Emily Han Discusses the Dual Timeline Development in Stacy Padula’s “Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors”

By Emily Han, Easton, Massachusetts As I read Gripped Part 4: Smoke and Mirrors by Stacy A. Padula, finding out how the characters’ past actions affected them in the present was my favorite part. The dual timelines in the novel show the choices the characters made previously as well as how those choices affect themContinue reading “Emily Han Discusses the Dual Timeline Development in Stacy Padula’s “Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors””

Emily Han Reviews Gripped Part 4: Smoke & Mirrors

By Emily Han, Easton, Massachusetts The young adult fiction book Gripped Part 4 by Stacy Padula is a page turning continuation of Padula’s thrilling stories. The storylines of Cathy and Jason, The Dunkin family, and others continue as we begin to see how things have fallen apart. Through Padula’s use of double timelines, we canContinue reading “Emily Han Reviews Gripped Part 4: Smoke & Mirrors”

An Interview with Oliver Ames Senior Emily Han on Gripped 3: The Fallout

Written by Emily Han, Easton, MA This book touches upon the use of Adderall, acid, marijuana, alcohol, and Xanax. For that reason, parents may not want their children to read the novel. However, the author feels there is much to be learned. What do you think tweens and teens could learn from reading Gripped PartContinue reading “An Interview with Oliver Ames Senior Emily Han on Gripped 3: The Fallout”

Oliver Ames ’21 Graduate Recommends Y.A. Novel to High Schoolers

By Emily Han, College of William & Mary As a college freshman, I would recommend Gripped Part 5: Taylor’s Story by Stacy Padula to any teenagers who are about to or are going through high school. I would also recommend it to parents who have kids going through high school or college. This book approaches importantContinue reading “Oliver Ames ’21 Graduate Recommends Y.A. Novel to High Schoolers”

William & Mary Freshman Reviews “Gripped 5: Taylor’s Story”

By Emily Han, College of William & Mary Gripped 5: Taylor’s Story by Stacy Padula is a fantastic continuation of the Gripped Series. We see Taylor Dunkin continue to struggle with trying to get out of the Drug Dealing ring, while still being fearful for his life and the repercussions of leaving. The ripples ofContinue reading “William & Mary Freshman Reviews “Gripped 5: Taylor’s Story””

Oliver Ames Senior Recommends Young Adult Novel to Teens & Parents

By Emily Han, Easton, Massachusetts I recommend Stacy Padula’s latest novel, Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors, to both teens and their parents because it shows an honest point of view relating to the topics of drug and alcohol use. It can prepare teens for situations that they may have to address in high school. PeerContinue reading “Oliver Ames Senior Recommends Young Adult Novel to Teens & Parents”

YA Fiction Novel Shows the Long-term Effects of Drug Abuse

Written by Emily Han, Easton, MA The book, Gripped Part 3, by Stacy Padula, is an amazing continuation of her thrilling series. As we continue to learn about the multiple stories that continue to develop with individuals’ drug use. We see characters change their personalities, morals, and relationships, some are unaware of the power ofContinue reading “YA Fiction Novel Shows the Long-term Effects of Drug Abuse”

Teen Fiction Novel Exposes Consequences of Substance Abuse

Written by Emily Han, Easton, MA The book, Gripped Part 2: Blindsided, by Stacy A. Padula continues the storylines of teenagers affected by substance abuse. By splitting the timeline (past and present) in the story, readers can see how the characters are changing due to their drug use. Those who were concerned with schoolwork, grades,Continue reading “Teen Fiction Novel Exposes Consequences of Substance Abuse”

Easton Teen Says Y.A. Novel Is Too Relevant To Be Ignored

Written by Emily Han, Easton, MA The drug use and sexual content in Gripped Part 2: Blindsided by Stacy A. Padula will likely get it banned from schools, but the topics are too relevant in teenage culture to be ignored because drug addiction and teen sexuality are more present than ever. With schools avoiding theseContinue reading “Easton Teen Says Y.A. Novel Is Too Relevant To Be Ignored”

Refreshing Y.A. Book Prepares Teens to Make Difficult Decisions

Written by Emily Han, Easton, Massachusetts The book, Gripped Part 1, by Stacy Padula, is a fascinating breath of fresh air. Compared with the millions of books that portray an unrealistic ideal of drug abuse and high school experiences. Too often teenagers and young adults are set up with unrealistic expectations going into their lives,Continue reading “Refreshing Y.A. Book Prepares Teens to Make Difficult Decisions”

Teens Relate to New Y.A. Book Series

Written by Emily Han, Easton, MA The Young Adult novel, Gripped by Stacy A. Padula is an excellent read for teens and young adults. It explores the relationships from seventh graders to college students, so readers between those ages can expect to see relationships that reflect those in their own life: brothers, cousins, dating andContinue reading “Teens Relate to New Y.A. Book Series”

Our Team

Meet our talented team of high school and college interns!

Welcome!

Stacy A. Padula is the author of three book series, the founder of Briley & Baxter Publications, a co-founder of BLE Pictures, and the founder of South Shore College Consulting & Tutoring. She was recently named “Top Inspirational Author of the Year” for 2022. Her Gripped book series is currently being adapted for TV byContinue reading “Welcome!”

The Reviews Are In!

See what readers are saying about the Montgomery Lake High book series on Amazon! 1. TO’Halloran reviewed When Darkness Tries to Hide (Montgomery Lake High Book 2) 1 of 1 people found the following helpful A must read! March 5, 2017 Well written with well developed characters – this book is just as good asContinue reading “The Reviews Are In!”

Book Reviews

1. Sophia C reviewed Gripped – Part 1: The Truth We Never Told 1 of 1 people found the following helpful A Must-Read! November 1, 2019 The book Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told, by Stacy Padula tells the captivating story of several high school and college students who become sucked into aContinue reading “Book Reviews”