Timmy Weiss of St. Sebastian’s School Reviews “The Right Person” by Stacy A. Padula

Written by Timmy Weiss, Weston, MA

Timmy Weiss is a senior at St. Sebastian’s high school.  He is a varsity tennis and varsity soccer player, as well as a part of MPA (men with positive attitudes), the newspaper named The Walrus, and the peer mentoring club. He enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, volunteering, and going to sports games. Soon he hopes to study communications in college. 

As a group of teenagers enter 9th grade, they quickly realize the alarming amount of drama, peer pressure, popularity, and moral dilemmas they will encounter in their high school years.  These seemingly innocent teenage behaviors can soon lead to big problems in these teens’ lives, especially in their relationship with God.  The Right Person, by Stacy Padula, perfectly highlights these obstacles teens face as they enter the stressful scene of Montgomery Lake High and how good kids can be led astray from their morals so easily.

The story mainly focuses on Chris Dunkin:  a hard partier but talented football player, who was introduced to drugs and alcohol at a very young age.  Chris suddenly realizes the damage of his ways and starts an arduous journey to remain sober as much as he can.  His realization branches from meeting a beautiful and kind-hearted girl named Courtney, whose morals inspire Chris.  After they start dating, Courtney suddenly has a change of heart and begins to chase after all the things Chris wants to delete from his life: parties, popularity, and peer pressure behaviors.  Their opposite paths lead to conflict and a tougher journey for Chris.

The book accompanies many high school characters who resemble the behaviors and personalities of those in a real world setting.  Therefore, this book is critical for students in middle school or high school in order to prepare them for the dangerous behaviors teenagers get themselves into that can have devastating effects on their lives.  It also reminds us that God will be with us in our toughest times and when in doubt we should always look to him for guidance.


Growing up in the shadow of two NFL-destined cousins, Chris Dunkin has high hopes for his own future in football. However, a drug addiction threatens to destroy everything he has worked hard to attain. When Chris meets Courtney Angeletti–the mayor’s straightedge Christian daughter–he believes she could be the source of inspiration he needs to overcome his destructive lifestyle. Courtney, however, has other ideas.

The desire to rebel has been tugging on Courtney’s heartstrings for some time, and Chris’s “bad-boy” reputation draws her to him like a moth to a flame. After all, he is a central part of the most popular clique in her high school. Will Chris pull Courtney away from her faith or will Courtney inspire him to overcome his addiction?

Published by Author Stacy A. Padula

Stacy Padula has spent the last 14 years working daily with teenagers as a college counselor, mentor, and life coach. She was named "Top Inspirational Author of the Year" for 2022 by the International Association of Top Professionals (New York, NY). In 2021, she was broadcast on the famous Reuters Building in Times Square as "Empowered Woman of the Year." Her Gripped book series is currently being adapted for TV by Emmy-winning producer Mark Blutman. She is the founder and CEO of Briley & Baxter Publications: a publishing company that donates a portion of its proceeds to animal rescues each month. She has edited and published a variety of titles, including Boston Bruins Anthem Singer Todd Angilly and Rachel Goguen's The Adventures of Owen & the Anthem Singer, LaTonya Pinkard of Netflix's Last Chance U's Nate & His Magic Lion, and former NHL player Norm Beaudin's memoir The Original: Living Life Through Hockey. Stacy resides in Plymouth, Massachusetts with her husband Tim and two miniature dachshunds, Briley and Baxter.