It is very important for students of these ages to read Gripped Part 2 because it shows the honest truth of the massive drug problem that has risen from this generation. While it may seem from a parent perspective that topics in the novel may be over-exaggerated, that is certainly not the case. In fact, there are many more details in relation to withdrawal and overdose that have yet to be mentioned all because this topic is so thorough and relevant. Overall, while drugs may not be one of the first things you want to teach your child before going to middle/high school, it should be a definite priority considering the significant increase of substance abuse in the 21st century, and Gripped Part 2 effectively puts the problem into perspective.
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...
I would recommend Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told by Stacy A. Padula to people of all ages—but especially to those around a similar age to the characters, which is middle school and high school. The book touches on topics that everyone can relate to in some way, making it versatile enough for everyone to be interested in the story.
Joanna Dakoyannis is a junior at Dover-Sherborn High School. She enjoys creative writing, traveling, going to the gym, running track for her high school team, and cheering on her team at school sporting events. She plans to be a science major in college and hopes to eventually attend dental school. Joanna read Montgomery Lake High #1: The Right Person by Stacy A. Padula and wrote the article below, sharing her honest thoughts and recommendations.
There are a few different storylines running through Gripped Part 1 because it is setting up the rest of the series. What storyline do you find the most interesting and why?I think that the storyline between Cathy and Jason is most compelling to me because of their dual perspective of how they see the drama … Continue reading Looking Ahead to Gripped Part 2 with Kyle Banker
Caitlin Shields, a college freshman, shares why teens should read “The Right Person” by Stacy A. Padula
The Gripped Book Series has an array of main characters, who range in age from twelve to twenty-three. Although they have vastly different struggles, values, and personalities, their lives are indisputably entwined. Kyle Banker, a Communications Intern for the Gripped book series, read "Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told" and shared his insight on the characters. His responses are below:
March 26, 2019, Needham, Massachusetts—Within days of its release, Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told by Stacy A. Padula was ranked by Amazon as the #1 New Release in its category. The Gripped book series was written to educate young adults about the perils of prescription drug abuse. Kyle Banker, a senior at Beaver … Continue reading A Teen’s Review of Stacy Padula’s New Novel “Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told”
Written by Rebecca Ronning of New York, New York The Forces Within by Stacy Padula tells the story of an adventure gone wrong. This book is about a group of teens, just looking to explore their friends summer house and unfortunately getting caught in something much more. The reader learns so much more about characters … Continue reading Why I Couldn’t Stop Reading “The Forces Within” by Rebecca Ronning
On Monday 3/18/19, Author Stacy A. Padula of Plymouth, Massachusetts will be interviewed by Rob Hakala on WATD 95.9's South Shore Morning News about her new young adult book series "Gripped." Within days of its release, "Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told" became the #1 New Release on Amazon Kindle in its category.