ONLY YES MEANS YES
Three survivors fight back against a rigged system and a rich sexual predator
At first glance, college students Brooke, Lauren, and Nikki have little in common: a churchgoer, a party girl, and a resident advisor. But they all have their own dreams, dreams that can be shattered in a single night.
Colin Jordan is the son of a private equity titan, captain of his club basketball team, and a brilliant pre-law student. He is also a sexual predator.
The three women--all survivors of Colin’s crimes--team up to bring him to justice. First, they try filing formal charges with the university. As a villain, Colin is easier to hate than most. But he is clever and careful and has access to unlimited funds. He also garners the support of certain university officials who will stoop to unthinkable levels to protect the school’s brand. Consequently, the board hearing results in a disappointing slap to Colin’s wrist.
Discouraged but not beaten, the survivors then go to the police. The assigned detective is sympathetic, but they run into an age-old problem: it’s a he-said-she-said case, and the DA won’t pursue it.
Ha! Thinks Colin. I’m free. I’m free to do as I please.
But wait. These survivors are not done yet . . .
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Praise for Only Yes Means Yes
“Only Yes Means Yes is a novel by Patrick Kelly about sexual assault on a college campus. The story features three female college students and one male college student.
The story is handled with grace. The characters are given their voices to tell their side of the story. You see them blaming themselves, being blamed, and acting out. Most importantly you see them standing strong and fighting back.
This is such an important topic, and it is one that I am glad Kelly has brought to light. While the book is fiction, it is a great way to start a conversation about sexual assault on a university campus.
The writing was very strong. The characters were full of depth and individuality. I was pulled right into their world and experienced a wide depth of emotions. I am extremely glad that I decided to pick up Only Yes Means Yes.” —The Book Recluse Review
“Kelly did a wonderful job of portraying the predatory nature of Colin Jordan, the way that he—and others—view what constitutes sexual assault. He also did a beautiful job of telling these women's stories, what a survivor goes through, from the moment it happens and life after. Only Yes Means Yes is a compelling, must-read for both teens and adults.” —Rae’s Reading Lounge
“I was hesitant about reading this book at first because of the inclusion of a sexual predator as a character. However, I am glad I did as I feel like this book really explored real-world issues through a fictional lens. Colin Jordan was an awful character that had everything handed to him, yet instead of just being happy with his life he ended up a sexual predator that was quite easy to hate.” —Sefina Hawke’s Books
“Each of the three women, Lauren, Brooke, and Nikki, tell their story in their own way. The women support each other against their perpetrator, Colin. They each feel guilt, remorse, and anger about the situation, and who could blame them?
This story is well written, and I had a hard time putting it down. It may be fiction but there is a lot of truth to the story, and it does happen more than we would probably like to admit on college campuses.” —Storey Book Reviews