Maya Daly of Duxbury High School Recommends “The Right Person” by Stacy Padula as an Essential Read for All

Written by Maya Daly, Duxbury, Massachusetts

Maya is a senior at Duxbury High School, where she is a member of the Varsity Rowing Team. In school, she is a part of the yearbook club, Best Buddies club, and Habitat for Humanity. She enjoys studying English and history, and plans to major in one of those subjects in college. 

Montgomery Lake High “The Right Person” by Stacy Padula emphasizes the highly influential nature of peer pressure, and in turn, the lasting consequences that those who are influenced can face. 

Entering high school is both a transformative and influential time in one’s life, which makes young teens highly susceptible to peer pressure and going against their own moral compasses in an effort to fit in. This story centers around this idea, following a group of teens as they enter into high school, now having more access to parties and what goes on at parties. As the story progresses, we see Chris, the stereotypical “party animal” look introspectively at his ways, and consequentially turn towards sobriety. However, at the same time, we see his new girlfriend, Courtney, who has a strong moral compass and has always had a close connection with religion, begin to question her ways and dabble more in the party scene. 

This story takes readers on a journey filled with drama and plot twists, painting the important picture of how becoming involved with drugs and alcohol is never a small decision. This book is an essential read for all and any teens, as it not only allows them to learn from the characters mistakes, but also prepares them for the ins and outs of high school.


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.