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The Side Door

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  4 reviews

On her first day of high school, fifteen-year-old Melrose Bird, a.k.a. Mel, sees a woman on a park bench staring at Drift High School where her teenage son, Alex Weber, died five years ago.

Alex Weber's death has never been discussed in the town or at the school. But Mel and her best friend Frank become obsessed with Alex's grave and consumed by the why of his suicide. When

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by Spinsters Ink (first published July 10th 2010)
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Jessika
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I went through all sort of emotions reading this book. 20 years ago I might have had a different opinion and reaction towards someone close to me coming out as gay, lesbian or bisexual or transgender. These days I have a different vision and a different opinion about it. I see people who are desperate to be authentic in a world where being authentic is frown upon.
They are courageous, beautiful and just like any of us don't want to feel alone. Secrets are dangerous and like one of the characters
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Leslie Salley
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this aloud to Witt Salley when he was in a coma, and when I finished, I was at Thai Spice, across from the hospital, waiting for my friends to join me. Tears were pooling in my eyes, and JF came in, sat down, saw me crying and (naturally) assumed I was upset about Witt. I was, really, but I was also upset about this novel.

It's a great story of putting together the pieces of a mystery while dealing with the constant reminder that being who we are is such a challenge when it isn't who ever
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Byron
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-recommended
Jan Donley has written a gorgeous story about find yourself, accepting yourself, accepting others and standing up for what's right - all when your a teenager. I hope that this book is added to reading list's and librarys around the world so that people can see the talent that is displayed in the clever characters created. This book shared equal top place in my 2010 reading.

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Jan 25, 2016 is currently reading it
This book is very interesting. Its about a guy girl and boy in high school trying to find more about a suicide of a boy who killed himself at the park across the street a few years earlier. The book is very suspenseful and will keep you guessing.
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