Article by Katherine Nally, Scituate, MA The book Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told by Stacy A. Padula is a fast-paced and complex novel—perfect for tweens, teens, and parents—that is hard to put down. The many different storylines are captivating and make you want to read the entire book in one sitting. Gripped … Continue reading New Young Adult Book Addresses the Stigma Surrounding Drugs, Alcohol, & Teenagers
Article by Joanna Dakoyannis, Dover, MA The first book in the Gripped series, Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told by Stacy A. Padula takes a compelling look at substance abuse in the lives of high school, middle school, and college students. The story builds off of Padula's Montgomery Lake High book series, incorporating the … Continue reading New Fiction Book Series Takes a Compelling Look at Teenage Substance Abuse in Massachusetts
Gripped Part 2: Blindsided by Stacy Padula, is yet another book in the Gripped series that accurately represents the hardships faced by many teenagers. This book also shows how substance use that starts for fun or for experimentation can turn into a dangerous habit that changes every aspect of a person’s life.
From reading Gripped Part 2: Blindsided, kids can learn how one seemingly harmless decision can lead to a series of drastic, uncontrollable consequences. Not only does the book reveal the dangerous, addictive effects that drugs have on teenagers, but it also reveals how drugs can cause both relationship and mental health problems as many of the characters in the novel become distant with their friends and family and suffer from extreme anxiety as a result of the drugs they have become entangled in.
When a book is published, people see the author's name on the cover, but hardly ever do they hear about the team of people who helped bring the story to fruition. Yet, behind the scenes, a group of talented individuals may have provided insight and feedback to help the author keep the book relevant to … Continue reading The People Behind the Gripped Book Series
The storyline with Taylor Dunkin and the police in Gripped by Stacy A. Padula is most interesting to me because I am so curious to see what will happen with his future.
Article by Michael Farinacci—Medfield, Massachusetts Michael Farinacci Since Gripped Part 2: Blindsided, Jordan Dunkin has been, by far, the most intriguing character in my opinion. At the University of Notre Dame, he has a high GPA, has joined the Catholic club, and is starting at wide receiver on one of the best football teams in … Continue reading Jordan Dunkin, the Black Sheep of “Gripped” or Not?
As a young adult, I can relate to Gripped by Stacy A. Padula because I have witnessed firsthand some of the same issues within my own high school and friend group that the characters in the story have been through. I am at an age where the curiosity of experimentation along with peer pressure drive people to try things and do things that often lead to difficult and even dangerous consequences, and I have seen how one bad decision can lead to an immense amount of turmoil, as experienced by several of the characters in Gripped.
Article by Jennifer O'Sullivan, Dover, Massachusetts Jennifer O'Sullivan In Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told, by Stacy A. Padula, Taylor Dunkin plays a major role. In the novel, I found the storyline about him and the Boston police department to be the most interesting. To me, Taylor seemed like a really nice, smart, … Continue reading The Good & The Bad: Gripped’s Protagonist Taylor Dunkin
Joanna Dakoyannis is a senior at Dover-Sherborn High School. She enjoys creative writing, traveling, going to the gym, running track for her high school team and loves cheering on the team at school sporting events. She plans to be a science major in college and hopes to eventually attend dental school.