| Written by Laurie O’Sullivan, Dover, Massachusetts |
Laurie O’Sullivan is a 17 year old senior at Dover Sherborn High School where she likes to be involved with sports and extracurriculars. She is part of the National Honor Society and tutors high schoolers who want extra help in biology. She runs on the track team, leads a service club, is part of a women’s group, and is involved with an environmental club. In her free time, she likes to read, listen to music, and play the piano. Her love for spending time with kids is shown through her summer job as a camp counselor and her regular babysitting hours. She hopes to study communications in college and travel a lot in the future!
The book, “Gripped Part 3 The Fallout” by Stacy A. Padula is an amazing read for anyone who wants to get an inside look on substance abuse in teens, or anyone looking for a compelling read with an ever-changing plot and dynamic characters. This book is the third part in the Gripped series and it lived up to the very high expectations set by the first two books in the series. This book focuses on character relationships and development which makes it one of the most interesting reads thus far.
We are introduced to some new characters and storylines but there are still the classic gripped adventures like parties, drugs, and some sticky situations. The book managed to continue developing the story of the kids from Montgomery High as they all got older, without being repetitive of the first two books of the series. My perspective on some characters even changed in this book, which I never would have seen coming. Overall this book is enthralling and emotional while still being an enjoyable book for anyone from young teens to adults who are interested in the topic.
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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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