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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
Jonah...you told your story so well..the very first chapter we are hit with a shocking court scene...and it only gets more shocking from there. A Sugar Daddy- they prey on the young, beautiful and often desperate...it is almost like they ...more
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 ...more
Trying to make your dreams come true in N ...more
I mean, damn son, this is some next level page turnability here.
Yes, Daddy is the story of one unforgettable summer back in 2009 that Jonah spent in the Hamptons with his wealthy, older lover Richard. An aspiring playwright, our leading male was willing to take the groping and harassment that came along with working at an upscale gay restaurant in New York City in ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
A tour de force and a sensational debut. Calling “Yes Daddy” an important #MeToo book only scratches the surface of this powerful, riveting and heartbreaking work. “Yes Daddy” is not just about the powerful playwright Richard who seduces, gaslights and eventually horribly hurts and abuses Jonah - it’s also about evangelical religion, the “ex-gay” movement, conversion therapy, love, power, privilege, and ultimately, the literal father/son relationship.
This book is unflinchingly ...more
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 ...more
Story - 4 Take from the devil and pay with your soul Stars
This book left me ragey and depressed. Overall a very bleak read that didn't satisfy my vengeful side.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
In the second half of the book, the parallels between the #MeToo era and the plot start to merge into a sing ...more
Massive trigger warnings for this one. MASSIVE.
This book was insanely fucked up. But it was compelling. And it does shine a light on some serious issues in a fictional setting that have some applicability to reality.
I felt really bad for the main character. He does make a lot of bad decisions, but he jumps from one brainwashing/control situation after another.
I'm not sure I liked it. I'm ...more
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 ...more
OMFG!!! No wonder I am 8 books behind my 2021 reading challenge, I keep landing on fucking duds!!!!
Why are the reading gods or the universe being so mean to me this year???!!! Or have I just become a picker reader?
I think I've "DNF'd" more than I've "READ"!!!
At this rate I am going to have to lower my reading challenge so I don't bring in the New Year (2022) embarrassed and a failure!!! Ggggggrrrrrrrr!!!! ...more
Powerful men, desperate young adults, and the twisted lies that take them from beside the pool partying to a drug-filled dungeon. Yes, Daddy follows Jonah, an aspiring, but poor writer, as he takes his chance to become the newest hot young thing on famed Richard Shriver's arm. He meets to all of Richard's influential friends, is spoiled with money and clothing, and soon taken on a summer trip he could only dream of before. But what started as a pas ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Jonah is a young, gay man who recently escaped the Midwest, and his parents evangelical beliefs, after a haunting encounter with conversion therapy. In New York City, broke and estranged from his family, he works to meet Richard Shriver, a wealthy playwright who Jonah believes will give him the connections he needs to make his own name as a playwright. But Richard - and his friends - ...more
This is a modern Go ...more
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...more
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 ...more
Yes, Daddy has so many cores and nuances that it is an insanity placed exquisitely by the author. That book HURT and CORRODE in the worst possible way. I expected something totally different and I met horrible characters, rotten and so cruelly human that it makes you want to throw up all through the book.
The traumas, the rawness, the subtlety in th ...more
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