Gripped - Part 1: The Truth We Never Told

Gripped - Part 1: The Truth We Never Told

by Stacy A. Padula


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In high school, Taylor Dunkin broke more records than any other athlete to step foot in Montgomery, Massachusetts. As a sophomore in college, he was ranked by ESPN as one of the NFL’s top 100 prospects. However, his aspirations came to a jarring halt when a knee injury and two surgeries left him sidelined.

One year later, Taylor is a person of interest in a highly confidential investigation headed by the Boston Police Department. He has entangled himself in a crime ring notorious for pushing opiates, cocaine, and benzodiazepines on local college campuses.

When Taylor’s younger brother Marc discovers that Taylor is behind the copious drug supply circulating around Montgomery Lake High School, he sets off to not only reverse the damage Taylor has caused, but also save his lifelong role model from becoming a casualty of America’s deadly opioid epidemic.

About the Author: A Plymouth, Massachusetts native and college counselor, Stacy A. Padula published her first novel The Right Person in 2010, followed by When Darkness Tries to Hide, The Aftermath, The Battle for Innocence, and The Forces Within. In 2018, she was inducted into Marquis Who’s Who in America for excellence in literature and education. She wrote the Gripped book series to educate readers on how “it” happens—how good kids become drug addicts, how harmless fun can turn into a life-threatening addiction, and how people can pick up the pieces of their lives and recover from such a horrific epidemic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949483888
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Pages: 186
Sales rank: 167,044
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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Gripped - Part 1: The Truth We Never Told 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
The novel Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told, by Stacy Padula is book that I could not be put down due to its unique character web and thorough storyline. It addresses the problem of addiction within teenagers from a variety of situations, such as affecting a potential professional football player named Taylor Dunkin. Taylor is helped by other characters such as his brother Marc to move past his troubles with drug abuse after being prescribed painkillers after surgery. Along with this, multiple relationships are created that are also affected in some way by drugs, specifically targeting the partnership of Chantal and Jon. As a result, two outliers, Cathy and Jason, bond together to avoid being impacted by the same problems while also maintaining a healthy relationship. Through this, they both continually help their friends and family to return Montgomery to the socially-active and safe place that it used to be. This book is a quick read that is perfect for Middle School and High School students, while also being very applicable to adults wanting to know more about teenage drug abuse. This book introduces the consequences that come with taking drugs, and this could hopefully reduce the likelihood of students utilizing drugs throughout their education; this is very important considering the steep increase of drug usage in the United States. In all, I rate this book a 5/5 and would recommend reading it. I loved this book both because it was powerful and thorough, yet easy to follow.
AvanderVeer 11 months ago
Gripped 1 is a page turner. It shows how the characters started with substance abuse. It’s well written and the different storylines care easy to follow. These storylines make it the page tuner it is. I can’t wait for the next part of Gripped ! After this one I started reading the MLH series to get to know the characters more. I Gripped is a great read even when English isn’t your native language.
Anonymous 8 months ago
The book Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told by Stacy Padula, allows readers to learn from the mistakes of the young and naive characters. It shows how entangled young adults can get in drugs and alcohol, and the consequences that come with them. When relationships are ruined due to the mistakes the teens have made, many of them question their actions, and if it is worth the loss of friends and family. Gripped Part 1 will show young adults how easy it is to succumb to peer pressure and how it can ruin relationships. This book teaches valuable lessons to anyone struggling with addiction or who is faced with decisions posed by people who may be negative influences. It also shows how faith in God can help to bring teens out of situations if they need someone to turn to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you don't want your kid to experiment with pills, buy this book for them!
Boston_Mama More than 1 year ago
My favorite of Stacy Padula's books yet! I read all of her other books and this one sheds a lot of light on the characters in the Montgomery Lake High book series because its spans 2 years of time. I recommend people read the Montgomery Lake High books either before or after this because they compliment each other so well. This book is a game changer!!
Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Gripped #1 is a page turner filled with rich experiences true to modern day teen culture. Through the experiences of the characters, you gain a solid understanding of the havoc prescription drugs can wreak on people's lives, as well as many reasons why kids begin experimenting with them in the first place. The characters are very three dimensional and real. I recommend this book to teen and adults. Looking forward to Gripped #2!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Gripped Part 1 by Stacy Padula tells the gripping story of a star student-athlete who let a mere setback turn into a major addiction. It exemplifies the importance of understanding that nobody is safe from drug abuse, not even the classic golden child, and expresses the unfortunately realistic young ages at which this abuse starts. This book is also a very good example of the ways in which others are affected by one person's irresponsible actions. I would highly suggest Gripped to anybody in high school, as it is an extremely good resource in seeing just how large of an effect your actions have on your future.
Michael Farinacci 9 months ago
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. This story is perfect for Middle School and High School students, as it is a quick read, and deals with many of the issues that they may face. The book offers not only a warning against drug abuse, but also has the ability to teach many life lessons and guide a young adult through the tumultuous times that are Middle School and High School. This book is a must read for all Young Adults, and I would easily rate it a 5/5.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told by Stacy A. Padula is an essential book for both parents and teens alike to read. The book follows multiple characters through a fast-paced and impossible to put down storyline that dives into the subject matter of addiction, specifically teenage drug abuse. The story begins with Taylor Dunkin, a college-aged football player, who has excellent NFL potential. Taylor has fallen victim to a sports-related injury and subsequent surgery and is prescribed painkillers, a medicine which ultimately causes more harm than good for Taylor, his family, and friends; an unfortunate, but an all too common occurrence that has ramifications that begin to impact the greater community of Montgomery. Taylor’s story intersects with other characters throughout the book, such as his younger brother Marc and their immediate family and takes us back in time in order to better understand Jon and Chantal’s relationship and Cathy and Jason’s relationship respectively. The characters have varied experiences with drug and alcohol use at a young age, but these substances still have a severe impact on the future of all characters. This story is perfect for Middle School and High School students, as well as their parents. It is an educational, yet entertaining narrative that highlights the growing problem of addiction in the U.S and just how easy it is for harmless fun to take a dark turn, regardless of who you are or where you come from.
Tim O'Halloran More than 1 year ago
Great book! Fantastic read for all high school students