| Written by Bella Gill, Pembroke, Massachusetts |
Meet Bella Gill
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.
The novel, The Right Person written by Stacy Padula is a wonderful book for high school and college students to read. It portrays the hardships and struggles of relationships throughout teenage years while simultaneously explaining how the desire to fit in can be both toxic and negative. The teenagers are always put in a position of choosing whether or not they want to drink, party, etc, and the majority of the time their friends’ decisions and attitudes influence what they end up doing. The main timeline in the story is between characters Courtney Angeletti and Chris Dunkin. Courtney starts off with a wonderful reputation, while Chris is known as a crazy partier. Once they become a couple they start to switch roles and morals. Chris realizes his parties are ruining his life and motivation, while Courtney cannot see past her new popularity status. God and religion eventually motivates these teens to get back on the right path. Teens should definitely read this 5 star book because it is easily relatable and provides a variety of important life lessons.
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?
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