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It’s Friday night and your phone is buzzing. Your friends are ready to party. But you have a choice to make: do you really want to go with them? In Last Night you are in control of your college experience. Navigate hookup culture, keggers, and unrequited crushes.

About

Warning: This section contains spoilers!

Last Night is a chooseable-path work of young adult fiction that provides a safe place for teens to experiment with the boundaries of ethical sexual behavior. Readers navigate an archetypical college party scene and make decisions about consuming alcohol, pursuing hookups, and testing friendships. Sex is explored in scenes that reflect real-world scenarios in which consent is often assumed due to body language, shared histories, or physical proximity. There are 14 possible endings, some of which involve your character getting hurt or hurting others. This framework allows young people to explore the ways power can be experienced and wielded— a person might assume a great deal of power in one sexual encounter, but be made to feel powerless in another.

This story is borrowed from my life experiences and is based on primary research I have conducted with men about their views on consent. While I personally never had the traditional college experience, researchers Erica Boas, Jason Laker, Peggy Orenstein, Lisa Wade, Jennifer S. Hrisch, and Shaus Khan expanded my understanding of the pressures young people face from the media, their peers, and institutions to do college right— which includes hooking up a lot. This leads many students to believe that whatever amount of sex they are having is not enough and drives them toward risky sexual behavior. This pressure in conjunction with low literacy in regards to sexual health, consent, and pornography has created a public health crisis on campuses— a burden which is commonly carried by female students in their first six months of their college careers.

About the Author

Kris Blackmore is a writer, artist, and designer born and raised in Texas and presently based in Portland, Oregon where she lives with her husband in a tiny house on wheels. She holds an AA in fashion design from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and a BFA in graphic design from Portland State University.

www.krisblackmore.com

Acknowledgments

Special thanks to Meredith James for her steadfast mentorship and belief in this project.

And to Simon Boas, without whom this project could not exist.

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Recommended Resources

American Girls, Nancy Jo Sales

American Hookup, Lisa Wade

ConsentStories™, Dr. Erica Boas and Dr. Jason Laker

Boys and Sex, Peggy Orenstein

Girls and Sex, Peggy Orenstein

Missoula, John Krakauer

No in Disguise, A Midgray Project

Sexual Citizens, Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan

What Teenagers Are Learning from Online Porn, Maggie Jones