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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  162 reviews
A propulsive, scorching modern gothic, Yes, Daddy follows an ambitious young man who is lured by an older, successful playwright into a dizzying world of wealth and an idyllic Hamptons home where things take a nightmarish turn.

Jonah Keller moved to New York City with dreams of becoming a successful playwright, but, for the time being, lives in a rundown sublet in Bushwick
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Tawny Lara There are graphic sex and sexual assault scenes that are essential to the storyline, not gratuitous in any way. Some of it was difficult to read as a …moreThere are graphic sex and sexual assault scenes that are essential to the storyline, not gratuitous in any way. Some of it was difficult to read as a trauma survivor but the story is so powerful that I'm glad I read it.(less)

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Michael David
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this would be a dark and juicy thriller, but there is way more going on in this one than meets the eye.

Jonah Keller is a young man who has dreams of becoming a playwright. He moves from a small Illinois town to NYC, and ends up working as a waiter and living in a crap apartment while trying to figure out how to make his dreams come true.

Enter Richard Shriver, a famous and award-winning playwright. Jonah orchestrates a way to meet him, in hopes of seducing the older man (old enough to
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The only thing better than getting an ARC of a highly anticipated read is finding out that it basically lived up to and/or exceeded all of your expectations. YES, DADDY is a wildly daring book that aspires to be so many things, and sometimes books that are that ambitious only partially succeed or fail at everything, but not this time. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up becoming one of the most talked about books of the summ
Larry H
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Wow. Jonathan Parks-Ramage's debut novel, Yes, Daddy , is thought-provoking, disturbing, and emotional commentary on the power dynamics in a relationship and how easy it is to find yourself powerless. It's a fascinating look at #MeToo from a gay man's perspective.

Jonah was raised by a religious family in a small town, where he was taught his homosexuality was something that needed to be cured. But when the therapy leads to a bigger crisis, he is able to convince his mother to let him go to gr
I have no business reading a summer 2021 book in November 2020, but I couldn't resist. I mean, look at that cover! Well, I'm happy to report that not only did I judge a book by it's cover, the book exceeded all my expectation. Yes, Daddy is Jonathan Parks-Ramage's debut novel, but this will certainly not be his last. If you liked My Dark Vanessa by Keri Elizabeth Russell or The Arrangement by Robyn Harding, put Yes, Daddy on your reading list now!

Trying to make your dreams come true in N
J.Paul Thunders
THE GAY SUNSET BOULEVARD—a neo-noir literary fiction about the repercussions of ambition and desire.

First of all, let's appreciate the cover. Would you look at that saccharine, cotton-candy pastel motif? If you think that this book would be a tale of kinky, BDSM, erotic romance—I mean no disrespect with the subgenre—go away! Because this ain't it, yo! This book is UGLY, REPULSIVE, but RELEVANT and TRUTHFUL.

To keep the summary short and non-spoiler-y, it's about a young, aspiring playwright, Jona
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Positively wicked, suspenseful, and bleak. I tore through this book with an eagerness that I haven’t felt in a good long time. Note: The story can be extremely triggering, so content warnings for sexual assault and pedophilia.

At first glance, one would think this book to be a more lighthearted affair, but let me tell you: ‘Yes, Daddy’ is darker than black! It takes a neo-noir approac
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the review copy of a book only due to be published in June next year. I can honestly say this was my only read of 2020 that kept me up until the wee hours, it is that compulsive. I expect it is also going to court quite a bit of controversy for its lurid take on some hot-button gay issues.

With a title like ‘Yes, Daddy’, which makes it seem like a M/M romance novel, combined with that weirdly disturbing cover image, the reader is
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3 ½ stars (possibly to be rounded up to 4)

Dio mio, this book was so stressful.

“Desire places people in dangerous positions. This was a fact I'd yet to learn and something Richard knew all too well.”

Equal parts gripping and horrifying Yes, Daddy is one hell of a debut novel. This is not the kind of book one enjoys reading. In fact, most of the things that happen in this novel are horrific. Yet, thanks to Jonathan Parks-Ramage's superb writing skills, Yes, Da
Nov 28, 2020 is currently reading it
update: i just received an ARC of this and all my organs are intact.


what organ of mine must i give away in order to get an ARC of this book?
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Ugggghhhhhhh. Why did THAT have to be the ending? I went back and forth with assigning stars for this one, but I’ll settle at four because I really loved the beginning ~75% or so. After that? MEH.

Yes, Daddy is DARK. We follow Jonah as he seduces and falls in love with a successful New York City playwright, Richard. One summer, he is invited to Richard’s compound, and th
Marieke du Pré
Disturbing, discomforting, repulsive, depressing, I can go on for a while. But also powerful, emotional, important, painful, raw. This is a story I’ll never forget, and it’s difficult to write down my thoughts. Because it triggers so many of my feelings at once. Trigger warnings are absolutely necessary before reading this book. There are so many that I don’t list them but be careful if you get triggered easily and even if you don’t get triggered that easily. This story is rather graphic and has ...more
May 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I was expecting Yes, Daddy to be an erotic thriller - it's actually more a coming-of-age confessional.

Jonathan Parks-Ramage's debut novel is, at times, gripping, and it does a beautiful job of giving a heartbreaking glimpse into the other side of the #metoo movement - the blatant abuse of young, gay men.

Jonah was a difficult character for me to get fully behind. While he's definitely sympathetic, I also found him to be not terribly likeable... though I think that was intentional on the auth
Justin Chen
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4 stars

Way, way darker and emotionally charged than the cheeky title and the vacation-vibe cover art suggests otherwise, Yes, Daddy is a nightmarish deep dive into sexuality, trauma, #MeToo movement, and today's cancel culture, all through the familiar thriller trope of 'relationship from Hell'. Jonathan Parks-Ramage casts a wide net with this heartfelt debut; even though at times it lacks the polish and restraint of a seasoned author, one can't help but revel in its ambition.

The stylish writing
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was pretty much unlike any other book I’ve ever read before. Kind of a dark gay coming-of-age story with a little bit of murder mystery in the mix. Jonah is an aspiring playwright who becomes involved with an older man, and as their connection grows things go more and more south. We also get flashbacks about Jonah’s background and why he is attracted to older men which is something I rarely see addressed. A lot of the book is based around sexual abuse and rape, which means it’s definitely n ...more
Will Skrip
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What starts as a compulsively brazen pool read, YES, DADDY frantically develops into something quite darker- a vicious take down of the powerful who prey on the vulnerable and the society that feeds on salaciousness. Jonathan Parks-Ramage pulls off something really impressive here, writing a horror story that is so grounded in truth, the thrills are as painful as they are riveting. He is especially successful in his concept; the novel is written as a long-form letter, a device that not only adds ...more
4 Stars!


I really cannot believe this was a debut. Talk about some smart, witty, and powerful writing. From the moment I came across this book on NetGalley, I was intrigued. At first, from that title, I assumed it was going to be about some M/M BDSM naughtiness... and there definitely is some of that in here, but this book is soooo much more than that. Fans of My Dark Vanessa should DEFINITELY have this book on their radar.

"...In a building that had been advertised on Craigslist as
Riya Reads
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing



It is so RAW, the whirlwind of emotions, the heart piercing reality will give you a HEARTACHE you haven't envisaged but you will continue to read through, incessantly and THIS BOOK WILL STAY WITH YOU.

It will remind you of "A Little Life" by Hanya Anagihara.

Jonah Keller moved to New York city with dreams o
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Absolutely fucked up.

This book is simply what nightmares are made of. I didn't really know what I was expecting when I started this, and I can't find myself articulating how I really feel about it. I experienced a whirlwind of emotions, for sure. Desire, desperation, helplessness, grief, and everything. A combination of all of them resulted nausea throughout the whole process of the plotline. This is an experience that was not really enjoyable, and I think it wasn't meant to be one. There were
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqiap, 2021
This ended up being a very different book from what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be closer to a thriller about a young gay man getting into a dangerous relationship with a much older man. And while that is part of the story, I definitely wouldn’t call this a thriller. It’s a dark exploration of abusive relationships, rape, religious trauma, conversion therapy, and so much more.

This is a difficult book to read at times. The descriptions of how utterly powerless and alone the charac
Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
WOW this book was dark. Thank you so much to the publisher for the gifted copy!

I haven’t been this disturbed by a book in a while and I will definitely be thinking about it for a very long time. I was truly speechless when I finished this book because the subject matter was so intense but SO powerful. I felt so many emotions while reading this book and it was so dark to the point where it was difficult to read pretty much at all times. You guys know I love me some dark stuff and this one was a l
Dannii Elle
TRIGGER WARNINGS: (view spoiler)

Jonah Keller is an impoverished young man who moves to New York for the wealth, fame, and illustrious career as a playwright that it could afford him. Instead he finds himself renting a boxy apartment and struggling to get as many shifts as possible in his waitressing job just to cover the rent. If hard work can't alleviate his positi
Phil Dowell (philsbookcorner)
I'm still sitting here trying trying to process just how amazing this was - Jonathan Parks-Ramage, what an incredible debut!

When I first saw this floating around, I was like "a gay contemporary thriller about sugar daddies? um, YES!" - & while yes, sugar daddies are a topic presented within "Yes, Daddy", this novel encompasses so much more. We don't hear too many #metoo-era stories from a male perspective, but these are situations that happen pretty frequently within the gay community & not tal
Dec 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
dnf 78%

tw // r*pe, pedophilia, sexual abuse, conversion therapy

i really tried to get through this book, but the main character was trash and the writing was not great. i don't understand how he fell for the love interest at all because he was just a horrible person from the very beginning, and i was not shocked at all when he turned out to be who he turned out to be. i think if the author made richard more likeable at the beginning and then slowly made him into a terrible person that would've ad
Evie Drae
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an advanced copy of this book. I am providing a voluntary review. All thoughts and views are my own.

I’m so torn on this one. There’s a very real part of me that wants to give it a 5-star, must-read rating and spend the next few months ranting and raving about how amazing it is. However, there’s another part of me that feels a bit… ahhh… let-down, perhaps?

Let’s see if I can explain what I mean.

I’m going to start with why I loved this book bec
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
This is one of my most anticipated releases of 2021 and I ABSOLUTELY adored this book. This book did everything perfectly, from the concept and writing style to the execution, pacing and themes it explored. I honestly can't even rack my brain to think of ONE thing I disliked about this book. It was raw and vulnerable and I freaking loved it. I am filled with so many thoughts that I don't know where to even begin or if I will even be able to properly articulate these thoughts. Hopefully, I will b ...more
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: queereads
“As it turns out, queer villains become far more interesting among other gay characters, both within a specific project or universe and the zeitgeist at large. They become one star in a larger constellation; they are put in context” -Carmen Maria Machado, “In the Dream House”

Dark and compelling, Jonathan Parks-Ramage’s “Yes, Daddy” takes a stick of dynamite to the queer villain, reinterpreting every trope and trauma with an undeniably layered perspective. At times, however, I found the novel’s v
talia ♡

completely, absolutely, positively, utterly fucked.

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woke up to an email saying i received an ARC of this book!! YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! i am beyond thrilled, this book was one of my most anticipated reads for 2021. thank you so much to Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishing for this!!
Kirsten Pullen
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my unbiased opinion of an ARC I generously received from NetGalley and the publisher.

If I were grading this as a draft, it would be an A. The book has so much potential. If I were grading on a curve (other unreliable narrator novels, which I love), it would be a 3. So I split the difference.

I like so much about this book. It is ridiculously readable--I wanted to know what happened next, from sentence to sentence. The prose is elegant, lucid, fevered at times. It is almost successfully st
Cassie’s Reviews
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow is there a way for me to give a book more than five stars? If so this book deserves more that five!
Jonah Keller has big dreams of becoming a playwright. He comes from a small town and he’s moved to NYC to pursue his dream. He’s working as a waiter and living in an apartment he can’t afford sleeping on a mattress on the floor. He has a plan he’s made his list and if it goes to plan he can picture his future. He buys a suit instead of paying rent and he’s going to arrange a “chance meeting”.
Troy Walker
Yes, Daddy is a dark and nightmarish novel that follows its protagonist, Jonah, to deep depths of abuse, trauma, and the grueling aftermath. Amazing pacing, I could barely put it down. However, in some parts, I did need to put it down, but only for the fact that the depictions of abuse were intense and triggering. Although these depictions were tough to read, Parks-Ramage gives the reader space to breathe and think about Jonah's life and his story.

Quick summary: Attempting to climb the ladder o
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JONATHAN PARKS-RAMAGE’s writing has been widely published in such outlets as Vice, Slate, Out, W, Atlas Obscura, Broadly, and Elle. He is an alumnus of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Parks-Ramage lives in Los Angeles with his partner, Ryan O’Connell. Yes, Daddy is his debut novel.

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