“Gripped” By Stacy Padula: “An Addictive Read”

Joseph Siracusa is currently the president of the senior class at Xaverian Brother’s High School. In his free time, Joseph enjoys graphic designing, playing soccer, watching sports, and learning about many different topics. Joseph plans on studying finance in college, in hopes of pursuing a career in it.

Written by Joseph Siracusa, Braintree, MA

The novel Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told by Stacy A. Padula is definitely an addictive read (no pun intended). The strong bond between the teen and young adult community of Montgomery is unbreakable—that is- until an epidemic floods the influence of these young lives. To go more in-depth, one of my favorite characters in the novel, Jason, grew up with great morals and was overall a very likable character. When drugs entered Jason’s life, he eventually becomes a completely different person than he was a couple of years prior and falls into a very dark place. Luckily, not all of the characters in this novel will fall into substance abuse, and it is their mission to try to revive their friends from the darkness that they are in.

Gripped Part 1 is an easy read for teens and young adults. While the novel is extremely enjoyable to read, the lessons the reader can take away from it are even more important. Don’t be fooled by the genre being fiction because these problems can fall onto any young adult. I rate this book a 5/5 and strongly recommend reading it. I am eager to continue the series where I left off.

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.