After Alex Died [NOOK Book]

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"Don't be someone who defines her life by someone else's death."

Dee Dee DeMarco's brother, Alex, was funny, free-spirited and creative. He was also gay. Tormented by bullies, Alex killed himself on his 15th birthday.

Two years later, and now in college, Dee Dee believes getting a summer job working with a college-prep program for disadvantaged high school students is a stroke of luck, until she discovers that the guy assigned to co-lead her group is Cameron Connelly, a star ...

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After Alex Died

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Overview

"Don't be someone who defines her life by someone else's death."

Dee Dee DeMarco's brother, Alex, was funny, free-spirited and creative. He was also gay. Tormented by bullies, Alex killed himself on his 15th birthday.

Two years later, and now in college, Dee Dee believes getting a summer job working with a college-prep program for disadvantaged high school students is a stroke of luck, until she discovers that the guy assigned to co-lead her group is Cameron Connelly, a star basketball player and one of the bullies who tormented her brother to death. How can Dee Dee possibly spend the entire summer working so closely with one of the boys she blames for her brother's death?

AUTHOR'S NOTE: As a person who lost a loved one (my dad) to suicide this novel means a lot to me. The story is a romance, but it's also about the healing power of love. I think this is a little story with a lot of heart. I hope you think so, too!

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044662810
  • Publisher: Short on Time Books
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 11,584
  • File size: 180 KB

Meet the Author

Romance novelist, Dakota Madison, has been writing since she learned to read and fell in love with books. When she's not at her computer creating spicy stories, Dakota is traveling to exotic locales or spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

    This book really hit home with me. Being someone who was torment

    This book really hit home with me. Being someone who was tormented by bullies all throughout High School. I identified with some of what Alex went through, as no bullying experience is the same for anyone I know I didn’t go through things to the extent that he did but I was looking for the same end result as he did. Thankfully I had the support group I needed and I wasn’t afraid to talk about it. This story takes you through the Journey of Dee Dee as she learns to cope with life after her brother’s death.
    Dee Dee is still tormented with the images of her brother at his death and with the thoughts of what brought him to that point. She is incased and hidden inside her shell of despair and pain to keep people from getting close. She hasn’t truly faced her demons or learned to cope with what she saw and lived through.
    Cameron is going through the motions of living. He can’t get what he caused off of his mind. Nor what he lost, Everything. He had such a bright future but peer pressure and the need to fit in ruined it all. Now he is trying to get some semblance of his former self back. When he gets put to work with the girl he irrevocably hurt he doesn’t know what to do. Trying to come back from the edge is so difficult. Could he do it?
    This book addressed how bullying not only effects the person being tormented, but also family, friends, the bully themselves, the community and sometimes even the Nation. One wrong choice can change everything……for everyone.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2013

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    After Alex Died by Dakota Madison Dakota Madison has written a

    After Alex Died by Dakota Madison

    Dakota Madison has written a story around a topic that we are all quite aware of in today’s society. Bullying!

    Now the story is fiction so of course there are some things that may have happened a little too fast around the romance part of the story. But in saying that I think the situation warrant’s itself to get some major points across to the reader.

    Deedee DeMarco is a young woman who just completed her first year of college and is pretty much broken. Her brother Alex committed suicide and Deedee is still grieving the loss of her brother and is struggling to move forward. Dealing with so many different issues herself. Besides losing her brother it appears she has lost herself, parents and friends. Truly feeling alone in the world.

    Now this story shows so many sides to how bullying affects everyone to Alex, Deedee, parents, friends and even the bully at times.

    I have to give Dakota Madison high praise for writing this story as she brings up so many issues facing so many young people today. Being gay, lonely, grief, suicide and living your life after the loss of a family member and moving forward.

    I have rated After Alex a 4 star rating and want to say that anyone reading this review should defiantly buy this book.

    I received After Alex free in exchange for an honest review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2013

    A wonderful written story ripped right from the news headlines t

    A wonderful written story ripped right from the news headlines today! Very thought provoking way to approach Bullying, suicide, Gay issues, sexual abuse, forgiveness and romance. Characters are all believable,leaves you wanting more. Emotional read from the beginning for sure! My first book from this author and hope to read more in the future! Great for older teens and adults.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2015

    Wow

    This book is so moving! I had no idea that stuff like that could happen. I recomend the booknto anyone. Wow. Just Wow.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2014

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    Given To Me For An Honest Review After Alex Died by Dakota Madi

    Given To Me For An Honest Review

    After Alex Died by Dakota Madison is a HAVE to read. This book will grab you from the beginning and will not let you go until the very end.
      Before you know it, you'll see the pages turn and turn and turn some more.  The main characters are Dee Dee, Alex and Cameron.  Alex
     was 15 and he was gay.  Cameron and his friends along with others harassed him and bullied him immensely and one day Dee Dee walked
     into his room and found him dead.  He had hung himself because he couldn't take it anymore. Both Dee Dee and Cameron are still suffering
     from the suicide of Alex, in different ways but still suffering.  This book is a great book to read if you have ever experienced depression or
     thought about suicide or know of anyone who has.  It doesn't only affect the person who dies but it affects so many others.  I read this book
     in one afternoon, it's that good.  I gave this book 5 stars but it deserves more than 10+ stars because it's that good.  I highly recommend
     this book to everyone.  This would be a great addition to anyone's bookshelf.  I look for more by Dakota Madison.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2014

    good book

    thought this was a very good book especially for anyone who has dealt with these issues

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    Hello

    Don't need to read the book, just read the reviews.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

    There is a very natural, mellow flow to this story that makes a

    There is a very natural, mellow flow to this story that makes a shocking counterpoint to the intense and deep subject matter of the novel.  They combine to create an enjoyable yet thought provoking read that will keep you captivated.  Madison approaches a very difficult and at times controversial subject with tact and class to provide a platform for conversation and understanding.  This novel is intense in a hard hitting, real life way.

    Madison lays all of the background information out for you in a logical manner while keeping you in the present day and allowing you to immerse yourself in this world.  All of the plays on words that the author works into this novel really draw your attention to certain aspects of the novel and the characters without stopping the flow of the novel.  

    Madison makes very good use of writing in the 1st person to draw you in and let you get to know the more intimate parts of the main character.  The number of intense situations worked into the lives of this cast is astounding.  They all seem realistic too.  Nothing is forced or over the top, just heart wrenching.  Also, the unique yet straightforward and natural character names make everyone stand out.

    Overall this was a quick and enjoyable read even if the subject matter is quite tough at times.  There are a lot of life lessons wrapped up in a captivating package.  This is a heart wrenching novel that will take you through the ringer but that will also let you see the hope and joy in life.  

    Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

    New Adult is a brand new genre that's being embraced by book lov

    New Adult is a brand new genre that's being embraced by book lovers everywhere. It's age appropriate for readers seventeen and over because of its mature language and subject matter, but it packs a lot of heart, and passion. This story may hit home for many readers because it's modern, and involves issues surrounding the death of a gay, young man. Sadly, we hear about bullying stories like these on the news, or from a friend, and they are horrific to listen to each and every time. But, Madison approaches the topic gingerly, yet with enough force to catch our attention. The characters who occupy this thought-provoking tale are well-developed and likeable, and become animated with each flip of the page. And, the storyline isn't rushed, which gives us plenty of time to digest this story which focuses on family, forgiveness and love. The ending seemed to leave room for a sequel, and many will hope to expect more creations from this gifted author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2014

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    Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite After Alex Die

    Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

    After Alex Died by Dakota Madison is a story about how bullying can actually affect someone so badly that he decides to take his own life. Alex was a jovial and happy fifteen-year-old who was gay. He was also Dee Dee DeMarco's brother. Being harassed and taunted by bullies, Alex ends his life on his fifteenth birthday. Two years later, Dee Dee takes up a summer job of working with disadvantaged high school students. The guy assigned to co-lead the group is Cameron Connelly. Will Dee Dee be able to work with him as she knows he is one of the bullies she holds responsible for her brother's death.

    The book strikes a chord within you because bullying can prove to be detrimental to one's psyche as in this story. Children indulge in bullying many times due to peer pressure, without realizing the consequences of their actions. There is a lot of grief, remorse, and regret happening in the story. The character of Dee Dee is powerfully presented. Hers is an emotional character of anger, grief, and forgiveness. The innumerable shades in her characterization is very effective. Cameron's remorse and guilt touches your heart.

    The theme of the book is plausible and it works well in current times. The book ends on a positive note of healing and forgiveness. The writing is concise and neat. The author has done an excellent job in addressing an issue that is happening around us and is relevant in today's society.

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  • Posted September 28, 2013

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    The Goodreads page for this book has an author's note that says

    The Goodreads page for this book has an author's note that says she thinks After Alex Died is a little story with a lot of heart. She hit the nail on the head. It touched on a the incredibly tough topic of bullying and the tragedies that occur when someone is pushed to their breaking point. While it dealt with difficult topics, it did so in a way that wasn't hard to read. There were some scenes that were harder to handle than others, but it was an easy read overall.

    ***“Don’t be someone who defines her life by someone else’s death.”***

    Dee Dee is dealing with the tragic loss of her brother Alex. Alex committed suicide on his 15th birthday after having been tormented by bullies because he was gay. After two years, Dee Dee still hasn't moved on from the loss. She misses him every day. She gets a summer job working with disadvantaged high school students and is finally excited about something. Until, that is, she discovers she will be working very closely with Cameron Connelly, one of her brother's tormenters.

    As she begins working with Cameron, she realizes there just may be more there than meets the eye. They begin to get closer and the guilt Dee Dee feels for befriending and ultimately having feelings for one of the guys she blames for her brother's suicide is enormous. When she finds out what has happened in Cameron's life as a result of the bullying, she begins to feel perhaps she underestimated him. This doesn't make her feelings any less confusing though.

    Dee Dee and Cameron have both dealt with an incredible amount of pain at their young age. Their confusion and guilt leaps off the pages, as does the chemistry they have with each other. They were both easily-relatable characters. For a novel as short as this was, they were both well-developed and complex. The storyline kept me guessing and made me teary-eyed a couple times. I thought this was a wonderful book about how bullying and suicide affects those left behind.

    **I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

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    Posted October 31, 2014

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