An Interview with Weymouth’s John Savage about Stacy Padula’s “Gripped” Characters

After reading Gripped 1: The Truth We Never Told by Stacy Padula, John Savage, a senior at Weymouth High School, was interviewed about the different characters. There are a few different storylines running through Gripped Part 1 because it is setting up the rest of the series. What storyline do you find the most interesting … Continue reading An Interview with Weymouth’s John Savage about Stacy Padula’s “Gripped” Characters

Megan Farinacci Reviews “The Truth We Never Told”

Written by Megan Farinacci, Medfield, MAThe book Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told by Stacy Padula is an eye opening novel that touches on the important issue of drug abuse among teens. Taylor Dunkin, a former all-star athlete at Montgomery High and quarterback for Northeastern's football team, struggles with a painkiller addiction. Ultimately, … Continue reading Megan Farinacci Reviews “The Truth We Never Told”

Weymouth High School Senior Recommends This Y.A. Book to Teens Across America

Written by John Savage, Weymouth, Massachusetts As a senior in high school, I relate to Stacy Padula's novel Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told. To an extent, I have seen what drugs can do to people and athletes, specifically. I also know and understand the ins-and-outs of what it’s like to be in … Continue reading Weymouth High School Senior Recommends This Y.A. Book to Teens Across America

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

New Y.A. Novel Opens Up Conversations Between Teens and Parents

Written by Bradford Campbell, Duxbury, MA Bradford Campbell is currently a senior at Thayer Academy. He is captain of their Varsity Soccer and Track and Field teams. In school, Bradford is a 2020 Student Government Representative and Peer Advisor for freshman students. He also enjoys volunteering for Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity. Bradford participates … Continue reading New Y.A. Novel Opens Up Conversations Between Teens and Parents

“Gripped 1: The Truth We Never Told” Recommended by Thayer Academy Senior

Written by Bradford Campbell, Duxbury, MA Bradford Campbell is currently a senior at Thayer Academy. He is captain of their Varsity Soccer and Track and Field teams. In school, Bradford is a 2020 Student Government Representative and Peer Advisor for freshman students. He also enjoys volunteering for Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity. Bradford participates … Continue reading “Gripped 1: The Truth We Never Told” Recommended by Thayer Academy Senior

New Teen Fiction Book Helps Kids Realize Their Choices Today Matter

As a seventeen year old in high school, I have definitely been exposed to both drugs and alcohol. When I was younger, I watched plenty of movies and TV shows with high schoolers drinking and doing drugs at parties, but I thought that was only something that happened on television. Now, being around the age of the characters in the book, I am fully aware of what really goes on at this age. Kids at my school cannot go a full school day without vaping in the bathrooms, they rely on alcohol to have fun at parties, and prescription pills that are not prescribed to them. A huge focus in our health classes are drugs and how easy it is to become addicted, but students do not want to listen to teachers who seem like they are scolding them. Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told by Stacy A. Padula is the perfect book for tweens and teens because it is a true version of what happens as a young adult. It is a fast-paced and complex novel perfect for teens and parents that is hard to put down.