After Alex Died
by Dakota Madison
Genre: New Adult
“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: I think this is a little story with a lot of heart. I hope you think so, too!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
About the Author:
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 new romances, Dakota is traveling to exotic locales or spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.
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