Written by Sophia Coggeshall, South Bend, Indiana “Gripped Part 5: Taylor’s Story” by Stacy Padula is a must read that will constantly keep you at the edge of your seat! The action-packed addition to the Gripped Series simultaneously focuses in on two main storylines: Taylor Dunkin’s conflict in getting out of a dangerous crime ringContinue reading “Marshfield High School Graduate Recommends “Taylor’s Story” to Teens”
As drug use abounds in the series, some characters are trying their best to sober up, while others are getting deeper and deeper into substance abuse. How do you think readers can benefit from reading about Chris’s journey from the beginning of the series until now? Chris’s journey from the beginning of the series untilContinue reading “An Interview with Marshfield’s Sophia Coggeshall on the “Gripped” Series”
Written by Sophia Coggeshall, Marshfield, Massachusetts By reading Gripped Part 3: The Fallout by Stacy A. Padula, tweens and teens can learn about the detrimental effects that come as a result of experimenting with dangerous substances such as Adderall, acid, and others that are mentioned in the novel. Although the substances that are prevalent inContinue reading ““Gripped 3: The Fallout” Can Open Parents’ Eyes to Important Teenage Issues”
Written by Sophia Coggeshall, Marshfield, MA Gripped Part 3: The Fallout is the third book in Stacy Padula’s Gripped series and is equally important as the first two books for today’s generation of teens and young adults to read. This addition to the captivating series continues the various storylines of characters in Montgomery Lake whoContinue reading ““Gripped 3” is Another Must-Read for Middle School & High School Students”
From reading Gripped Part 2: Blindsided, kids can learn how one seemingly harmless decision can lead to a series of drastic, uncontrollable consequences. Not only does the book reveal the dangerous, addictive effects that drugs have on teenagers, but it also reveals how drugs can cause both relationship and mental health problems as many of the characters in the novel become distant with their friends and family and suffer from extreme anxiety as a result of the drugs they have become entangled in.
As a young adult, I can relate to Gripped by Stacy A. Padula because I have witnessed firsthand some of the same issues within my own high school and friend group that the characters in the story have been through. I am at an age where the curiosity of experimentation along with peer pressure drive people to try things and do things that often lead to difficult and even dangerous consequences, and I have seen how one bad decision can lead to an immense amount of turmoil, as experienced by several of the characters in Gripped.
Once I started reading the book, it was incredibly hard to put down for it is made up of a number of different storylines, ranging from the story of the football star, Taylor Dunkin, who throws his chances of being in the NFL away as he becomes involved in the growing opioid epidemic, to the stories of several different couples who face immense difficulties as they become entangled in drugs and alcohol.