Written by Sophia Coggeshall, South Bend, Indiana
“Gripped Part 5: Taylor’s Story” by Stacy Padula is a must read that will constantly keep you at the edge of your seat! The action-packed addition to the Gripped Series simultaneously focuses in on two main storylines: Taylor Dunkin’s conflict in getting out of a dangerous crime ring and the search for Missy Kent who abruptly vanishes out of everyone’s sight at a nightclub.
The Gripped Series as a whole is a perfect read for anyone interested in understanding the effects and consequences of substance abuse. It is truly an essential read for young adults to educate themselves on the dangers of peer pressure and addiction so that they know what to do and how to act if ever put in a difficult situation. In my opinion, this fifth book is one of the most engaging of the series, delving into the negative effects Taylor’s involvement in drugs has had not only on himself, but also on his friends and family.
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Taylor Dunkin is missing.
The last message Jordan Dunkin receives from Taylor leads him to Taylor’s abandoned Jeep. Each of Taylor’s family members holds a piece of the puzzle, and as the Dunkins begin putting the details together, they are awakened to the possibility they may never see Taylor again.
No one can find Missy Kent.
Missy’s boyfriend Luke Davids last saw her dancing with their friends at a nightclub, but she hasn’t responded to anyone’s texts or calls for hours.
Everything is connected.
Taylor and Missy’s friends are dangerously close to learning the truth, but their ignorance might be the only thing keeping them safe. Every clue is leading them closer to peril.
The fifth book in the Gripped series moves through details at a thrilling pace. Secrets are revealed and lives are at stake. Taylor, Missy, their friends, and their families must figure out who they can trust before it’s too late.
Sophia is a sophomore at University of Notre Dame and a graduate of Marshfield High School in Marshfield, Massachusetts. She is a competitive Irish Step dancer who has competed several times at the Regional, National, and World Championships, and she also played on the Varsity Field Hockey team for her high school.
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