“Gripped” Relationships: Luke, Matt, & Jason Davids

We continue our character relationship series with Luke, Matt, and Jason Davids. Matt, the oldest, has his work cut out for him when it comes to looking out for his younger brothers. He frequently takes on the role of a mentor to Jason, whose emotions often cloud his judgement. To Luke, Matt is a true friend, sometimes to his own detriment. Although Matt is highly self disciplined, he extends a lot of grace to his brothers, who both have a thirst for adventure and a knack for getting into trouble, despite their good intentions. Matt can always be counted on for an honest word and wise advice.

Jason, the youngest, is a protagonist in multiple Gripped and MLH books. In both series, Jason reaps many social benefits from being Matt and Luke’s younger brother. In fact, he prides himself on it because Matt and Luke are so popular. They both invest time in trying to help Jason sort out his problems, but their approaches are so different that they end up unwittingly working against each other at times. Jason is the “favorite” or “golden” child in their family because of the high value his parents place on his academic achievements. Matt and Luke show no resentment. Jason is also confident and charismatic, so he can charm anyone into looking past his flaws and adoring him.

Luke, the middle child, has strong friendships with both of his brothers, even though they both pick him apart at times. Luke’s need to please others gets him into questionable situations that Matt struggles to reconcile with, but he knows Luke well enough not to worry too much about him. Jason, on the other hand, has no problem taking advantage of Luke’s people-pleasing tendencies. He depends on Luke in more ways than he’d like to admit. Overall, Luke is the one Jason and Matt can both count on to be optimistic, kind, and supportive.

The Davids brothers differ greatly in personality, but they’re close as siblings and as friends. As the Gripped book series progresses, you’ll learn more and more about Matt, Jason, Luke, and their friends. 

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.