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
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.
Michael Farinacci, a junior at St. Sebastian's School in Needham, Massachusetts, read and reviewed Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told—the first book in a young adult series that examines the perils of prescription drug abuse amongst teenagers. After reading the novel, he was asked a series of questions about its main characters. His responses are below.
The book Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told investigates the complicated social lives of young adults ranging from middle-school to college. The story follows numerous people throughout their lives outside of school and demonstrates how difficult decision can be for young adults, and the consequences that these decisions have. The book deals with drug abuse, relationships, and the effects of miscommunication as it follows the lives of the children from Montgomery Lake, while brilliantly setting up the rest of the series.
Although this book should be read by everybody, I would highly recommend Gripped Part 1 to anybody who is either in middle school or high school. The conflicts that occur in the story are almost identical to what happens in a real high school or middle school...