The drug use and sexual content in this book will surely get it banned from schools, but the topics are too relevant in teenage culture to be ignored. Why do you think this book should be read by kids in middle school and high school?
Gripped Part 2: Blindsided by Stacy Padula is an absolutely captivating young adult story that follows the lives of a group of Massachusetts teens throughout their middle and high school experience. Dealing with issues of relationships, friendships, drug abuse, and much more, this book is particularly beneficial to those who are entering high school and are looking to learn from a relatively accurate description of some issues they may encounter, as well as how to deal with them. Not only does this book reflect excellent and important morals, it is extremely interesting, and I honestly could not put it down. I would rate this book a 5/5 and strongly recommend it to any young adult.
Who could benefit from reading this book and why? This book is mainly directed toward teens and the challenges that they encounter in high school, socially and spiritually, but it could certainly be beneficial to any young adult. While teens face these issues in high school, young adults might face the same difficulties as they … Continue reading July’s Q&A with Joanna Dakoyannis on The Aftermath by Stacy Padula
How has your opinion of Taylor changed from the beginning of the series until the end of book 2? In the beginning of the series, it was much easier to see Taylor as somewhat of a failure. We lacked an in-depth perspective from him in the beginning, and really only heard of him through his … Continue reading Rebecca Ronning on the Compelling Characters in “Gripped Part 2: Blindsided”
Written by Jennifer O'Sullivan of Dover-Sherborn Regional High School The Aftermath by Stacy Padula is a book that I would recommend to anyone who is lost or struggling and needs some inspiration. This book follows the journey of high school freshman Jason Davids, who is struggling to overcome his drug dependency and steer his life … Continue reading A YA Book for Teens in Need of Inspiration
Written by Elizabeth Harvey of Emerson College Gripped Part 2 is the second book in the Gripped series and continues to expand on the themes of teenage drug and alcohol use in the context of the various character’s personal lives and relationships with one another. Taylor Dunkin has gotten himself involved in not just taking … Continue reading An Editorial Review of Gripped Part 2: Blindsided by Stacy A. Padula
Written by Joanna Dakoyannis of Dover-Sherborn High School The Aftermath, by Stacy Padula, is an exceptional book that continues to follow the lives and challenges of a group of teens at Montgomery Lake High. The teens embody many different lifestyles, challenging each other to find their voice against the many vices that high school social … Continue reading “The Aftermath” is an Encouraging Book for Teens