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The Word for Yes

Claire Needell


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At once honest and touching, Claire Needell's debut novel is a moving look at date rape and its aftermath, at the love and conflicts among sisters and friends, and how these relationships can hold us together—and tear us apart.

The gap between the Russell sisters—Jan, Erika, and Melanie—widens as each day passes. Then, at a party full of blurred lines and blurred memories, everything changes. Starting that night, where there should be words, there is only angry, scared silence.

And in the aftermath, Jan, Erika, and Melanie will have to work hard to reconnect and help one another heal.

The Word for Yes will inspire necessary conversation about a topical and important issue facing our society. The book includes a thoughtful author's note that provides resources for readers.

Praise For The Word for Yes

“Their story, much like real life, isn’t clear-cut or easy to read, but it’s very, very important. An engrossing story proving the hard truth that it isn’t always strangers who hurt us the worst of all.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Readers who are interested in timely issues, such as those explored in the novels by Jennifer Brown or Ellen Hopkins, will be intrigued by the important questions raised here.”

Teen Vogue Most Anticipated February Read
— Teen Vogue

Bustle Most Anticipated February Read

HarperTeen, 9780062360496, 256pp.

Publication Date: February 16, 2016

About the Author

Claire Needell is the author of The First True Thing and The Word for Yes and is a contributor to the New York Times and a former middle school teacher. She lives in Westchester, NY.