Isabelle Semas Reviews Gripped Part 2: Blindsided

Isabelle Semas

By Isabelle Semas, Massachusetts

Gripped Part 2: Blindsided by Stacy A. Padula will have you captivated from cover to cover.  The book picks up where Part 1 left off, with Taylor Dunkin trying to pull his life together after a hard struggle with substance abuse.  Meanwhile, we learn more about Chris Dunkin’s past and personal struggles.

This novel displays exactly how drugs hold captive young people in our society.  Whether it’s peer pressure, a need to numb physical or mental pain, or want of pleasure, substance abuse can easily ensnare even the “nicest” kids.  Stacy Padula’s novel will not only interest you, but it also demonstrates the downfalls of experimenting with drugs.

About Isabelle

Isabelle Semas is in her senior year of high school, and has been homeschooled most of her life.  She looks forward to graduating next year and hopes to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education.  In her spare time, she sings in a christian band named NHB with her friends, is very involved in her church’s children’s ministry, and enjoys art.  She hopes to someday publish a book of her own.

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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.