BOOK&AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Unteachable by Leah Raeder

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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.

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5 STARS

This book was a big surprise for me. I read the synopsis before having received the advance audio book of Unteachable. My first thought was that I would probably like the book.  Little did I know, I ended up loving the book.  I devoured the book!  I read until 3 in the morning and now currently am suffering from a book hangover. The plot in this book was amazing, intriguing, romantic, sexy, and the end was just perfect.

The forbidden relationship in the story was the first thing that attracted to me about this book. A teacher and a student having an affair is something controversial, and I like controversial. The way they met, when they knew who they were and then when they decided to go on with the affair was fascinating, but their moments together, their conversations, their weekends together in Saint Louis, their little moments were what made their story something I will never forget.

Maise is an awesome girl. She’s rebel, fierce and gets what she wants. But she is also she’s a little girl who wants to be loved and not left behind. Of course, that part of her is hidden, only Evan was able to see it the first night they met. Their connection was instant, not only in the sexual way, but in emotional way. I think that was what made her feel drawn toward him.

Evan is def my new book boyfriend. I’m still thinking about him. He is so domineering and caring at the same time and in every way. He is always afraid of what would happen if their secret affair is discovered, not for what would happen to him, but what would happen to her. To her future. Despite of thinking what their relationship would do to her, he wasn’t able to get away from her. The necessity for one another is so big, that it felt almost an addiction.

Their moments together are full of love, of passion and most of all, understanding. I loved how much he understood her. I loved that he didn’t judge her, for her past, for her family and not even for her troubles. I was surprised with Evan’s reaction after the prom party.

I love love love Maise’s best friend, Wesley. Their friendship was refreshing. I had a theory about Maise and Wesley, but it didn’t come true. Wesley and his family was exactly what Maise needed to accept who she really is, to grow up, and most of all, to feel accepted and loved by a family.

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: 4 STARS

I love Grace Grant’s voice. Her narrations are always amazing but her voice isn’t teenager-ish, so the book didn’t really sounded like told from the POV of a teenage girl in first person, but from a third person narration. Despite that fact, I thought the narration was great.

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10445990_803564756323267_5934980853086078195_nI was born in the 80s, which means I have fantastic taste in music and atrocious taste in hair. I knew at eight years old that I wanted to be a published author when I grew up. Of course, when I was eight, “published author” was a glamorous daydream where I spent all day in bookstores, signing hardcovers and posing for photos with fans. In reality, authordom involves lots of bourbon-scented tears and neurotic self-doubt. At least there are fewer mullets.

As well as being a writer, I’m a voracious and omnivorous reader. Seriously. I read everything from contemporary Young Adult to dense, doorstop literary fiction. Some of my favorite writers are Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita), Virginia Woolf (Mrs. Dalloway), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tender is the Night), and Jeanette Winterson (Written on the Body). I’m a total poetry geek, too—my two absolute favorites are Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath.

All the pretty colors on this website were made by me. In my non-bookish life, I’m a graphic designer.

I’m from Chicago and have lived all over the world, from NYC to LA to Tehran, Iran. I currently live in the Windy City with my partner, Alexander, who’s very understanding about all this girlsmut business.

HOW TO PRONOUNCE MY NAME

It rhymes with “see ya later.”

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