Leah Raeder’s Unteachable was released in paperback this week and to celebrate, I’ve got my review below for you!
“Complicated dynamics, forbidden sexual tension, and untamed passion. Easily one of my favorite reads.”
–Gail McHugh, New York Times bestselling author
An edgy, sexy USA TODAY bestseller about falling for the one person you can’t have.
Maise O’Malley just turned eighteen, but she’s felt like a grown-up her entire life. The summer before senior year, she has plans: get into a great film school, convince her mom to go into rehab, and absolutely do not, under any circumstances, screw up her own future.
But life has a way of throwing her plans into free-fall.
When Maise meets Evan at a carnival one night, their chemistry is immediate, intense, and short-lived. Which is exactly how she likes it: no strings. But afterward, she can’t get Evan out of her head. He’s taught her that a hookup can be something more. It can be an unexpected connection with someone who truly understands her. Someone who sees beyond her bravado to the scared but strong girl inside.
That someone turns out to be her new film class teacher, Mr. Evan Wilke.
Maise and Evan resolve to keep their hands off each other, but the attraction is too much to bear. Together, they’re real and genuine; apart, they’re just actors playing their parts for everyone else. And their masks are slipping. People start to notice. Rumors fly. When the truth comes to light in a shocking way, they may learn they were just playing parts for each other, too.
Smart, sexy, and provocative, Unteachable is about what happens when a love story goes off-script.
First things first…go and buy this book NOW and then read it immediately! I have no idea how I missed this gem when it was self-pubbed because I love student/teacher stories but thank God I read it now. Leah’s writing was captivating and engaging, I didn’t even want to blink for fear of missing something. Maise’s dialogue was raw, un-sugarcoated, and bluntly honest. Having to raise herself after her mother failed her, now 18, she has a cynical view of the world and I couldn’t blame her. I think she’s become one of my favorite heroines, even at 18 she was incredibly bright, intelligent, independent. She knew what she wanted and more importantly, she knew what she didn’t want out of life. The chemistry between her and Evan exploded from the start and it gave ME the butterflies in my stomach feeling. I loved reading as they tried to deny their connection, and I really loved feeling their feelings of passion, doubt and ultimately love. Despite the odds stacked against them they were determined to be together and give their love a shot. Now, everything wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, at times Leah had me nervously biting my cuticles and wondering how things would turn out for these two. Ultimately, Leah gave me a fantastically written story full of well crafted, life like characters and a well played ending that had me guessing the outcome until the very last page. I absolutely can not wait to see what she has in store for us next!
*I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, however I also one-clicked it on Amazon because it totally kicked-a** and everyone needs to buy it!
Leah Raeder is a writer and unabashed nerd. Aside from reading her brains out, she enjoys graphic design, video games, fine whiskey, and the art of self-deprecation. She lives with her very own manic pixie dream boy in Chicago. Visit her at LeahRaeder.com.