Jennifer O’Sullivan Recommends “Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors” by Stacy Padula

Jennifer O’Sullivan

By Jennifer O’Sullivan, Dover, Massachusetts & Boston College

I would highly recommend Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors by Stacy Padula to any young adults in middle or high school because of the great lessons it can teach to impressionable kids, but also parents whose children may be about to enter this life stage. This book is an accurate representation of high school life, including very similar situations to ones I’ve personally seen throughout high school. Gripped 4 touches on everything from complicated relationships and friendships to the ever evolving party scene.

Not only is this book accurate, but it teaches hard to learn yet important lessons about substance use and abuse and how seemingly harmless actions can change everything. This book is very helpful in this sense and can also help to facilitate conversation between parents and young adults or amongst teens themselves. This book paints an accurate picture of what the pressures of high school that surround you feel like, which can both prepare teens for what’s to come and inform parents. Informed parents can then have educational and supportive conversations with their children and also better understand what their child may be going through so that they can offer their help.

About Jennifer

Jennifer O’Sullivan, graduated from Dover Sherborn High School in 2020. She enjoys reading, playing the piano, spending time with friends and doing volunteer work. Jennifer led her school’s community service club and ran on her school’s cross country and track teams. She also loves to travel—especially to Ireland where she spends time with friends and family. Jennifer also runs and operates her own childcare company in the metro west of Massachusetts. Currently, she is attending Boston College to pursue her career goal of becoming a physician.

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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.