Chris, Jason, & Cathy in “Gripped 3: The Fallout”

Stacy Padula’s Gripped book series for young adults covers controversial topics such as substance abuse, which may deter some hesitant parents and schools from recommending the books to teens. While Gripped Part 3: The Fallout exposes readers to Adderall, acid, marijuana, alcohol, and Xanax, the author’s intention is to educate tweens and teens on drug and alcohol abuse. The novel focuses not on the use of drugs, but how the use of drugs negatively impacts relationships, family dynamics, and athletic and school performance. After reading the novel, it is clear that the message behind the stories told is not only about drug use, but connects to a bigger social issue of how we can stop this cycle in teenage society.

Here’s Why Parents Should Want Their Teens to Read “Gripped”

Stacy Padula’s Gripped book series for young adults covers controversial topics such as substance abuse, which may deter some hesitant parents and schools from recommending the books to teens. While Gripped Part 3: The Fallout exposes readers to Adderall, acid, marijuana, alcohol, and Xanax, the author’s intention is to educate tweens and teens on drug and alcohol abuse. The novel focuses not on the use of drugs, but how the use of drugs negatively impacts relationships, family dynamics, and athletic and school performance. After reading the novel, it is clear that the message behind the stories told is not only about drug use, but connects to a bigger social issue of how we can stop this cycle in teenage society.

‘Gripped’ Series Addresses Social Issues Relevant to Today’s Teen Culture

Written by Megan Farinacci, Medfield, MA I really enjoyed Stacy Padula’s book, Gripped Part 3: The Fallout. The novel starts off in the present day and jumps back eight months, then comes full circle, ending in the present day. As a reader you are able to see the character development throughout the book. As manyContinue reading “‘Gripped’ Series Addresses Social Issues Relevant to Today’s Teen Culture”

UNH Sophomore Recommends “Smoke & Mirrors” to Parents of Teenagers

By Jenna Finnerty, University of New Hampshire I recommend “Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors” by Stacy Padula to teens and parents for a multitude of reasons. First of all, I think teens should read it because it gives good insight into what people deal with once they get wrapped up in drugs. Second, I thinkContinue reading “UNH Sophomore Recommends “Smoke & Mirrors” to Parents of Teenagers”

New Teen Novel Helps Kids Make Smart Decisions in the Face of Peer Pressure

Written by Jenna Finnerty, Durham, NH Gripped Part 3: The Fallout by Stacy A. Padula shows the effects that drugs have on the characters’ lives and the ways pills, such as opiates and benzos, can change someone’s personality, as well as their relationships with other people. Hopefully by reading about the characters’ situations, teens willContinue reading “New Teen Novel Helps Kids Make Smart Decisions in the Face of Peer Pressure”

A College Freshman’s Take on “Gripped Part 2: Blindsided” by Stacy Padula

This book will hopefully influence teens to abstain from drugs and alcohol after reading about the effects it has on everyone’s lives. Teens who read this book will also learn what could happen to them if they do end up getting involved with drugs. Similar to Taylor’s situation, drugs can ruin someone’s life after becoming addicted.

The Right Person by Stacy Padula Accurately Depicts High School Social Challenges

The Right Person, by Stacy Padula, shows how a group of freshman at Montgomery Lake High face the challenges of high school. They go through dangerous situations and have to resist temptations. They realize what it is like to try to become popular and how you can lose friends easily. All of their situations are very relatable to many high school students.

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