Written by Joanna Dakoyannis, Dover, MA
While the subjects covered in Gripped Part 3: The Fallout by Stacy A. Padula are extremely sensitive and include drug use, alcohol, and sex, it is important for teens to read this book to educate themselves. The book provides teens with an interesting narrative while showing them the dangers of experimenting with drugs and alcohol. The story exemplifies how even just trying something once or twice can have disastrous consequences and change your life forever. Although the book demonstrates the dark side of drug use, it also shows that through the help of family/friends and faith in God, it is possible to turn your life around.
The story follows the lives of several teens. Each character has their own issues and deals with them differently. Many of the characters begin using drugs to deal with anxiety around relationships with family or friends. Others use Adderall to do better in school. Some of the characters then use drugs to counteract the effects of other drugs, digging themselves deeper and deeper into their addiction. What the book ultimately teaches the reader is that using drugs does not solve your problems, but will, in fact, only mask the issues and make them worse. Addressing problems is the only way to solve them.
Adults can also benefit from reading Gripped Part 3: The Fallout by learning what types of behaviors are common among teens today. With many different drugs available today, this book can be a valuable lesson for adults, specifically parents of teens. By learning about teen behaviors and signs of drug use as described in the book, parents can be that much more aware of what is happening in their own teens’ lives.
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Other Articles by Joanna
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New Young Adult Book Takes a Startling Look at Mounting Social Pressures Amongst Teens
New Fiction Book Series Takes a Compelling Look at Teenage Substance Abuse in Massachusetts
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July’s Q&A with Joanna Dakoyannis on The Aftermath by Stacy Padula
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