Teenage Author Isabelle Semas Recommends Y.A. Suspense Novel

By Isabelle Semas, South Shore, Massachusetts Taylor Dunkin, former football star, is attempting to escape the drug distributing ring he is entangled in.  His life has been ruined by addiction, and he is ready to change.  Just when Taylor begins to work with police, he goes missing.  As his family members and friends piece togetherContinue reading “Teenage Author Isabelle Semas Recommends Y.A. Suspense Novel”

Isabelle Semas on the “Gripped 5” Characters

By Isabelle Semas, South Shore, Massachusetts After reading Gripped Part 5: Taylor’s Story by Stacy Padula, teen best-selling author Isabelle Semas was asked to share how her opinion of the main characters has changed throughout the story. Taylor At first, I thought Taylor was an evil, heartless person.  As the series has gone on, IContinue reading “Isabelle Semas on the “Gripped 5” Characters”

Teen Author Isabelle Semas Recommends “Taylor’s Story” to Her Peers

By Isabelle Semas, Massachusetts Based on the content of this book, I would recommend Gripped 5: Taylor’s Story to college and high school students. The topics introduced, as well as the ages of the characters, would be most applicable to that audience.  That being said, people of many ages will enjoy the mystery and drama withinContinue reading “Teen Author Isabelle Semas Recommends “Taylor’s Story” to Her Peers”

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

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 make assumptionsContinue 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”

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 does notContinue 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

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 into theContinue reading “Gripped 4: The Drama, Mystery, & Uncertainty Kept Me Captivated from Cover to Cover”

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

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 those whoContinue reading “Isabelle Semas on Gripped 3: The Fallout’s Main Characters”

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

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 serious addiction,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 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 to also deal with the drug epidemic he hasContinue reading “Xaverian Brothers Senior Reviews Stacy Padula’s “Gripped 2: Blindsided””

Young Adult Book Teaches Teens the Importance of Choosing Relationships Wisely

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 reading thisContinue reading “Young Adult Book Teaches Teens the Importance of Choosing Relationships Wisely”