Gripped Part 2: Blindsided by Stacy A. Padula is a young adult fiction novel about football, relationships, and teenage substance abuse. It is the sequel to Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told, which was released earlier this year and quickly became the #1 New Release on Amazon Kindle in its genre. Blindsided is now available for pre-order through Barnes & Noble ( at a special discounted rate.

Editorial Reviews

Gripped Part 2: Blindsided guides the reader through a thrilling narrative, expertly utilizing flashbacks to demonstrate a complete picture of just how devastating and far-reaching substance abuse can impact not just an individual, but entire families and communities. It is an essential book for kids and parents alike as it transports the reader into the mind of middle school age students and young adults, through the characters as they deal with extremely relevant topics and situations that all students will have to navigate through at some point during their teenage years.” – Elizabeth Harvey, Syracuse University

Gripped Part 2: Blindsided is an engaging and easy read that is ideal for middle school and high school students, while also being very applicable to adults wanting to know more about teenage drug abuse. It shows the efforts that are needed to even attempt to overcome an addiction, which is shown to be extremely hard to complete. This would hopefully influence Padula’s target audience to avoid using drugs in order to prevent going through this tough and painful process. In all, I rate this book a 5/5.” – Kyle Banker, Beaver Country Day School

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