Sarah Parrish of Dover-Sherborn High School Reviews “The Right Person” by Stacy A. Padula

| Written by Sarah Parrish, Dover, Massachusetts |

Meet Sarah Parrish

Sarah is a senior at Dover-Sherborn High School where she is captain of the Alpine Ski Team and the Track and Field Team. She is also a member of her school’s Peer Helping Club and Community Service club. Throughout the summer, Sarah works as a counselor at a local summer camp and also as a server at the Chatham Filling station. With a passion for leadership and athletics, she enjoys ski instructing at Burke Mountain and coaching field hockey for Dover-Sherborn Youth Field Hockey. She also enjoys her participation in the Senior High Youth Group at Pilgrim Church where she volunteers around her community. In her freetime, she enjoys boating, skiing, running and traveling. 

After reading Montgomery Lake High #1: The Right Person by Stacy A. Padula, Sarah Parrish was interviewed about her thoughts on the characters, story, and plot.

  1. Who do you recommend this book to?

I would recommend this book to anyone soon to be entering high school or anyone currently in high school. This book shows the reality of what teenagers encounter in high school and could prevent them from experiencing it themselves. Furthermore, I would recommend this book to any parent who has kids in high school to be more knowledgeable and what their children may go through. 

  1. What can be learned from Chris and Courtney’s story?

From Chris and Courntey’s relationship, we can learn that it is important to surround ourselves with people who make up better. For example, when Courtney was dating Brian she was the girl who went to church regularly and had pure morals. Then, when she began dating Chris, she started caring more about her appearance and went to church less. Therefore we can learn that bad company corrupts good morals. 

  1. What did you enjoy most about The Right Person?

I enjoyed learning more about Courtney in The Right Person. Throughout the Gripped series, I was always curious about her because she was not thoroughly introduced until the end of the series. It was very interesting to hear somewhat the same story, told from different perspectives.

  1. What is one major theme you noticed running through the story?

A major theme throughout the story is loyalty. With so much drama going on and friendships beginning and ending it is important to choose who you surround yourself with wisely. Some characters in the story are very loyal whereas others we are not so sure about. This story shows that even some of the longest friendships such as Chantal and Cathy (sisters) are compromised. 

  1. How do you, as a teenager, personally relate to this story?

I am a senior in high school and I do not personally relate to this story a lot, mostly because people at my school and my friends are not involved with drugs the way that some of the characters in the book are. However, the friendship and relationships piece of the story, I believe is relatable to anyone who has gone through highschool or is yet to go through 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.