Michael Farinacci By Michael Farinacci, University of Notre Dame I recommend "Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors" by Stacy Padula to all high-schoolers, as well as their parents. The topics covered in “Gripped 4” are real problems that are found in every high school across America. High-schoolers should read the novel to understand the precursors to … Continue reading University of Notre Dame Freshman Shares Why Parents Should Read Stacy Padula’s “Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors”
Michael Farinacci By Michael Farinacci, University of Notre Dame In Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors by Stacy Padula, I loved the multiple, intertwining storylines. It seemed as if every time a question was answered, at least two more questions arose due. The book also contained lots of action and different scenes, which made it a … Continue reading The Flashbacks Kept Me Gripped – “Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors”
Michael Farinacci By Michael Farinacci, Medfield, Massachusetts, University of Notre Dame The Gripped book series by Stacy Padula offers great insight for parents and teens into the complex years of high school and college. In the Gripped series many of the characters do “not fit the description of a drug addict at all – except … Continue reading Michael Farinacci Gives “Gripped 4: Smoke & Mirrors” a 10 out of 10
Article by Michael Farinacci—Medfield, Massachusetts Michael Farinacci 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 … Continue reading Jordan Dunkin, the Black Sheep of “Gripped” or Not?
Gripped Part 3: The Fallout touches upon the use of Adderall, acid, marijuana, alcohol, and Xanax. For that reason, parents may not want their children to read the novel. However, the author feels there is much to be learned.
Written by Michael Farinacci of St. Sebastian's School Gripped Part 3: The Fallout is yet another great addition to the Gripped book series. The book tackles many complex issues including substance abuse, relationships, and the difficult time that is high school and middle school. The story follows many different storylines, which not only makes the … Continue reading New Teen Series Educates Readers About The Root Causes of Substance Abuse
It is important for all high school and middle school aged kids to read this book, as it is very likely that they will run into a similar situation at some point in the middle and high school lives.
One of the main benefits of reading Gripped part 2, and the entire Gripped series is that the book not only shows the horrors of substance abuse, but shows the buildup to substance abuse. Most likely, an addiction is not formed by one singular decision. Gripped part 2, does a great job of showing not only the worst day, but the first day.
We will be donating 50% of July’s proceeds from Gripped Part 2: Blindsided to a Boston-based rescue that saves dogs from high-kill shelters throughout the Unites States. The cause is near and dear to our hearts because Baxter is a rescue, after all! To date, Last Hope K9 Rescue has saved the lives of over 7,600 dogs!
Last month, Michael Farinacci of Medfield, Massachusetts—a junior at St. Sebastian's School—read and reviewed Gripped Part 1 by Stacy Padula: the first installment in a young adult book series that highlights the perils of prescription drug abuse. Before beginning to read Gripped Part 2, Michael answered a couple questions about what he was most looking forward to uncovering in the next installment.