New Y.A. Fiction Book Takes a Sobering Look at Teenage Substance Abuse

Joanna Dakoyannis recently graduated from Dover-Sherborn High School and plans to attend Providence College this fall. She enjoys creative writing, traveling, going to the gym, running track for her high school team and loves cheering on the team at school sporting events. She plans to be a science major in college and hopes to eventually attend dental school.

Written by Joanna Dakoyannis, Dover, MA

Gripped Part 3: The Fallout, by Stacy A. Padula, takes a sobering look at how teen drug use can be a destructive force in their lives. Throughout the story, we see the teens make bad choices that lead to other harmful behaviors. Jason and Cathy, two of the main characters in the story, continually use prescription drugs in an attempt to solve other problems in their lives. The drugs not only fail to solve their problems, but ultimately end up causing them even more turmoil.

After digging themselves deeper and deeper into their addictions and damaging behaviors, many of the characters, through the help of family and friends see that drugs are not the solution. By the end of the story we begin to see a turn around in Jason, Chris, Cathy, Jordan, and Taylor. They vow to surround themselves with the right friends and escape the disastrous life of drug use. The story, although controversial in its discussion of the rampant drug use among teens, is a must read for almost anyone in today’s society. Gripped 3: The Fallout is a five star read that shows teens it is never too late to turn your life around.

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.

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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.