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.
BOOKGASM!! Yes I am suffering from an incredible one. Leah Raeder contacted us as a review request. We have 100s of these come through and we try to get to them all but our list is really long. Long story short, we contacted Leah to set up a review and she told us about her blog tour so we joined. Well THANK YOU LEAH!! This book was everything and more. I can’t even begin to tell you the unbelievable writing. I mean lyrical and captivating. I still can not believe that it is a story about a student and a teacher. Not only that it is about something so taboo but that I was encouraging it throughout the story.
Some points to make:
1. She is 18. She is not some naïve 15 year old girl!
2. They do not KNOW he is a teacher and she is a student when they meet.
3. I love them so if you don’t like it.. shhhhh
Maise O’Malley is seriously such a FAN FUCKING TASTIC character! I mean holy shit! She has the worlds worst mother, no real friends, but she is so strong. She meets Evan while facing her fears at a carnival. She had a tradgedy happen on a roller coaster (her stuffed animal died)… seriously you will be amazed at this story… anyway this is where she meets him. She doesn’t know his name, or who he is but they can feel something between them. Maise and Evan get together ;) again not knowing who the other is. They have this profound soul deep connection, and again the writing.. just WOW
“I see the lights every night. It seems like the whole world has figured out how to be happy, but no one’s letting me in on the secret.”
Evan Wilke, ummm yeah reminds me of a teacher I had in High School you know you had one too the one you were like “if only”. Yeah all the girls love him and would do rude things to him. He is really a cool character though, he is fighting the fact that he is falling in love with an 18 year old girl. They know it is wrong but they can’t seem to stay away from each other. I can’t fully explain what it is that drew me to like him so much but I do, I really love him. He wants to protect Maise and doesn’t care that others may find out about them, she is worth it. He knows that she has never truly felt loved and he wants to give that to her. Oh my god the sex is OFF THE CHARTS!!
I loved that he forces her to deal with things, to question herself. She provides the same to him. I couldn’t put it down. I cried for them in some parts. Maise’s view of the world is so awful because of all she has been through.
“When you’re a wounded animal in the company of jackals, you can either cower and submit, or feign strength. Wear your blood like a red badge of courage. That’s all I was doing.”
This to me was so much more than a love story. It is about love, loss, truth, consequences for our actions, and forgiveness. You have to make choices and those choices will affect your life. Maise and Evan made many choices that they were forced to deal with. Even at 18 she had to make decisions that would ultimately decide which direction her life would go. I felt every emotion with her. I wanted to cry, laugh, and hug her because I think she is what we all are at that age. A little naïve, a little scared, and wanting to be loved.
“We get bigger, and older, but part of us always retains that small rabbit heart, trembling furiously, secretively, with wonder and fear. There’s no irony in it. No semantics or subtext. Only red blood and green grass and silver stars.”
Serioulsy, BUY THIS BOOK.. I am telling you it is ridiculously amazing and I am still recovering from it. The ending left me messaging her with PLEASE TELL ME THERE IS ANOTHER BOOK BECAUSE I NEED MORE!! There is no cliffhanger and it is intended as a stand alone.. I am just greedy and love them so I want more..lol
About the Author
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.
“Lyrical, vivid, and poignant, Unteachable is one of the best forbidden romances I’ve ever read,”
— Lauren Blakely, New York Times bestselling author
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