Written by Bella Gill, Pembroke, Massachusetts
Bella is a junior at Pembroke High School in Pembroke, Massachusetts. She is a midfielder for the South Shore Select 2006 Girls Academy Soccer Team and is headed to the National Finals in St. Louis this summer. She is also a midfielder for the Pembroke High School Girls Varsity soccer team. Additionally, Bella is the vice-president of her class, a member of the Pembroke High School Yearbook staff and assistant coaches a U10 girls soccer team. Bella enjoys traveling with her family and friends, skiing, reading, babysitting, and working in the local office of a gastroenterologist. Bella’s favorite subjects include English, History, and Model UN. She hopes to study abroad in Europe in college.
I strongly believe Gripped Part 2: Blindsided by Stacy Padula should be read by kids in middle and high school because it teaches great lessons about how drugs and alcohol can truly mess up your life and the way your brain works. This novel informs kids about the harsh realities of substance abuse and how your life can easily enter a downward spiral once you become addicted. I feel as if teenagers must be educated on this topic due to the increasing amount of peer pressure and illegal activity occurring in high school ages.
Kids and teens can learn many valuable lessons from the Gripped novels. The most important thing they will learn is how harmful substances really are. They will be forced to take in the importance of staying away from drugs due to the fact that the book highlights how they have changed the lives of many of the main characters.
Now being adapted for TV by Emmy-winning producer Mark Blutman!
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.