Gripped 2: Blindsided – Not Just A Teen Read

Written by Charlie Hallal – Hingham, Massachusetts

The book Gripped, Part Two: Blindsided by Stacy A. Padula is an intriguing story that allows young adult readers to learn about the severity of drug use and the possible impacts it can have on peoples’ lives. It gives readers an in-depth view into the lives of many young adults as they work through the relationships in their everyday lives while facing many challenges along the way. Specifically, one of the younger characters, named Chris, is highlighted throughout the novel as he battles drug issues and tries to stay afloat in his busy day-to-day life. With the support of his close friends, he is able to somewhat straighten himself out and work towards a solution to his problems.

The book is not long at all and never fails to keep the reader entertained as they move through it. Young adults can take many different lessons away from the story. The issues of drug addiction are highlighted to their fullest extent and there is much emphasis on appropriate and inappropriate social behavior surrounding topics like drugs or even very close relationships. I would rate this sequel a 5/5 and would absolutely recommend reading it, regardless of age!

“Invigorating, engaging and a must read. The characters in The Gripped Series diligently tackle the essence of forces that can limit greatness within.” – LaTonya Pinkard of Netflix’s Emmy-winning series “Last Chance U”

Fourteen-year-old Chris Dunkin is known for being the life of the party and everyone’s favorite friend. Despite his amicable nature, he carries around deep-seated pain from his childhood that he frequently numbs with alcohol and drugs.

After hosting a party, Chris awakes with a strange vibe running through his body and no recollection of the previous night. When he learns the horrifying truth of what his night entailed, the trajectory of his life is changed forever.

About Charlie Hallal

Charlie is a rising senior at Hingham High School. Some of his hobbies include wrestling, exercise, spending time with his friends and family, writing, and watching sports. He is looking forward to his senior year as he continues to prepare for college.

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.