New Young Adult Book Entertains, Educates, & Engages Teens and Parents

Isabelle Semas

By Isabelle Semas, Massachusetts

The plot of “Gripped Part 3: The Fallout” by Stacy A. Padula handles subjects such as substance abuse and relationship problems, both of which are prevalent in the lives of young adults. This book shows how even those who think they are “experimenting” with drugs can become ensnared in a serious addiction, which can cost them more than they bargained for. Teens must know that when drugs are involved, relationships are strained, dreams are crushed, and lives are ruined.

Many parents don’t know what their teens are exposed to, or they take a “they’ll live and they’ll learn” approach to parenting. “Gripped Part 3” could act as a window for parents to see into the warzone that their children are faced with on a daily basis. After reading this book, adults can help their tweens and teens navigate the temptations that confront them as they begin to mature. 

My investment in the characters’ lives kept me hooked until the last page. After reading Padula’s Montgomery Lake High series, and now Gripped, I enjoy watching the storylines begin to come together. Cathy’s storyline was the most fascinating to me because she is a very complex character. I can’t wait to learn more about her relationship with Marc, and I hope that she will make amends with Chantal.

This book teaches readers (including myself) that there are many reasons why people begin to use drugs. For some, they are prescribed medication and then become addicted to it. Some try to medicate themselves. Others just want to numb their pain or escape from reality for a while.

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.