I recommend this book too pre-teens and teenagers who will begin to go through these troubling years soon. Seeing Courtney and Chris’ point of view on entering high school is a good way to prepare yourself. Sticking to your morals is a huge lesson throughout the novel, as well as trying to change your bad habits when entering a new environment.
Young adult author Stacy Padula says, "Schools need to wake up and realize that in a world where 13 year olds are overdosing on heroin, a book that educates kids on the perils of opiate addiction would be a GOOD THING to make them read, preferably at age 11 or 12." How many opioid related … Continue reading Wake Up America
A seemingly normal day in the quiet town of Montgomery is interrupted by a violent storm, leaving Andy Rosetti in grave danger. There is someone else at fault for Andy's accident, and Jason Davids knows the truth. Jason, the most popular boy in their grade, possesses a tight-knit group of friends, a gorgeous girlfriend, and a not-so-hidden thirst for drug-induced pleasure. When Andy rolls past him on a stretcher, guilt swarms Jason's mind, and he begins looking at his life in a different light. Will Andy's accident be the wake up call Jason so desperately needs or will it push him further into his destructive habits?
Written by Elizabeth Harvey of Needham, MA (Class of 2017) Chris: Chris is a compassionate young man, but has always been an unintentional troublemaker since the 7th grade. Chris’s parents both work a lot and frequently travel, leaving Chris in the care of his older cousins who love to party. Because of his parents absence … Continue reading A Teen’s Take on the MLH Characters
Written by Elizabeth Harvey, Dana Hall Class of 2017 The Forces Within is a story that explores the power of spirituality and the battle that many teenagers go through when faced with tough decisions. The story focuses on life after Andy Rossetti wakes up from his coma and what his recovery process looks like, including … Continue reading A Teen’s Review of The Forces Within by Stacy Padula
Friday night--a night that marks the beginning of the weekend and the long awaited break from the monotonous daily grind of high school--is otherwise known as a night to party. Chris Dunkin and his friends have been involved in the party scene since middle school, and at the start of their high school careers, they have no intention of stopping. At first, this particular night appears to be no different. However, Chris is struggling to maintain his "bad-boy" reputation once he begins to realize how damaging his lifestyle is to not only himself, but also the people around him. Courtney, the Mayor's daughter, has always avoided the party scene, but her desire to rebel is growing, as she becomes infatuated with Chris and his friend's reckless lifestyle. On this seemingly normal Friday night, an important choice must be made: one that could change the course of someone's life forever.
The fact that this is a universal story is the most appealing thing about the book. It also focuses on teenage relationships which are very appealing to middle school and high school aged students. Teenagers often look to movies, tv, and books and apply the lessons or stories they see to their own lives. This book focuses on a love story and various relationships which makes it a very entertaining, yet still educational read, including elements of both drama and comedy which grasp the attention of the target audience. The character development is also very appealing and creates a story that is able to resonate to teenagers.