Review: Unteachable by Leah Raeder

Posted October 19, 2014 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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.
Review: Unteachable by Leah RaederUnteachable by Leah Raeder
Published by Atria on 10/14/2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Also by this author: Black Iris, Cam Girl

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.


Oh Maise and Mr. Wilke.  Y’all took me on a rollercoaster of a ride.

I admire Maise in so many ways.  She has been dealt a crappy life, and does what she can to take care of herself.  I don’t agree with everything she does, but she’s pretty strong.  Maise has a habit of keeping people away, and I don’t really blame her for that.  If you let people in, you get hurt.  I really liked Evan.  He isn’t all about the physical, although, don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of hanky panky going on.  He wants to get to know Maise.

I love the connection between Maise and Evan.  You can feel it jumping out of the pages.  They have a complicated relationship what with all the student/teacher thing.  But they also have their own insecurities to deal with.  Maise and Evan also have to try to keep their interest a secret, but that’s nearly impossible.

Leah Raeder did an amazing job writing about such a tabboo topic.  Unteachable had me hooked from the beginning.

About Leah Raeder

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

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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