Written by Megan Farinacci, Medfield, MAThe book Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told by Stacy Padula is an eye opening novel that touches on the important issue of drug abuse among teens. Taylor Dunkin, a former all-star athlete at Montgomery High and quarterback for Northeastern's football team, struggles with a painkiller addiction. Ultimately, … Continue reading Megan Farinacci Reviews “The Truth We Never Told”
Written by John Savage, Weymouth, Massachusetts As a senior in high school, I relate to Stacy Padula's novel Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told. To an extent, I have seen what drugs can do to people and athletes, specifically. I also know and understand the ins-and-outs of what it’s like to be in … Continue reading Weymouth High School Senior Recommends This Y.A. Book to Teens Across America
Written by Megan Farinacci, Medfield, MA As a young adult reading Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told, I related to the constant pressure of society. Peer pressure is an issue that almost all young adults face, and it can be extremely harmful to the development of teenagers. As shown in Stacy Padula's novel, … Continue reading Debut Novel of Y.A. Book Series Addresses the Pressures & Temptations Plaguing Today’s Teenagers
Kyle graduated from Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill in 2019. His favorite subjects include Biology, English, and Entrepreneurship. Some of his hobbies are playing soccer and hockey, volunteering, and being with friends and family. Kyle is now studying Biological Sciences at the University of Miami. Written by Kyle Banker, University of Miami The … Continue reading The Battle for Innocence
Caitlin Shields, a college freshman, shares why teens should read “The Right Person” by Stacy A. Padula
“The Aftermath” by Stacy Padula represents party animal Jason David's’ experience with trying to change for the better in the extremely restricting environment of Montgomery Lake High.
Samantha is a senior at Oliver Ames High School in Easton, MA. Some of her hobbies include cheering for her high school’s team, hanging out with friends, and spending time with her dog Rosie. Samantha’s favorite subject in school is history, and she is excited to start her senior year. October 25, 2018—Easton, Massachusetts 1. … Continue reading Q&A with Samantha Waxman on Stacy Padula’s Novel “When Darkness Tries to Hide”
Rebecca Ronning, New York, NY Rebecca is a junior at Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, New York. As a city kid, some of her hobbies include riding the subway and exploring the city with friends, making all kinds of art and traveling with her family and experiencing new and exciting things along the way. What … Continue reading Rebecca Ronning on “The Right Person” by Stacy Padula
This book touches on the struggle to get out of the darkness and back into the light but also the great feeling of having an amazing support system to help you when in need. It makes you feel grateful for the friends you have and makes you want to help others in their times of need.
Going into your first year of high school is a historically stressful, confusing, scary experience. Surrounded by new faces, new perspectives, and new ideas, it is easy for a young impressionable teenager to be tempted to go against their morals and change themselves in an effort to fit in and make a good impression on their classmates, even if they know it’s not the right thing to do. The Right Person, by Stacy Padula, perfectly represents this internal conflict by entering the minds of a group of incoming freshman at Montgomery Lake High as they come across new obstacles in their social lives, much unlike what they experienced in middle school.