| Written by Olivia Halle, Hingham, Massachusetts |
Olivia Halle is a senior at Hingham High School, where she is the president of National Honor Society. She is a member of the Varsity Tennis Team and also enjoys sailing, reading, and hiking. Olivia is involved in Hingham’s Mentor Program, Green Team, and Medical Sciences Club.
Gripped Part 3: The Fallout by Stacy Padula confronts the struggles of recovering from substance abuse and the attempts that Chris Dunkin makes to stay clean. Chris begins his journey of recovery by surrounding himself with positive influences such as Courtney, Bryan’s ex-girlfriend, yet Chris is quickly swept back into the paralyzing cycle of substance abuse when he hosts a party on the last night of summer. Padula masterfully explores the relentlessness of addiction and the burdening strain that it exacts on relationships, which will surely make the reader feel that they are in the whirlwind of the book themself.
The Fallout also navigates the toxicity of relationships and codependency, which serves as an accessible warning to young adults to beware of the signs so that they can learn from the mistakes of the characters in the Gripped series.
Part 3 is perfect for all ages, as it provides an informative and humanizing storyline that allows its readers to prepare themselves for the brutal world of substances and ensure that they will make decisions that uphold their personal values. This fast-paced and invigorating novel is one that can be read in one sitting and will definitely leave you ready to uncover more of the Bilotti crime ring in Part 4.
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After a near-death experience, Chris Dunkin begins surrounding himself with positive influences and putting his efforts towards living a clean lifestyle. However, the night before school starts, his best friend Jason convinces him to host a party that shows Chris more about himself than he actually wants to know.
Meanwhile, Marc Dunkin has received word from a detective that his oldest brother Taylor is a person of interest in a highly confidential case headed by the Boston Police Department. They know Taylor’s clean; they know he wants out of the game; and they want to help make that happen. However, their “help” will come at a cost-one that may put Taylor and his entire family in grave danger. Taylor is trying to get his life back in order after an opiate addiction wreaked havoc on his once promising athletic future. Getting clean was a difficult feat, but breaking free from the Bilotti crime ring will present an even greater challenge.
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