Written by Kyle Banker, University of Miami I think that all teenagers should read “The Forces Within” as they will learn a great amount about the final development of characters in the MLH series and how it could correlate to their own lives. All of the key messages that were mentioned throughout the series are … Continue reading Kyle Banker on the 5th & Final Installment of the MLH Book Series
High school consists of the four most transformative years of your life, both academically and socially. The introductions of parties, substances, peer pressure, and popularity can completely change one’s personality and mindset. In “The Right Person,” Stacy Padula tells the story of a group of freshmen at Montgomery Lake High as they encounter and face countless social scenarios that change their lifestyles for the long run.
Kyle Banker of Needham, Massachusetts is a senior at Beaver Country Day School. He will be attending the University of Miami in the fall as a biology major. This month, Kyle read “The Right Person” – a young adult novel by Stacy Padula – and shared some insightful feedback.
There are a few different storylines running through Gripped Part 1 because it is setting up the rest of the series. What storyline do you find the most interesting and why? I think that the storyline between Cathy and Jason is most compelling to me because of their dual perspective of how they see the … Continue reading Looking Ahead to Gripped Part 2 with Kyle Banker
The Gripped Book Series has an array of main characters, who range in age from twelve to twenty-three. Although they have vastly different struggles, values, and personalities, their lives are indisputably entwined. Kyle Banker, a Communications Intern for the Gripped book series, read “Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told” and shared his insight on the characters. His responses are below:
Written by Kyle Banker, University of Miami In Gripped Part 5: Taylor’s Story by Stacy Padula, I enjoyed the alternation between the storylines of Taylor and the Boston Police with Cathy and Chantal. I believe that this style worked best in Gripped 5 as Taylor’s situation kept its intensity as the reader was separated from … Continue reading Alternating Storylines Maintain Suspense in “Gripped Part 5: Taylor’s Story”
Written by Kyle Banker, University of Miami “Gripped Part 5: Taylor’s Story” by Stacy Padula is a book that displays the heavy consequences of substances to young adults in Montgomery. Part 5 of the Gripped series smoothly picks up the storylines from the previous novel, including the situations of Taylor and Cathy. In this novel, … Continue reading “Taylor’s Story” Sets the Tone for an Exciting 6th Novel in Stacy Padula’s “Gripped” Series
Written by Kyle Banker, University of Miami As a junior in college, I believe that the topics covered in Stacy Padula’s Gripped 5: Taylor’s Story, including substance usage and purchasing, are becoming vastly more common across high schools and colleges in the United States. While many young adults feel it is simple to stay away … Continue reading “Gripped 5: Taylor’s Story” Sends Imperative Message to Teen Readers
Written by Kyle Banker, University of Miami Gripped Part 4: Smoke & Mirrors by Stacy Padula is a novel that showcases the evident consequences of substance to young adults in Montgomery. Part 4 of the Gripped series picks up the storylines effectively from the previous novel, including the situations of Taylor and Cathy. In this … Continue reading Teen Novel Effectively Shows the Effort Needed to Overcome Addiction & Begin New Life
Written by Kyle Banker, University of Miami After reading Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors by Stacy Padula, Kyle Banker was asked, How has your opinion of the Gripped series’ main characters evolved overtime? Luke I think Luke has developed stronger positive intentions with his life after reflecting on his past as a drug supplier. I … Continue reading College Junior Shares Thoughts on Stacy Padula’s “Gripped” Characters