“Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors” Opens Parents Eyes to Pressures Commonly Faced in High School & College

By Jennifer O’Sullivan, Dover, Massachusetts & Boston College As someone who recently graduated high school, I definitely feel like relevant teenage topics are covered in Stacy Padula’s “Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors,” because I saw people end up in situations very similar to the ones mentioned in this book. From complicated relationships and friendships toContinue reading ““Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors” Opens Parents Eyes to Pressures Commonly Faced in High School & College”

Boston College Freshman Jennifer O’Sullivan Shares Her Thoughts on Stacy Padula’s “Gripped” Characters

By Jennifer O’Sullivan, Boston College As a teenager, I love the casual writing style of Stacy Padula’s Gripped book series because it makes me feel connected to the characters and their stories. I can actually imagine myself right there with the characters, which makes it much more realistic and relatable. Additionally, I get the sameContinue reading “Boston College Freshman Jennifer O’Sullivan Shares Her Thoughts on Stacy Padula’s “Gripped” Characters”

The Mystery & Crime in Stacy Padula’s New Y.A. Thriller “Smoke & Mirrors” is Captivating Teen Readers

By Jennifer O’Sullivan, Boston College As an avid reader, I love mystery and crime in any book, so I am extremely curious to see what ends up happening in Stacy Padula’s upcoming Gripped Part 5 concerning Taylor Dunkin and his involvement in the drug and crime ring. At the end of Gripped Part 4, weContinue reading “The Mystery & Crime in Stacy Padula’s New Y.A. Thriller “Smoke & Mirrors” is Captivating Teen Readers”

Jennifer O’Sullivan Recommends “Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors” by Stacy Padula

By Jennifer O’Sullivan, Dover, Massachusetts & Boston College I would highly recommend Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors by Stacy Padula to any young adults in middle or high school because of the great lessons it can teach to impressionable kids, but also parents whose children may be about to enter this life stage. This bookContinue reading “Jennifer O’Sullivan Recommends “Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors” by Stacy Padula”

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 dangersContinue reading “Teens and Parents Will Benefit from Reading This New Y.A. Novel”

New Y.A. Fiction Book Takes a Sobering Look at Teenage Substance Abuse

Written by Joanna Dakoyannis, Dover, MA Gripped Part 3: The Fallout, by Stacy A. Padula, takes a sobering look at how teen drug use can be a destructive force in their lives. Throughout the story, we see the teens make bad choices that lead to other harmful behaviors. Jason and Cathy, two of the mainContinue reading “New Y.A. Fiction Book Takes a Sobering Look at Teenage Substance Abuse”

New Young Adult Novel Accurately Represents the Hardships Commonly Faced by Teenagers

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.

“The Battle for Innocence” is An Eye-opening Book for Teens

Written by Joanna Dakoyannis of Dover-Sherborn High School The Battle for Innocence, by Stacy A. Padula, is the latest piece to the puzzle in the MLH series.  This book allows the reader insight to the events and influences that shaped the lives of the characters in the MLH series.  Before all coming together at MontgomeryContinue reading ““The Battle for Innocence” is An Eye-opening Book for Teens”

Joanna Dakoyannis on “The Battle for Innocence”

Why is this book a helpful resource for teens? The Battle for Innocence is a realistic account of the challenges that teens encounter as early as middle school.  The teens in this book are introduced to socially advanced situations at an early age because of older siblings and older friends.  This book demonstrates how teensContinue reading “Joanna Dakoyannis on “The Battle for Innocence””

Jennifer O’Sullivan on Jason Davids, Protagonist of “The Aftermath”

Article by Jennifer O’Sullivan of Dover-Sherborn High School Jason Davids is a character that has always sparked my interest; he’s smart, funny, confident, good-looking, well-loved and wealthy, yet he always found his life to be empty and sad, and turned to drugs as an escape. His hostile attitude intrigued me, because he seemed to beContinue reading “Jennifer O’Sullivan on Jason Davids, Protagonist of “The Aftermath””

The Most Surprising Thing About “The Battle for Innocence”

In June, Jennifer O’Sullivan of Dover-Sherborn High School read The Battle for Innocence by Stacy Padula. Below, she shares her opinion on what took her by surprise in the novel, which flashes back to two years prior to the other Montgomery Lake High books. The Battle for Innocence is the 4th book in the MLHContinue reading “The Most Surprising Thing About “The Battle for Innocence””

July’s Q&A with Joanna Dakoyannis on The Aftermath by Stacy Padula

Who could benefit from reading this book and why? This book is mainly directed toward teens and the challenges that they encounter in high school, socially and spiritually, but it could certainly be beneficial to any young adult. While teens face these issues in high school, young adults might face the same difficulties as theyContinue reading “July’s Q&A with Joanna Dakoyannis on The Aftermath by Stacy Padula”

A YA Book for Teens in Need of Inspiration

Written by Jennifer O’Sullivan of Dover-Sherborn Regional High School The Aftermath by Stacy Padula is a book that I would recommend to anyone who is lost or struggling and needs some inspiration. This book follows the journey of high school freshman Jason Davids, who is struggling to overcome his drug dependency and steer his lifeContinue reading “A YA Book for Teens in Need of Inspiration”

“The Aftermath” is an Encouraging Book for Teens

Written by Joanna Dakoyannis of Dover-Sherborn High School The Aftermath, by Stacy Padula, is an exceptional book that continues to follow the lives and challenges of a group of teens at Montgomery Lake High.  The teens embody many different lifestyles, challenging each other to find their voice against the many vices that high school socialContinue reading ““The Aftermath” is an Encouraging Book for Teens”

Jennifer O’Sullivan: There’s an Important Message for Teens in “When Darkness Tries to Hide”

When Darkness Tries to Hide by Stacy A. Padula not only shows the positive message that its protagonist, Jason Davids, was able to learn through faith and friendship, but also shows that even in tragedies, we must search for the positive things.

Joanna Dakoyannis Reviews “When Darkness Tries to Hide” by Stacy Padula

The second book in the MLH series, When Darkness Tries to Hide, is a riveting story that continues to follow a group of high school teens through their lives. When a tragedy strikes their group of friends, it causes many of them to take a step back and re-evaluate their recent actions and behaviors. The story demonstrates how impactful our actions, both good and bad can be on others around us.

Jennifer O’Sullivan of Dover-Sherborn High School on “When Darkness Tries to Hide” by Stacy Padula

When Darkness Tries To Hide, is another book by author Stacy Padula that aims to help teenagers navigate the trials and tribulations of high school. I think that all types of teenagers would benefit from reading this book. Although this book is based on faith and how it can help people escape the painful clutches of addiction, teenagers who are both struggling with addiction or suspect that a friend may be struggling would benefit from the book.

May’s Q&A with Joanna Dakoyannis of Dover Sherborn High School

Although this book would be most relevant to teenagers and the struggles they might face in high school, I would recommend this book to anyone who feels that they are struggling with something. Teens and adults alike who are trying to find themselves or answers to their place in life would benefit from reading When Darkness Tries to Hide because it would help them look at their situation from a faith based perspective. This book shows that regardless of how terrible you think your actions or situation may be, there is always hope and the ability to change.

Q&A with Joanna Dakoyannis on “The Right Person” by Stacy Padula

Preteens and teens would benefit from reading this book in many ways. One way they would benefit from reading it is that it would give them an insight into what high school is like, in a very real setting. The setting of the book could be any high school in the area in which I live. It might also help them if they are going through a similar situation as one of the characters in the book, and could help them feel as if they are not alone in dealing with their similar social issue.