Monday, August 4, 2014

Review: Unteachable by Leah Raeder

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.

My Review
You know those books that blur the lines between right and wrong? The ones that make you question your morals. Is it right? Is it wrong? Well this is one of them. I was drawn in from the start. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like Maise. She seemed so sure of herself and cocky. Even a little slutty- self proclaimed at least from the way she described herself. But the more I got to know Maise I realized she was none of those things. 

I was taken with Evan from the start right under the neon lights just like Maise. His interaction with her and the things he said. The bombshell of him being her teacher was less dramatic than I expected but it worked. This is such a taboo subject. I'm torn between how to feel. As a mom I think I would be livid but as a romantic at heart this taboo morally confusing story drew me in and I was rooting for them. But in the next breathe thinking, "Wait is this wrong? Should I be hoping for this?" I was conflicted at first. Every emotion hit me in this book. The push and pull of everything going on. Eventually I gave in to my feelings. I wanted these two to work. It is so hard to have a well written teacher/student relationship book but Leah Raeder accomplished it and it was even steamy. It wasn't tasteless. I never felt like it was a power thing and a lot of these type of plot lines struggle with that. I know that I will for sure read more by this author. I couldn't put this one down, it all played like a movie in my head, one I would watch over and over again.


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.

(And she still writes pretentiously lyrical fiction.)

Follow the Author:
Twitter: leahraeder

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