Michael Farinacci Gives “Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors” a 10 out of 10

Michael Farinacci

By Michael Farinacci, Medfield, Massachusetts, University of Notre Dame

The Gripped book series by Stacy Padula offers great insight for parents and teens into the complex years of high school and college. In the Gripped series many of the characters do “not fit the description of a drug addict at all – except for the doing-drugs-every-day part” which tragically makes the characters more realistic – as many drug addicts don’t fit the stereotypes for drug addiction. Gripped Part 4 is no exception. Part 4 concentrates on the toll drug abuse has on the relationships in one’s life. Many relationships are ruined and strained due to drug addiction in the book, while others are forged by people trying to escape the dangerous grip of drugs.

This book is perfect for teens and their parents as it offers unique perspectives on complex issues that teens face today. Teens and parents can learn from this book as it offers insight into the difficulties one may find navigating through high school or parenting a teen through high school. Overall, Gripped 4 was a fascinating read that leaves so much to be answered in Gripped 5. I would give this book a 10/10 and would encourage all teens and their parents to pick up this book along with the entire Gripped series.

About Michael

A Medfield, Massachusetts native, Michael Farinacci graduated in 2020 from St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, Massachusetts. He was a part of his high school’s newspaper, The Walrus, and multiple athletic teams. He was also an editor for the St. Sebastian’s Journal. In addition to writing, he has a passion for mathematics, which he is currently pursing as a freshman at the University of Notre Dame.

Other Articles by Michael:

A Junior from St. Sebastian’s School Shares His Opinion of “Gripped Part 1” by Stacy A. Padula

Michael Farinacci Reviews Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told

May’s Q&A with Michael Farinacci of St. Sebastian’s School

Looking Ahead to Gripped Part 2 with Michael Farinacci

Michael Farinacci of St. Sebastian School Reviews Gripped Part 2: Blindsided

A Rising Senior’s Take on Stacy Padula New Release Gripped Part 2: Blindsided

An Editorial Review of Stacy Padula’s Soon to be Released Gripped Part 3: The Fallout

New YA Book Educates Teens about Prescription Drug Abuse—Is It Controversial?

Jordan Dunkin, the Black Sheep of Gripped or Not?

New Teen Series Educates Readers About The Root Causes of Substance Abuse

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.