An Interview with UGA’s Mackenzie Wells on Gripped 1: The Truth We Never Told

Who would you recommend Gripped Part 1 to and why? “Gripped Part 1” by Stacy Padula deals with the stories of young adults navigating the transitions between middle school, high school, and college. I would recommend this book to readers in middle or high school. These books give them a glimpse into how one person’s … Continue reading An Interview with UGA’s Mackenzie Wells on Gripped 1: The Truth We Never Told

Mackenzie Wells of UGA Reviews Stacy Padula’s Montgomery Lake High Book Series

Series Review by Mackenzie Wells, University of Georgia Mackenzie Wells is a senior at the University of Georgia, majoring in English and public relations. She is a leader at the Wesley Foundation at UGA, the community outreach coordinator for UGA’s Undergraduate English Association, and a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Mackenzie … Continue reading Mackenzie Wells of UGA Reviews Stacy Padula’s Montgomery Lake High Book Series

The Screwtape Letters Meets Nancy Drew in this Spiritual Warfare Must-Read Novel for Young Adults

Written by Mackenzie Wells, University of Georgia—A mixture between “The Screwtape Letters” and a Nancy Drew novel, “The Forces Within” by Stacy A. Padula takes a poignantly authentic look at spiritual warfare – albeit disguised as a metaphor. A group of high school freshmen find themselves taking refuge in an old abandoned mansion deep in the woods. As mysterious occurrences begin to take place, the teenagers realize that the battle is for their lives – and their hearts. A shocking reminder of a too-often overlooked battle, this book is desperately needed to educate today’s generation. Although this book deals with a heavy topic which can take some guidance to understand, it is specifically aimed at young adults and approaches the issue in a way relevant to our lives. 

An Impactful Book Full of Important Truths for Teen & Pre-teen Girls

Written by Mackenzie Wells, University of Georgia “The Battle for Innocence” by Stacy A. Padula takes an extremely impactful look at the unfortunate truth about what can happen at seemingly innocent parties. Two female characters, Chantal and Michelle, end up in situations in which they unintentionally fall under the influence of substances. In both cases, … Continue reading An Impactful Book Full of Important Truths for Teen & Pre-teen Girls

Teen Novel Demonstrates the Power of God and Salvation

Written by Mackenzie Wells, University of Georgia The Aftermath by Stacy A. Padula is all about transformation. Reading this book could be the inciting incident that launches change in the lives of readers. Sometimes, seeing transformation in others is enough to create a discontent for the status quo in our own lives. Everyone has aspects … Continue reading Teen Novel Demonstrates the Power of God and Salvation

Teen Novel “The Right Person” Prepares Kids for the Social Pressures of High School

Written by Mackenzie Wells, Athens, GA The Right Person by Stacy A. Padula takes like an authentic glimpse into the lives and minds of high school freshmen. It can be easy to forget or ignore the pressures and social stresses placed on young teenagers, but this story provides an intimate view of the exciting and … Continue reading Teen Novel “The Right Person” Prepares Kids for the Social Pressures of High School

Fiction Novel Addresses the Struggle for Acceptance Teens Commonly Face in High School

Written by Mackenzie Wells, Athens, GA The young adult novel, The Right Person by Stacy A. Padula takes an intimate view into the lives of a group of freshmen in high school. I recommend The Right Person to young adults entering into, or currently in, high school. This story inserts itself into the world of … Continue reading Fiction Novel Addresses the Struggle for Acceptance Teens Commonly Face in High School