at transitioning onto a better path after making a series of questionable choices.
Gripped Part 3: The Fallout is a must-read for any middle or high school student in order to better educate themselves on the dangers that come as a result of experimenting with seemingly harmless substances. This third book of the series is especially important for it highlights how and why teens get involved in alcohol and drug usage, something that all adolescents must be aware of as they enter into the chapter of their lives that is full of peer pressure. I would highly recommend this book and give it a five star rating for it not only spreads awareness about such a relevant topic, but it is also a page turner that constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat!
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