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Unteachable by [Raeder, Leah]
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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.

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  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (24 March 2014)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (AU)
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,005 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Unteachable is probably my favourite book ever.

I was interested because the forbidden teacher/student relationship intrigued me, just like it ignited Evan and Maise's relationship. Leah's writing style fuelled me to keep turning every page and I devoured this book faster than almost any other books I've read because I couldn't put it down. I dreaded it ending because this world would be no more. I couldn't wait for the ending because I needed.to.know. Maise, Evan, Wesley, Siobhan and so many more characters became real, physical things to me that I could describe perfectly. The passion, erotica and explicit nature of this book excited me wildly.

And the best thing about it all is I cried, not because the author wrote a sad scene *that* well but because I cried because it was so damn good I couldn't handle it and I'm about to cry now reliving all those feels.

Screw it, best book I've ever read. 5++++++++++ stars.

It's still not enough. This book was perfect.
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I normally push my way through if I am struggling at the start of a book. I just can't do that with this book.

I got to about 30% of the book and I just felt like I had read something similar before. I am not sure whether it was just the concept of teacher and student being so unacceptable or if it was just that I didn't click with the characters.

Having said all of that there were no outstanding OMG I hate it moments, it just wasn't for me. Sorry
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This is a student teacher romance that centres around to characters who are broken from past experiences.
Undoubtably the you females is very messed up and I guess is slightly hard to read, because of all her internal confusion.
The male lead, was even harder. For me he felt more like the submissive in this relationship.
I recommend this story to people who like this style of romance. It is worth a crack.
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Such an intense story about a teacher and his "wrong side of the tracks" student who embark on a passionate love affair. Ms Raeder told the story beautifully without it coming across as salacious. Absolutely loved it!
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, Gritty, and Sexy! 1 August 2013
By Nora E. York - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
UNTEACHABLE was a unique and enjoyable read!

First, I must admit that after finding myself three-fourths of the way through the book I had to put it down because I became so anxious that it was not going to end well. I just couldn't work up the nerve to find out if it did. After two days, I finally grew a pair and finished it. Let me explain: As I got further into the plot I really started to feel that it was going to somehow end tragically in a "Romeo and Juliet" sort of way. I don't want to spoil the ending for anyone, but let's just say that as the story unfolds it becomes quite clear that it can only end one of two ways: heartbreakingly tragic or with a walk-into-the-sunset HEA.

The story was the perfect blend of drama, mystery and sexiness. It was refreshing to read what felt like real literature. Too many authors within the romance genre today have published works that more closely resemble FanFic. Their writing style is mundane, immature, and grossly naive. Ms. Raeder's writing style was spot on. It was unique and refreshing with a stream of consciousness feel at times. The writing, which is first-person (all the way through, THANK GOD!), was interesting, intelligent and witty. I completely fell in love with Maise! She is the type of female protagonist that I love to read about. She's mature and intelligent with a no-nonsense bad-ass attitude, but beneath the surface lays a broken, vulnerable and lonely girl. She grew up utterly alone and in horrible conditions yet she prevailed and took complete control of her future. She and Evan were made for each other! Despite the age difference, they share the same broken and sad inner childlike persona that pulls them to together. Their life experiences have shaped who they are. Maise is only 18, but she was long ago forced into adulthood by an addicted drug dealer whore of a mother. She is a 40 year old living inside a 25 year old body that has an actual living age of 18 years. Like Maise, Evan was also forced into adulthood too soon due to a dysfunctional family and an addicted mother who was the sole cause of an unspeakable family tragedy. Together they are able to let go and share a childlike joy and contentment that neither has been able to experience before. Unfortunately, their life circumstances throw a wrench into their relationship and growing love. The lies and secrecy begin to tear them apart and they are each thrown into a downward spiral. Hence, the foreboding sense of tragedy. I couldn't help but ask what would have happened had she stayed in the car the first night they met? Are they going to end up star-crossed lovers who don't get a happily ever after because fate's a bitch? I couldn't get a feel for how things were going to end and that's completely unique in comparison to the romance novels I've read recently.

And, Oh God, the SEX! I've had many a fantasy involving a hot teacher and a classroom. Who hasn't? No, I'm no prude and bear no shame in admitting that I've had my share of "Take Me Over Your Desk Mr. Teacher" fantasies. There were steamy and intimate tantric-like sex moments between Evan and Maise, but they also had plenty clothes-tearing, lip-biting, nail-clawing rough and raw sex with a little dominance and submission thrown in for an all-around good time. And may I say the front seat of a late 80's Chevy Monte Carlo never looked so hot!

I definitely recommend UNTEACHABLE to anyone who finds their guilty pleasure within the pages of a rough and edgy contemporary romance novel and I commend Ms. Raeder on a job well done!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Characters feel interchangeable, no romance/love detected... 21 November 2013
By Sam Mariano - Published on Amazon.com
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I will start by saying that I did not like this book. I know a lot of people seem to really love this book; I wanted to like this book, assumed I would like this book, but… I didn’t. I couldn’t stand Maise or Evan (once we finally found out anything about him), I did not root for them (or understand why I should), I didn’t like the ending, and did I mention that I could.not.stand.Maise? Given that she was the main character and the book was written entirely from her perspective, that has to be taken into account.

For the genre, I will say it is uniquely written. The writer can absolutely write; I’m sure she doesn’t need me or anyone else to tell her that. My issue was, at least for my personal preferences (and within the genre?) it was overdone. Too pretentious. Way too many metaphors and flowery verses—waxing poetic about everything. Also, not enough dialogue, and for the number of details about how full and pregnant the sky looked like and how the ride functioned and what color street lights are, not enough of the details that might have helped me feel a connection with the couple. In one part (not too far in, probably around 30%) she glosses over their time together (like always) casually mentioning they shared stories about each other’s lives. Okay… like what? You can spend a paragraph describing your mom’s “whorepaint” or your own reflection (and not for the first time; we already know what you look like, gorgeous), but not even a couple of personal details that I care about? I literally know NOTHING about Evan Wilke at this point, except that he’s a film teacher who never intended to be a teacher and he likes having sex with this clearly damaged girl. That is it. How am I supposed to get a deeper understanding of who this person is? He could be literally anyone. Maybe he’s Batman; I don’t know.

As far as her being a “bad girl” because she’s sexually empowered? Yeah, nothing says sexually empowered to me like sleeping with a bunch of dudes (not the teacher) two and three times your age because of all your “daddy issues.” She “owns” her sexuality and enjoys sex and that’s why we dislike her? Yes, that must be why she bawls like a baby the first time someone ever gives her an orgasm without worrying about having one of his own—doing it “for her.” This is not a sexually empowered female that we become acquainted with, this is a sad, damaged chick with daddy issues who gets taken for a ride by any middle aged man who asks. Any night of the week you can find her at your local strip club. Sorry; that’s how I feel about it. Maybe I have a different dictionary than other people.
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As for Maise, she turns me off for so many reasons. I hate how much better she seems to think she is than everyone else. I hate the way she thinks that she’s an adult. I hate the way that she is not written like a teenager (she’s also not written like an adult, she’s just very frustrating). Sure, she’s supposed to be “special” and "not a kid" anymore (except she is), but… just, nothing about her felt real. Maybe if she would have been in college, but as a high school student… (Frankly, I forgot that this took place in high school several times, and a couple of times lost sight of it even being a relationship between a teacher and a student. She doesn’t feel like a student, he doesn’t feel like a teacher…) I also felt like both of the people in the relationships were entirely interchangeable; put any attractive student in Maise’s place or any attractive teacher in Wilke’s place and the story/relationship wouldn’t have changed much. I didn’t like that. If I understood why Maise loved Wilke (or had a better feel for who Wilke actually was as a person) my reading experience would have probably been different, but…

Full disclosure, in case you missed it the first couple of times, I really didn’t like Maise. I also didn’t feel the need to like her all that much; she thought enough of herself for both of us.

Maise was so full of herself that I almost wished she was a real person, just so I could meet her and tell her that nobody else thinks as much of her as she does herself. I couldn’t root for her, I just wanted someone—anyone—to knock her down a peg or two. Nobody walking by the condom aisle cares AT ALL that a girl who finds herself so gorgeous that her inner monologue feels the need to include it is purchasing condoms so that she can have sex with her boyfriend. No one cares. Not at all. The fact that, in that moment, she assumes this man who is about to walk into the aisle (probably to buy his own condoms) but then awkwardly dips out the aisle when he sees someone else already standing there browsing left because of her tells you everything you really need to know about this character and how self-obsessed she is. Everything is about Maise. She feels that every guy who sees her wants to have sex with her, whether he’s walking his daughter home from school or just passing her at the carnival—she’s so hot, how can they resist? If you met a person who felt this way about his/herself, you probably wouldn’t be hammered over the head with it like this, because most people don’t talk about themselves this way (I don’t think most people THINK about themselves this way either, but hey, I’m not even going to try to argue that) but in this book, you are stuck in Maise’s head, so you do have to hear how great she thinks she is every other page, and it just… it just really makes you want to punch this fictional person in the face. I’ve only met one person in my life as in love with himself as Maise was in love with herself, and he was pretty hard to be around, too. That kind of/level of vanity is really off-putting.

On to Evan! Well, for more than ¾ of the book, I had really no opinion of Evan whatsoever; you could have swapped Evan out for any other boy or man in the universe, and it wouldn’t have changed the story much. He was a man with an appendage and a hand full of lines. I think this is another huge reason I didn’t connect with this book. I was in the dark for way too long. Their relationship moved way too fast for my emotional investment to keep up. Out of a cocktail of curiosity, hopefulness, and false confidence I hung on, waiting for their characters to catch up to their roller-coaster sexcapades, but… then… I realized I was already halfway through the book and not only did I have absolutely nothing invested in them as a couple, I still had no clue who Evan was or why he liked Maise, other than maybe her apparent physical attractiveness (and, apparently she’s “worldy.” What? When? How? What?) and youth. Eventually you do learn more about Evan, but it’s really late in the game by that point, and frankly, it does nothing to make you warm to him as a character. Quite the opposite.

I’ve seen that many people who don’t like this book feel that way because of the age difference. I want to be perfectly clear; that has nothing to do with my opinion of them. I have no issue with their age difference. I went in knowing exactly what I signed up for, a teacher student story, and that was not my issue. I didn’t have an issue with Evan and Maise because of their teacher-student status either (I like that storyline). I did have issues with Evan, once he was no longer a blank slate. I don’t understand how he keeps getting teaching jobs. I don’t understand why he isn’t more cautious when he should know better. I would not trust him, all things considered. But that’s me, obviously lots of people feel differently about it. I did not fall in love with these characters or their story, so… not on that bandwagon.

Also sticking out in my memory, a scene in which Maise and Evan are “playing” like a troubled married couple that… I feel like was supposed to be funny, or at least amusing and… it was not. To my recollection, that’s the only attempt at humor, and… it didn’t work. (Which sucks, ‘cause I do like at least a little shot of humor here or there, but… I think, honestly, that scene also sticks out to me because of a nitpick: women cannot and do not “babysit” their own children. Nobody “babysits” their own kids. I think I notice this mostly because the author is usually pretty deliberate in her language; in the beginning of the book Maise mentally calls Evan out because he didn’t automatically assume she was underage when he mentioned he was starting a new job and she didn’t follow it up with asking what his job was, because it should have been a dead giveaway—something about kids not thinking of things like that, whereas an adult would have asked. I wouldn’t have made that leap as a reader, but…apparently that’s that.
I did love Wesley though! And there were a few snippets of the sex scenes that I liked. But mostly, I just felt like a 32 year old was randomly hooking up with some easy 18 year old. As much as Maise tried to convince the reader of the feelings behind it with language, I personally couldn’t feel it.

Also, as the story started to wrap up I thought she was going in a different direction (which I would have respected, and probably bumped up a star for the realism) but then… that turned out not to be the case.

Overall, the author can obviously write, but as a love story, this one fell flat for me. Hopefully the next one has a slightly more grounded female lead. :)
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate 'anti-cliché' teacher-student romance. 31 July 2013
By Ana Rita - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
"I see the lights every night. It seems like the whole world has figured out how to be happy, but no one's letting me in on the secret. "

`Unteachable' by Leah Raeder is not your common teacher-student romance. What makes this book so different from the others?

One of the elements that differentiate this book is the heroine, Maise O'Malley.
She's not some 18-year-old, naïve, whiny female character(thankgod!). Maise, is someone who had a tough upbringing, her mother is a drug-addict and her father abandoned her, that's one of the reasons that leads her to sleep with older men, like she so eloquently explains:

"Thanks, Dad, for leaving a huge void in my life that Freud says has to be filled with d*ck"

I love her, she's pretty straightforward about her choices, she's one of the most interesting characters I've read lately: complex, funny, sarcastic and defiant. To some, she might come across as arrogant, but as we get to `know' her, we understand that attitude as a defense mechanism. Her internal monologues are priceless, they fit her personality perfectly and the humour is smart - a breath of fresh air.

Great character development and that applies to the secondary characters in this story - like Wesley, a fellow movie buff that becomes her friend, despite her initial stand-off attitude.

So, when we first meet Maise, she's at a carnival in her Lolita/seductress persona and that's where she meets Evan aka Mr.Wilke

"There are moments, when you're getting to know someone, when you realize something deep and buried in you is deep and buried in them, too. It feels like meeting a stranger you've known your whole life."

They are undeniably attracted to each other so things escalate pretty quickly, but Maise is caught off guard with the immediate connection she feels with Evan, that goes beyond her control:

"Something was spiralling wildly inside of me, more and more out of control. My usual surgical approach to sex wouldn't work here. He kept confusing it with these tender, adoring gestures."

I think the only similarity this story has with the other teacher-student romances is exactly that moment when Maise starts her senior year and (surprise, surprise) Evan is her new `Film Studies' teacher.

One of the things I liked about this story was the way the author developed the relationship between Evan and Maise, it's not overly dramatic, but it is intense both emotionally and physically and for all the naughty readers out there (myself included) it's insanely HOT (I'm not exaggerating). It's not a hypocritical approach and they aren't constantly trying to justify the situation with fake morals or trying to embellish their relationship with the idea of undying love. Actually, at some point they acknowledge the thrill of the forbidden/taboo and its influence on their relationship, that was refreshing.

`Unteachable' is a page turner, the plot is really engaging, and while I was reading it I felt dared by the author. I became anxious at some points creating theories about what would happen next (failing miserably BTW) and in the end I was pleasantly surprised, on that note, in my opinion, the ending was perfect.

That said, the writing is AMAZING , I'm really, really looking forward to read more from this talented author. Finally, I think this book has the most honest approach I've read of the teacher-student romance, it's unique, funny, unconventional, intense, HOT, bold, realistic - the ultimate `anti-cliché' student-teacher romance.

So, of course I recommend it, but don't expect rainbows or butterflies. Read it with an open mind, tell your preconceived notions to take a hike and expect the unexpected.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is why I read 2 August 2013
By Sexy Sadie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is the perfect example of why i read. This kind of connection with the characters, this rawness in the emotions, and fantastic writing that makes me think and relate to the story. Read this book. Amazing. No cheap thrills and dumb plot here, the story draws you and the deep writing makes you feel the characters. Thought the sex was going to be cheap and usual with this type of plot, but i was so wrong- i thought i was on fire with steamy scenes that actually had emotion attached. Can't say enough! So very good.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a class by itself. Don't skip UNTEACHABLE. 25 March 2014
By midwestgalleygirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm an unabashed fangirl of this book and its author, Leah Raeder. Kudos to Atria for publishing this stunning debut.

Read my full review at my blog, Midwest Galley Girl.

If you're not familiar with the HIGHLIGHT function on your Kindle, you need to get acquainted with it when you read UNTEACHABLE. Raeder describes herself as lyrical and I nod to that assessment. Whole paragraphs of prose bend around each other, flowing like water. I found myself re-reading a lot just to really pick up on the subtleties.

Don't skip this book if you can handle a story about the spaces between black and white. One that embraces stereotypes and then turns them a bit so they no longer fit the mold. The ending is incredibly satisfying, but Maise's going to make you work for it to the bitter end. SO worth it.