Dynamic Characters Take Y.A. Readers by Surprise in Stacy Padula’s “Gripped 2: Blindsided”

Mackenzie Wells By Mackenzie Wells, Athens, GA At the very beginning of the first book in Stacy Padula's best-selling young adult series, Gripped, the reader gains a glimpse of where Taylor Dunkin ends up. Without any understanding of who he was before or how he wound up in his current predicament, it was easy to … Continue reading Dynamic Characters Take Y.A. Readers by Surprise in Stacy Padula’s “Gripped 2: Blindsided”

The Benefits of Reading Uncensored Y.A. Novels like “Gripped 2: Blindsided”

Mackenzie Wells By Mackenzie Wells, Athens, GA Most books or T.V. series with a target audience of young teenagers pull back from showing the complete picture of teenage drug use and sexual activity. However, living life without knowing the complete picture and without an understanding of the repercussions can lead to very dangerous decisions. Life … Continue reading The Benefits of Reading Uncensored Y.A. Novels like “Gripped 2: Blindsided”

Gripped 4: The Drama, Mystery, & Uncertainty Kept Me Captivated from Cover to Cover

Isabelle Semas By Isabelle Semas, Massachusetts The drama and mystery of “Gripped Part 4: Smoke & Mirrors” by Stacy A. Padula was engaging. The uncertainty of Taylor Dunkin’s plot mixed with the tension of Jason Davids' and Cathy Kagelli’s storyline had me captivated from cover to cover.  I also enjoyed how this book delved more … Continue reading Gripped 4: The Drama, Mystery, & Uncertainty Kept Me Captivated from Cover to Cover

Isabelle Semas on Gripped 3: The Fallout’s Main Characters

Isabelle Semas By Isabelle Semas, Massachusetts Chris Dunkin’s Journey Chris’s story teaches readers that people can change. He tries to pull his life together and stop making bad decisions. Hopefully, readers will also learn from Chris’s journey about how much of an impact those you choose to be friends with has on you. Chris must distance himself from … Continue reading Isabelle Semas on Gripped 3: The Fallout’s Main Characters

New Young Adult Book Entertains, Educates, & Engages Teens and Parents

Isabelle Semas By Isabelle Semas, Massachusetts The plot of “Gripped Part 3: The Fallout” by Stacy A. Padula handles subjects such as substance abuse and relationship problems, both of which are prevalent in the lives of young adults. This book shows how even those who think they are “experimenting” with drugs can become ensnared in a … Continue reading New Young Adult Book Entertains, Educates, & Engages Teens and Parents

Xaverian Brothers Senior Reviews Stacy Padula’s “Gripped 2: Blindsided”

By Joe Siracusa—Braintree, Massachusetts Joseph Siracusa, Xaverian Brothers High School Class of 2021 The novel Gripped Part 2: Blindsided by Stacy A. Padula portrays the damaged relationships of many characters as a result of drug and alcohol abuse. When Taylor, the older brother of Marc and Jordan, begins to attempt recovering from addiction, he has … Continue reading Xaverian Brothers Senior Reviews Stacy Padula’s “Gripped 2: Blindsided”

Young Adult Book Teaches Teens the Importance of Choosing Relationships Wisely

Isabelle Semas By Isabelle Semas, Massachusetts “Gripped Part 2: Blindsided” by Stacy A. Padula unveils the raw truth behind prescription and recreational drug addiction. These topics—though uncomfortable to speak about with young teens—are far too prevalent in our society to be ignored. The Gripped series portrays exactly how this process takes place through an engaging storyline.  By … Continue reading Young Adult Book Teaches Teens the Importance of Choosing Relationships Wisely

An Enjoyable & Informative Way For Teens to Learn about the Dangers of Drug Abuse

By Joe Siracusa—Braintree, Massachusetts Joseph Siracusa, Xaverian Brothers High School Class of 2021 As seen in “Gripped Part 2: Blindsided” by Stacy A. Padula, drug use and sexual intercourse are very present in high school culture. Reading this book as a senior in high school is a very enjoyable and informative way to learn about … Continue reading An Enjoyable & Informative Way For Teens to Learn about the Dangers of Drug Abuse

Q&A with Samantha Waxman on Stacy Padula’s Novel “When Darkness Tries to Hide”

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”

YA Novel “The Right Person” by Stacy Padula Guides Teens Through the Confusing World of High School

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.