The Highly Intriguing Book Teens Won’t Want to Put Down

By Mackenzie Wells, Athens, GA Intrigued. That's the best word to describe how I felt as I read Stacy Padula's "Gripped 3: The Fallout." Honestly, I was intrigued by the increasing police interventions, both at the teenagers’ parties and in Taylor Dunkin’s case as it progresses. The very real likelihood of the law catching up … Continue reading The Highly Intriguing Book Teens Won’t Want to Put Down

Debut Novel of Y.A. Book Series Addresses the Pressures & Temptations Plaguing Today’s Teenagers

Written by Megan Farinacci, Medfield, MA As a young adult reading Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told, I related to the constant pressure of society. Peer pressure is an issue that almost all young adults face, and it can be extremely harmful to the development of teenagers. As shown in Stacy Padula's novel, … Continue reading Debut Novel of Y.A. Book Series Addresses the Pressures & Temptations Plaguing Today’s Teenagers

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

UNH Sophomore Jenna Finnerty’s Thoughts on the “Gripped” Characters

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

Here’s Why Parents of Teens Need to Read The Gripped Book Series

By Mackenzie Wells, Athens, GA "Gripped 3: The Fallout" by Stacy Padula touches upon the use of Adderall, acid, marijuana, alcohol, and Xanax. For that reason, parents may not want their children to read the novel. However, the author feels there is much to be learned.  Even more than the past two books, “Gripped Part 3” demonstrates … Continue reading Here’s Why Parents of Teens Need to Read The Gripped Book Series

Dynamic Characters Take Y.A. Readers by Surprise in Stacy Padula’s “Gripped 2: Blindsided”

Mackenzie Wells By Mackenzie Wells, Athens, GA At the very beginning of the first book in Stacy Padula's best-selling young adult series, Gripped, the reader gains a glimpse of where Taylor Dunkin ends up. Without any understanding of who he was before or how he wound up in his current predicament, it was easy to … Continue reading Dynamic Characters Take Y.A. Readers by Surprise in Stacy Padula’s “Gripped 2: Blindsided”

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

By Jennifer O'Sullivan, Boston College Jennifer O'Sullivan 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 … Continue reading Boston College Freshman Jennifer O’Sullivan Shares Her Thoughts on Stacy Padula’s “Gripped” Characters

The Benefits of Reading Uncensored Y.A. Novels like “Gripped 2: Blindsided”

Mackenzie Wells By Mackenzie Wells, Athens, GA Most books or T.V. series with a target audience of young teenagers pull back from showing the complete picture of teenage drug use and sexual activity. However, living life without knowing the complete picture and without an understanding of the repercussions can lead to very dangerous decisions. Life … Continue reading The Benefits of Reading Uncensored Y.A. Novels like “Gripped 2: Blindsided”

Gripped 4: The Drama, Mystery, & Uncertainty Kept Me Captivated from Cover to Cover

Isabelle Semas By Isabelle Semas, Massachusetts The drama and mystery of “Gripped Part 4: Smoke & Mirrors” by Stacy A. Padula was engaging. The uncertainty of Taylor Dunkin’s plot mixed with the tension of Jason Davids' and Cathy Kagelli’s storyline had me captivated from cover to cover.  I also enjoyed how this book delved more … Continue reading Gripped 4: The Drama, Mystery, & Uncertainty Kept Me Captivated from Cover to Cover