YA Fiction Novel Shows the Long-term Effects of Drug Abuse
Written by Emily Han, Easton, MA
The book, Gripped Part 3, by Stacy Padula,is an amazing continuation of her thrilling series. As we continue to learn about the multiple stories that continue to develop with individuals’ drug use. We see characters change their personalities, morals, and relationships, some are unaware of the power of drugs and alcohol, while others recognize it and attempt to change for the better. Gripped Part 3 makes kids aware of longer term effects as the series continues.
We see how easily people can become willing to try hard drugs and things they would have never considered. Characters go from never considering even drinking or smoking, are now doing those and worse with very little hesitation. This book especially touches on peer pressure, from friends, boyfriends, and popularity in general. By reading, teens can learn how to deal with these potentially devastating decisions by reading about how they affect the characters who parallel people they know in their own lives.