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
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
By Jennifer O'Sullivan, Boston College Jennifer O'Sullivan 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 … Continue reading The Mystery & Crime in Stacy Padula’s New Y.A. Thriller “Smoke & Mirrors” is Captivating Teen Readers
Jennifer O'Sullivan 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. … Continue reading Jennifer O’Sullivan Recommends “Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors” by Stacy Padula
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.
Article by Jennifer O'Sullivan, Dover, Massachusetts Jennifer O'Sullivan In Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told, by Stacy A. Padula, Taylor Dunkin plays a major role. In the novel, I found the storyline about him and the Boston police department to be the most interesting. To me, Taylor seemed like a really nice, smart, … Continue reading The Good & The Bad: Gripped’s Protagonist Taylor Dunkin
Article by Jennifer O'Sullivan, Dover, Massachusetts In Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told, the characters are compelling and easy to relate to. In Stacy A. Padula’s other book series, Montgomery Lake High, Cathy Kagelli is portrayed as a toxic girl who is rude, coldhearted and manipulative. Gripped Part 1 flashes back to Cathy’s … Continue reading A Look at Cathy, Jon, and Chantal in Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told
Article by Jennifer O'Sullivan, Dover, Massachusetts I would recommend Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told by Stacy A. Padula to young adults, especially those who are in high school or are part of a friend group that likes to party with substances involved. I think that this book really shows how easy it … Continue reading A Book Series All Teens Should Start Reading
The Forces Within, the 5th book in Stacy Padula’s Montgomery Lake High series, tells a story of how Satan can enter the lives of people who are not strong in their faith and ruin friendships with the people who matter most. I think that people who feel jealous or scared in their lives should read this book, because it reveals reasons as to why this might be happening.
Article by Jennifer O'Sullivan of Dover-Sherborn High School Instagram @jds_on 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 … Continue reading Jennifer O’Sullivan on Jason Davids, Protagonist of “The Aftermath”