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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
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Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published 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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    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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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
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    Michael David
    Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
    Oh wow! I need the 10 star button! I could not put this book down! It has been a long time since I have flown through a book in less than 24 hrs but here it is! This is a killer debut! This book is very dark, emotional and full of triggers but it is so addictive.

    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
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    Larry H
    Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, netgalley
    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
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    Dennis
    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
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    Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    It’s probably about time I try to put some actual words to the page about my feelings toward this new release. Simply put . . . .



    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
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    J.Paul (inactive because of drafting)
    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
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    Kyle
    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
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    Christina
    May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A Tour de Fierce!

    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
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    Jessica Woodbury
    I have spent a few hours now trying to think of a good explanation for why this Modern Gay Gothic did not work for me at all and I don't have it down to a one sentence wrap up quite yet. My current theory is that the Gothic Novel (by which I mean the older, pre-20th century gothics, which this is much more similar to than the modern versions) requires a kind of detachment when so many bad things happen, one after the other. They are a heightened, melodramatic reality even if the evils in them ar ...more
    Bridgett
    May 05, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    Audio - 4 Stars
    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.




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    Gerhard
    Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Luce
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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
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    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
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    Book
    May 25, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    A modern, post-#MeToo thriller that works more cogently as a critique of capitalism than it does at generating any, well, thrills. This novel lays out, quite clearly, how young artists are ripe for exploitation (sexual or otherwise) and uses dramatic heightening to raise the stakes. Like any good critique, it reveals the exploitative system undergirding the seemingly random acts of abuse.

    In the second half of the book, the parallels between the #MeToo era and the plot start to merge into a sing
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    Steven
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

    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
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    Creya
    Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    Tiernan
    Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    oh my god......hello to one of my top 5 books of the year. video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Bzkj... ...more
    Miriam
    50% DNF!

    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!!!!
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    farith
    Nov 28, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
    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?
    Carlene Inspired
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    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
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    Justin Chen
    Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    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
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    Erik
    May 05, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Jonathan Parks-Ramage's Yes, Daddy is a pulpy, dark tale of the effects of trauma, sexual abuse, and sexuality.

    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 -
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    Jordan (Jordy’s Book Club)
    QUICK TAKE: fair warning, this book is extremely dark and provocative. Following a young playwright who sets his sights on climbing the industry ladder by any means necessary who gets in way over his head when he makes a move on an older, established playwright. The book is full of graphic sexual content, including sexual assault, but is also a complex look at a story and characters that feels closer to real life than it should. The last 1/3 of the book gets a little bogged down in religious und ...more
    Sheena
    Jun 07, 2021 rated it liked it
    Jonah is a struggling waiter trying to make it as a writer in New York City. He meets Richard Shriver - award winning playwright and not to mention, very rich. Jonah plans their meeting and from there, their love story (if you can call it that) begins. Richard becomes his partner but also his sugar daddy. Jonah thinks he finally found what he was looking for and that things will start to look up. Of course, things are actually too good to be true and take a sudden, dark turn.

    This is a modern Go
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    VB Book Reviews
    4 Stars!

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    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
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    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
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    axel.
    May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I really don't know how many stars this book deserves, it ranges from 2 to 4 stars. And I'm giving the grade that I think represents me at the moment.

    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
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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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