New Y.A. Book Shows Effects of Modern High School Peer Pressure

By Joanna Dakoyannis, Providence College Gripped 4: Smoke and Mirrors by Stacy Padula is the fascinating continuation of the story centered around a group of teens from Montgomery Lake High School.  They are influenced by older siblings and peers who are involved in drug and alcohol use. Taylor, the older sibling of Marc and Jordan … Continue reading New Y.A. Book Shows Effects of Modern High School Peer Pressure

Teens and Parents Will Benefit from Reading This New Y.A. Novel

Written by Joanna Dakoyannis, Dover, MA While the subjects covered in Gripped Part 3: The Fallout by Stacy A. Padula are extremely sensitive and include drug use, alcohol, and sex, it is important for teens to read this book to educate themselves. The book provides teens with an interesting narrative while showing them the dangers … Continue reading Teens and Parents Will Benefit from Reading This New Y.A. Novel

New Young Adult Book Shows the Damaging Effects of Peer Pressure

Written by Joanna Dakoyannis, Dover, MA Gripped Part 2: Blindsided is a must read for teens in middle school and high school. It is an easy read with a story that keeps you eagerly turning the page. In following the lives of the characters, Blindsided demonstrates how damaging peer pressure can be to a teen’s life. … Continue reading New Young Adult Book Shows the Damaging Effects of Peer Pressure

New Young Adult Book Takes a Startling Look at Mounting Social Pressures Amongst Teens

Article by Joanna Dakoyannis, Dover, MA Gripped Part 2: Blindsided  is an excellent book for high school students to read for several reasons. First, it takes a startling look into the lives of teenagers and what their social experiences around drugs and sex can entail. The story also exemplifies what the effects of drug and … Continue reading New Young Adult Book Takes a Startling Look at Mounting Social Pressures Amongst Teens

Gripped Book Series Sheds Light on Montgomery Lake High’s Main Characters

Article by Joanna Dakoyannis, Dover, MA Although Chantal Kagelli has been a favorite character of mine throughout Stacy A. Padula’s Montgomery Lake High book series, I found her somewhat frustrating in Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told. I feel that she passes judgement quickly and fails to communicate with the people who care about … Continue reading Gripped Book Series Sheds Light on Montgomery Lake High’s Main Characters

New Teen Fiction Book Teaches the Importance of Healthy Relationships

Article by Joanna Dakoyannis, Dover, Massachusetts As a young adult, I can easily relate to the scenarios portrayed in Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told by Stacy A. Padula. The dating and friendship drama, as well as the substance abuse, are real issues that I see unfolding every day.  Similar to the characters … Continue reading New Teen Fiction Book Teaches the Importance of Healthy Relationships

New Fiction Book Series Takes a Compelling Look at Teenage Substance Abuse in Massachusetts

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

The Forces Within by Stacy Padula: an Excellent Teen Read

Article by Joanna Dakoyannis, Dover, Massachusetts The Forces Within, by Stacy Padula, is the fifth and most compelling book in the MLH series. The story focuses on the spiritual battle of several characters in the series, but mainly dissects the actions of Andy Rosetti.  Andy finds himself in a strange place called Fallen Lake, in … Continue reading The Forces Within by Stacy Padula: an Excellent Teen Read