“Gripped” Relationships: Luke, Matt, & Jason Davids

We continue our character relationship series with Luke, Matt, and Jason Davids. Matt, the oldest, has his work cut out for him when it comes to looking out for his younger brothers. He frequently takes on the role of a mentor to Jason, whose emotions often cloud his judgement. To Luke, Matt is a trueContinue reading ““Gripped” Relationships: Luke, Matt, & Jason Davids”

“Gripped” Relationships: Jason Davids & 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 sociallyContinue reading ““Gripped” Relationships: Jason Davids & Cathy Kagelli”

Jordan Dunkin, the Black Sheep of “Gripped” or Not?

Article by Michael Farinacci—Medfield, Massachusetts 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 the nation,Continue reading “Jordan Dunkin, the Black Sheep of “Gripped” or Not?”

A Close Look at the Characters in Gripped Part 2: Blindsided

Written by Elizabeth Harvey, Emerson College How has your opinion of Taylor changed from the beginning of the series until the end of book 2? I was happy with the progress Taylor has made that became evident by the end of book 2. Although he still has to figure out many things and relationships inContinue reading “A Close Look at the Characters in Gripped Part 2: Blindsided”

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””

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”

Q&A with Samantha Waxman on Young Adult Novel “The Aftermath” by Stacy Padula

Who do you think could benefit from reading this book and why?

There are lots of ways you could benefit from this book. It shows how you can use your faith (like Jason) to overcome certain difficulties you thought you never could. You can fail before you get it right. I learned even in the darkest of times you still have your friends and family to guide you into the right path.

Young Adult Novel “The Aftermath” Teaches Important Lessons About Friendship

Rebecca read “The Aftermath” by Stacy Padula, which is the third book in the Montgomery Lake High young adult book series. Afterwards, she was asked to answer some questions about the characters and plot in order to give potential readers some background on the novel.

The Aftermath by Stacy Padula is an Encouraging Book for Teens

This book shows readers that times may be tough but you need to push through. With the help of great friends and family supporting you, anything is possible. I believe this book is good for those readers that are struggling with something so similar. It could potentially make them realize this isn’t the path they should be going down. They could have a change of heart or way of life.

A Teen’s Opinion of “The Aftermath” by Stacy A. Padula

“The Aftermath” by Stacy Padula represents party animal Jason David’s’ experience with trying to change for the better in the extremely restricting environment of Montgomery Lake High.

Rebecca Ronning on the Young Adult Novel “When Darkness Tries to Hide” by Stacy Padula

How did your opinion of Jason change as you read the story? Jason changed for the better when he came to realize the benefits that having faith can bring into your life. Faith and spirituality, individual to all and regardless of form, is something one can always return to as a grounding element at timesContinue reading “Rebecca Ronning on the Young Adult Novel “When Darkness Tries to Hide” by Stacy Padula”

A Young Adult Novel that Entertains & Encourages Personal Growth

Written by Rebecca Ronning—NY, NY In the wake of a disaster, it is only natural for communities to come together in an effort to rebuild what was brought down. The residents of Montgomery Lake seemed to take this sentiment to heart in Stacy Padula’s second book, “When Darkness Tries to Hide.” After a devastating tornadoContinue reading “A Young Adult Novel that Entertains & Encourages Personal Growth”

The Perfect Book for Teens Entering High School

This book touches on the struggle to get out of the darkness and back into the light but also the great feeling of having an amazing support system to help you when in need. It makes you feel grateful for the friends you have and makes you want to help others in their times of need.

The Aftermath: Prologue & Chapter 1 (Reading of the Week)

Jason Davids glanced at his bedroom clock. Seven nineteen. Twenty-four hours had passed since one of the darkest moments of his life. He sighed and fell back on his unmade bed. He curled into the fetal position and tried with all of his might to will the horrifying image out of his mind.

He had not slept a wink in thirty-seven hours. He glanced at his clock again. Seven twenty. You can do this Jason, he urged himself silently. Just get up and go. Go tell them the truth. Tell everyone at Alyssa’s party that you found Andy’s body. Tell them that he looked dead. Tell them about the horror in Chantal’s eyes when she came rushing up the stairs. Make sure you tell them that it is entirely your fault.