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.