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 them … Continue reading Emily Han Discusses the Dual Timeline Development in Stacy Padula’s “Gripped 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 Part … Continue reading An Interview with Oliver Ames Senior Emily Han on Gripped 3: The Fallout

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. Peer … Continue 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 of … Continue 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

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