“Complicated dynamics, forbidden sexual tension, and untamed passion. Easily one of my favorite reads.”
–Gail McHugh, New York Times bestselling author
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.
5+++ stars!! Perfectly written, Unteachable is one of those books that really defy a rating system. Gritty, sexy, gut-wrenching and lyrical, it is a story that will stay with you long after you have finished the last page. Exploring themes of friendship, loyalty, love, survival and acceptance, Leah Raeder writes in a way that will haunt you and make you question the very nature of right and wrong. Maise is not your typical heroine, and her story is both heartbreaking and triumphant at the same time. And the sex scenes are completely off the charts. Leah Raeder is incredibly gifted and it’s hard to believe this is her debut book. Layered, nuanced, tragic, funny, and ultimately, hopeful, Unteachable is an absolutely breathtaking story.
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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