The Benefits of Reading Uncensored Y.A. Novels like “Gripped 2: Blindsided”

Mackenzie Wells

By Mackenzie Wells, Athens, GA

Most books or T.V. series with a target audience of young teenagers pull back from showing the complete picture of teenage drug use and sexual activity. However, living life without knowing the complete picture and without an understanding of the repercussions can lead to very dangerous decisions. Life does not pull punches like the censored books available in school libraries. Therefore, reading uncensored books such as those in Stacy Padula’s Gripped book series gives students a more realistic view of the world in which they live. The drug use and sexual content in “Gripped 2: Blindsided” by Stacy Padula will surely get it banned from schools, but the topics are too relevant in teenage culture to be ignored.

This book shows a lot of slippery slopes and the consequences of slipping—even for “good kids.” Taylor’s knee surgery causes him to start abusing drugs, as Cathy’s anxiety does for her. Chris’s behavior goes from dangerous to near-deadly while he deals with feelings of abandonment from his parents.

While this book is a cautionary tale for young adults, it is also a humanizing story of those who have fallen into bad habits. The characters never set out with any intention of becoming addicted or hurting others, but the mind-altering influences of drugs and alcohol change them along the way.

About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a recent graduate from the University of Georiga who has degrees in English and Public Relations. She has always adored talking about books, and she loves the opportunity to help others bring their books to life. She is an avid reader (obviously), a dog lover, and a tea enthusiast.

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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.