Mackenzie Wells Reviews “Gripped 3: The Fallout” by Stacy Padula

By Mackenzie Wells, Athens, GA Gripped Part 3: The Fallout by Stacy Padula is a story about the search for redemption. Chris Dunkin has had his eyes opened to the impact his choices are making on his friends and his own life. Despite his desire to turn his life around, Chris realizes that he isContinue reading “Mackenzie Wells Reviews “Gripped 3: The Fallout” by Stacy Padula”

Mackenzie Wells Reviews “Gripped 2: Blindsided” by Stacy Padula

By Mackenzie Wells, Athens, GA Gripped Part 2: Blindsided by Stacy Padula is a cautionary tale for young adults, but it is also a humanizing story of those who have fallen into bad habits. Eighth graders Chris Dunkin, Cathy Kagelli, and Jason Davids are an integral part of their clique in their community, and areContinue reading “Mackenzie Wells Reviews “Gripped 2: Blindsided” by Stacy Padula”

An Interview with UGA’s Mackenzie Wells on Gripped 1: The Truth We Never Told

Who would you recommend Gripped Part 1 to and why? “Gripped Part 1” by Stacy Padula deals with the stories of young adults navigating the transitions between middle school, high school, and college. I would recommend this book to readers in middle or high school. These books give them a glimpse into how one person’sContinue reading “An Interview with UGA’s Mackenzie Wells on Gripped 1: The Truth We Never Told”

Y.A. Novel Kept Me “Gripped”

Written by Mackenzie Wells, Athens, Georgia Brothers Taylor, Jordan, and Marc Dunkin seem to have it all. They are each incredible athletes and prolific football stars. Both Jordan and Taylor are playing college football, and Marc, a senior in high school, is about to sign with Boston College. However, there is a dark side toContinue reading “Y.A. Novel Kept Me “Gripped””

Y.A. Novel Recommended for Teens Who Have Faced Tragedy

Written by Mackenzie Wells, Athens, Georgia Any teenagers or young adults would benefit from reading “When Darkness Tries to Hide” by Stacy A. Padula. Although the book centers on freshmen in high school, the story is bigger than just their drama. I believe that anyone who has faced a tragic experience will relate to thisContinue reading “Y.A. Novel Recommended for Teens Who Have Faced Tragedy”

Mackenzie Wells of UGA Reviews Stacy Padula’s Montgomery Lake High Book Series

Series Review by Mackenzie Wells, University of Georgia Mackenzie Wells is a senior at the University of Georgia, majoring in English and public relations. She is a leader at the Wesley Foundation at UGA, the community outreach coordinator for UGA’s Undergraduate English Association, and a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America. MackenzieContinue reading “Mackenzie Wells of UGA Reviews Stacy Padula’s Montgomery Lake High Book Series”