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.
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 … Continue reading Rebecca Ronning on the Compelling Characters in “Gripped Part 2: Blindsided”
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 1 by Stacy Padula tells the gripping story of a star student athlete who let a mere setback turn into a major addiction. It exemplifies the importance of understanding that nobody is safe from drug abuse, not even the classic golden child, and expresses the unfortunately realistic young ages at which this abuse starts.
We caught up with Rebecca Ronning, a junior at Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, New York, to ask her some questions about the first book in the Gripped book series by Stacy Padula. Rebecca was just chosen as the book series' Intern of the Month for May of 2019!
I would recommend Gripped Part 1 to any high schooler who may be feeling the inevitable temptations of dangerous party drugs. It is important to recognize the legitimate impact that the things you do in highschool can have on your future, not only on your health but within your professional career. To anybody reading this book, I would say that decisions you make matter in the long run; have fun while you're young, but refrain from making bad choices.
Written by Rebecca Ronning of New York, New York The Forces Within by Stacy Padula tells the story of an adventure gone wrong. This book is about a group of teens, just looking to explore their friends summer house and unfortunately getting caught in something much more. The reader learns so much more about characters … Continue reading Why I Couldn’t Stop Reading “The Forces Within” by Rebecca Ronning
Rebecca Ronning, New York, NY Rebecca is a junior at Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, New York. As a city kid, some of her hobbies include riding the subway and exploring the city with friends, making all kinds of art and traveling with her family and experiencing new and exciting things along the way. What … Continue reading Rebecca Ronning on “The Right Person” by Stacy Padula
Going into your first year of high school is a historically stressful, confusing, scary experience. Surrounded by new faces, new perspectives, and new ideas, it is easy for a young impressionable teenager to be tempted to go against their morals and change themselves in an effort to fit in and make a good impression on their classmates, even if they know it’s not the right thing to do. The Right Person, by Stacy Padula, perfectly represents this internal conflict by entering the minds of a group of incoming freshman at Montgomery Lake High as they come across new obstacles in their social lives, much unlike what they experienced in middle school.