Book Review: Unteachable by Leah Raeder

Author: Leah Raeder
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 14th 2014 (paperback edition)
Review Source: Atria Books

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.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Unteachable is a book that will draw the readers attention because of the situation the main characters have to deal with.  Student and Teacher relationship definitely made me curious to read this book. I wanted to see how the author would take this big no-no between the two and deliver us a story we could understand and accept. Raeder did that and more, sometime I want to say it was a little too much on the more, if you get my drift. I could have done with less details in certain stations and focused more on the romance, which was awesome. I felt it was a genuine love story even though what was taking place is not allowed. 

The story between Maise (student) and Evan (teacher) from the beginning I felt connected to. I really did love how they both complimented each other even with their skeletons in the closets. When they finally began to drop their guard more, then that when the romance really took off. it was so powerful that they even began to forget that they had to be careful and not get caught. Maise was of legal age, but it is still wrong because she was Evan's student. So when the romance went from out side of school, to inside the classroom, things began to crumble. 

I also enjoyed all the secondary characters such as Maise only good friend Wesley and his awesome mom. I enjoyed a lot the moment his mom has with Maise towards the end of the book, that really brought a smile to my face. Then you had Maise mom, that I just wanted to run over with my car for being the way she was with her daughter. Like I said everything came together in this book how I liked. I know that it is new adult, but I wouldn't have mind less on the detailed sex, I think at times it dragged and I just wanted to get done with it so I could read what was happening next in their relationship. Hope that makes sense, I do love reading about Bom-Chicka-Bow-Wow scenes but in this particular book, less would have been better for me. But other than that I truly did love love love the story and recommend to those that love a great love story. 

And just one more mention is that book cover, I heart it big time. The colors and detail make a perfect fit for the story. I glad they redesigned it for the paperback release. The original is great too but this one tops it. Happy Reading!!!


  1. Well I try to avoid books with all the "sordid" details and I think I'll pass on this one too :P Great review though! Looking forward to more by you! :)
    Book Maniac Reviews

  2. I love this book! It's strong, emotional and I've even heard a free sample of the released audiobook! Thank you for the review!


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