Written by Charlie Hallal - Hingham, Massachusetts The drug use and sexual content in Gripped 2: Blindsided by Stacy Padula will likely get it banned from schools, but the topics are too relevant in teenage culture to be ignored. This book should be read by kids in middle school and high school to teach them … Continue reading Gripped 2: Blindsided – A School Book Or Not?
Written by Charlie Hallal - Hingham, Massachusetts The book Gripped, Part Two: Blindsided by Stacy A. Padula is an intriguing story that allows young adult readers to learn about the severity of drug use and the possible impacts it can have on peoples' lives. It gives readers an in-depth view into the lives of many … Continue reading Gripped 2: Blindsided – Not Just A Teen Read
Written by Charlie Hallal - Hingham, Massachusetts In the first book in Stacy Padula's Gripped series, the reader meets a large cast of characters whom any teenager would easily relate to and empathize with. As a teen myself, I most closely relate to Jason Davids because he seems to try to see all perspectives when … Continue reading A Teenage Take on the Gripped Series’ Characters
Written by Charlie Hallal - Hingham, Massachusetts The book Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told by Stacy Padula is an incredibly entertaining story that never fails to keep readers entertained and engaged. The many interesting characters that appear in the story demonstrate both how important it is to be conscious about how your … Continue reading Charlie Hallal Reviews Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told
Written by Charlie Hallal - Hingham, Massachusetts As a junior in high school, I would recommend Stacy Padula's book, Gripped #1: The Truth We Never Told, to any kid anywhere from middle school to college. This is due to the many ways I feel kids in this age group, including myself, can relate to the … Continue reading Hingham High School Junior Shares Why Teens Should Be Reading The Gripped Series
By Jenna Finnerty, University of New Hampshire Stacy Padula & Jenna Finnerty In Stacy Padula's latest novel, "Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors," I really liked how there were a bunch of different storylines that made me want to learn what was going to happen next. The different stories kept me focused, because there were so … Continue reading UNH Sophomore Jenna Finnerty’s Thoughts on the “Gripped” Characters
Our character relationship series continues today with best friends Lisa Ankerman and Cathy Kagelli, who have stayed tried and true by each other’s side throughout the Gripped and the Montgomery Lake High book series. Lisa is fiercely loyal to the people she loves and Cathy is no exception. During Cathy’s lowest points in her tumultuous … Continue reading “Gripped” Relationships: Lisa Ankerman & Cathy Kagelli
Our character relationship series continues with Marc Dunkin and Cathy Kagelli. In the MLH books, we quickly see Marc swooping in on Cathy after her and Jason’s breakup. Prior to that, we see a few instances of Marc attempting to encourage Cathy and Jason to stay clear of each other, but we don’t get to … Continue reading “Gripped” Relationships: Marc Dunkin & Cathy Kagelli
We begin our character relationship series with Cathy Kagelli and Jason Davids. Their relationship is central to the Gripped and the MLH books in many ways. They are each other’s greatest advocate and greatest weakness. Their relationship is strong but tumultuous. Their connection is visceral. Jason met Cathy when she was a shy and socially … Continue reading “Gripped” Relationships: Jason Davids & Cathy Kagelli
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?