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After Alex Died

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  27 reviews
“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
Paperback, 216 pages
Published July 19th 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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3 Stars! GAAAAAAAHHH!!! Really?!?!

...I wanted to rip my hair out and throw my precious Kip across the room, but I didn't. There was perfectly good story here and I was so absorbed and impressed with how the author wrapped a romance around terrible circumstances, where a love story might otherwise not be possible. It was working, very well I might add, DeeDee and Cameron just needed to work figure it out, forgive, understand each other and then 87% she adds the extra,
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

And how long are you going to be someone who defines her life by someone else's death?

The author is so right - After Alex Died is a short story with a whole lot of heart. Unexpectedly, the story had touched me - it made me sad, angry, hopeful, and inspired. This was not your ordinary love story, ladies and gentleman - before you know it, Dakota Madison will creep her way into your hearts, because this story will make you FEEL.

How can something short
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
A 4 star review that should have been a 5 if author had left well enough alone with original drama of bullying leading to suicide and its lasting effects on all involved, including the bullies. a story of love, hate, anger, forgiveness, despair and all emotions in between. it really highlights just how huge a problem bullying is and how easy it is to miss the signs in our own loved ones because they are embarrassed or afraid to speak of it. We as a society need to understand teasing is normal ...more
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: quickie-read
I give this 3.5-4 stars. I think the relationship that ensues happens pretty quickly. Not sure if people can get past things like that. The story made me want to keep reading.
Rose Maniscalco
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a quick read about a girl whose life falls apart after her brother, Alex, commits suicide. Her parents divorce, her mom decides to sell the house and get a 1 bedroom condo with no room for Dee Dee and her Dad remarries.

She gets a summer job that includes room and board, since she has no place to live over the summer break. The first day there she comes face to face with one of the jocks who tormented her brother for being gay. His name is Cameron and she tries to avoid him at all costs.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In case you forgot the title...

Let's start off by saying that the book was ok. I just think that there were so many holes in the story. The two main characters got attached so quickly, and then boom - drama! It felt like the author could have gone further with the story without rushing it. And as for my headline... "after Alex died" was repeated so much I was thinking to myself "we all know that Alex has died!" Please refrain from saying it so much! Geez!
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Kirsty Bicknell
After Alex Died is a story which resonated with me immediately, my 9 year old son having been the victim of bullies at his mainstream school because of his learning difficulties, to the extent to which he self-harmed.
Although Dakota Madison is obviously communicating emotions through Dee Dee, our fictional main character, the book still ends up being a very true and honest account of those left behind after a family member commits suicide. Dakota Madison ensures that the reader can identify with
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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 ...more
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
The storyline of this book was not overly believable, but it worked for the story. I like how Dakota Madison portrayed the character of Dee Dee throughout the book and how she shows the gradual change as Dee Dee begins to let go of her past in order to live her future.

The biggest problem with this story, and the reason I couldn’t give it five stars, was the constant grammar and typing errors. It was as if this was a first draft, certainly not ready for the public to read. The errors were
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Received a copy from the goodreads giveaway.

I greatly enjoyed reading this book. It touches on a subject that too often people overlook, what the effects of a suicide due to bullying are on the people still alive. Most people's entire focus is on how horrible the circumstances were that led to the suicide and how tragic it is that that young person will never get to experience so much of life. But what about the feelings of those who knew the person, loved the person? What about the bullies
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Disclaimer: I downloaded a free copy of the book from in exchange for an honest review.

After Alex Died deals with important issues of intolerance, false perceptions, bullying, suicide, and forgiveness to name but a few. Despite all the heavy subjects, the writing was well done and the book was a quick read.

Told through the voice of Deedee de Marco, the sister of a young suicide, the characters are all well developed. It is easy to sympathize with the characters in the book as we
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I was first done reading I initially gave it just 1 star added the 2nd star because of the subject matter is awesome. And to be honest if reviewing this was solely based off of subject alone it's a 5 all the way. I should have been able to feel every single emotions for Dee Dee and Carmen but it was the opposite. I never felt anything for the relationship that they decided to start. And I really wanted to feel then fall in love. The situation with both sets of parents needs to really be ...more
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a very powerful book. I wasn't expecting much more than a depressed girl trying to find solace after her brother's death. This was so much more! It's about forgiveness and finding oneself again after being so lost and alone. Fully recommend the book.

*does have language and sexual content-be warned
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
this book left me a little confused. It dealt with heavy topic and most part it was good. It was handling bretty good the not so pleasant topics of bullying and suicide which are part of todays school world. It is also book about forgivness and second chances. I also partly understand the hard drama just before the end but I think the story would have been better without it.
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
very well written, very emotional throughout the whole story! A story ripped right from the headlines today about bullying, Suicide, ans forgiveness. Leaves you feeling everyone of characters and their stories. A deep insight to young people. I really enjoyed it!!
Jessica Espinosa
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read

I loved how the author was able to incorporate two very important topics in today's world. It was a little predictable in my point of view where the story lead however I still enjoyed the read.
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written story of loss, love and forgiveness. I think it sends the right message.
I only have one thing more I would have liked in the book. It has to do with Cameron towards the end and what he did. I felt that part needed to be a delved into more.
Howard Katzoff
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

very absorbing and exciting.Although it was a story about young adults, it was really well written and totally engrossing. I'd recommend it to older teens up to 70-maybe even 80.
Theresa Parker
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story on a serious,subject

good read on a serious subject hits home ...
she captures the feelings of suicide survivors ..Seems like she had first hand knowledge
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story will make you angry, it will make you cry and it will make you believe in second chances...

Well done, Dakota!
Elizabeth L. Macon
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I really liked this book. I thought it was a classic cheesy romance novel. That said, it was interesting enough to keep me coming back for more.
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was scared to read it, afraid of the emotions it might bring, but i am glad i did it. It is an amazing story.
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USA TODAY Bestselling author Dakota Madison is known for writing new adult, love in midlife, and contemporary romance with a little spice and lots of heart. Dakota is a winner of the prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small Publishing Industry. When she's not at her computer creating spicy stories Dakota likes to spend time with her husband and their bloodhounds. Dakota also ...more