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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)
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,006 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 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Unteachable 6 July 2015
By Angie - Published on
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Unteachable was very nearly the student-teacher romance I have been searching for! Nearly, only because there was this sudden blackmailing subplot that I could have done without. But I was cheering for Maise and Mr. Wilke! Like, for serious! They meet during summer break and hit it off immediately. Of course, Maise has no idea that he's going to be her Film Studies teacher, and he thinks she's a twenty-one year old intern. But none of that matters once they're reunited and can't fight their feelings.

I love student-teacher romances, and Unteachable made me very happy even when it made me very frustrated. Maise and Evan are sneaking around even though she's 18, and it's technically legal for them to be together even if he is her teacher. She doesn't want to get him fired, because she loves his class (as well as him). And he doesn't want to screw up her future. They are really in love and I really believed them! It's not all sunshine and rainbows when they're together though. They have problems, which I take as a sign that they really care about each other. It's not just sex, sex, sex.

Of course, there has to be a twist. Something doesn't add up about Evan, and I figured it out. But I wasn't mad that it was kind of obvious. I was actually glad that I was right, since it wasn't this huge, unbelievable, out of nowhere thing. I totally believed it, and I understood, but it still didn't make it right! Be honest with each other! Gosh! You're already lying to the world, don't bring that into your love bubble! Get it together!

As for that random blackmail plot, I really think Unteachable would have been stronger without it. I felt like Maise's fear of becoming her mother would have been a great thing to explore without that extra tidbit. It really added nothing for me. I did like how Maise gets herself out of it though, and then sits down with her mother and tells her how things are going to be. That woman needed a wake up call, and it's sad that it had to come from her daughter.

In the end, I really liked Unteachable. And I absolutely loved that last page! I wasn't sure how this story was going to end. It really could have gone either way of Maise and Even getting their happily ever after despite the odds, or they could crumble under the pressure. Either ending would have worked just fine for me if done right. And this ending was definitely done right.
4.0 out of 5 stars Some you love, some you hate 17 March 2017
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I expected the classic student falls for the teacher. The teacher falls for the student. Insert hot steamy sex and hopefully a HEA.

What I read was an emotionally charged story of two people trying to find their way. Both Maise and Evan have unique and intriguing back stories. What the author provides upon the pages of this book surprised me. She took a theme that should be taboo and intertwined a heartfelt, sorrowful, loving and passionate story.

Every character in this story is written so well that their very essence consumes you. Some you love, some you hate, some you fear and some have you wondering what their ulterior motive is.

While the story does focus on a love story between a teacher and a student it provides so much more. The qualities that create all of the characters provide mystery, intrigue, hate, hope to the story. Internally I fought for what I wanted to happen to each character. I never anticipated having a story within a story but that’s what I received. A student teacher romance with a twist. An all-consuming story of their lives, their determination and their fight to escape a brutal, hurtful past.

The creativity of the author was wonderful. Providing little tells throughout the story. At times I wondered why he inserted certain lines and as I read her intent became clear. It was like she wanted to make you think but did not allow you much time to dwell as you wanted to keep reading.

I enjoyed this book. It was not what I expected at all. Fully defined characters, intrigue, mystery and suspense. Passion written beautifully allowing the reader to expand on the words the author provides.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SEISMIC kick! 15 March 2015
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Can I give ten stars? Or can the stars be put to the power of ten. The poetry behind the words, linking the ideas was as enjoyable as the story itself. Fresh. Now there's canned word but Leah Raeder puts a spin on it.
Maise O'Malley about jumps off the page. And Evan is the perfect fluid framework for her out of bounds teenage angst while fully capable of assessing all the angles
Unteachable doesn't draw the reader in la-de-dah, its sucks you in. This story should come with a warning: WILL HIT WITH THE FORCE OF A NATURAL DISASTER!
It's not that there were surprises and twists galore. There's a pleasant few, but the reader is given the clues, so when they drop. It's with thud that resonates. You will read like the ending can't come fast enough. I was a bit unbalanced when it was over. So yeah, after living in Miami and through plenty of storms, it was like a force of nature.

This is one of those stories I'd love to see made into a movie, but afraid they'd screw it up. All I can say is I will read every book this writer writes. Unteachable is like a shot of Katy Perry's music to Glee to Kerouac, stuff it in a blender, add a red bull and hit pulverize. LOVE LOVE LOVED IT.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unteachable has overwhelmed me so deeply, every time I ... 16 August 2014
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Unteachable has overwhelmed me so deeply, every time I try to write this review I fail.I just can't find the words to describe it.They are all far too understated.They don't resemble the breathtaking feelings I felt...they don't reflect the emotions you provoked inside of me and neither the pool of tears that filled my eyes to capacity... before rolling down my cheeks uncontrollably " as if " I had withheld them for over 20 years. I could say that Unteachable came close to my heart, but again it would be an understatement, the reality is that you from your chapter one on... merely burst through my heart without knocking and never left until Maise airplane took off to the sky of California. Leah, I just want to share with the world that your way with words epitomizes power, yours exceeds what average eyes can write, what you possess is magical, you maneuver them with perfection, if you align them to dance...we can hear the sound of music... if you paint them, we can see the colors...your unpredictable imagination is entwined with the universe ...making your "talent" traveling on high speed of the horizon... and we are the privileged ones, because the journey of brilliant minds never reaches... infinity. "Thank you." Cristiane
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's okay. 31 August 2013
By Adam Ruining - Published on
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I'll disclaim now that I Internet-know Ms. Raeder, and anything I've said here, I'm willing to Internet say to her Internet face.

Which I have.

And what I said was, this book's decent if not my usual fare.

So why did I read it? First, to support Ms. Raeder; I saw the tweets of furious writing and I'm glad she was successfully able to get this book out of herself and into the world. Second, because I try to be diverse; I believe a healthy understanding of things you like -and- dislike is, well, healthy.

Romance books are not a thing I like.

But! Despite that, I can see why people adore this.

Foremost, Maise's not an idiot (indeed, she comes across as too clever by half more than once). She thankfully sidesteps a lot of easy tropes, even if she falls into some others, but life is a collection of tropes for most people, so who can criticize a fictional girl for being a reflection of that? Plus, Evan genuinely likes her. I reckon that's important, this whole having "leads who like each other thing," or it probably wouldn't be romantic; instead, we'd have my grandparents. There are side characters who serve purposes, one of whom I'll address in a moment, but for the most part, it's the Maise + Evan Show, staring Maise and Evan as Maise and Evan getting it on.

Oh, did you think they don't? Well you're wrong, right in your Internet face. They get it on all the time, all over the place. Which brings me to my first stylistic distaste: ALL THE SIMILES AND ADJECTIVES. I like a good simile as much as a US Supreme Court enjoys allowing unlimited corporate spending in a political campaign, but this... This is too much.

For me!

This may be just your thing! And if it is, I'm glad for you! I hate mushrooms to the point that I tell people I'm allergic, just to keep them out of my food, which others should appreciate because that means there are more mushrooms for them, which isn't a completely correct analogy because if you eat a mushroom it's gone while you can have someone using excess language without diminishing the amount of language for you to use, but either way, it's fine that other people like mushrooms and they're welcome to continue enjoying them, just like if you want to read about the electric thrills screaming through Maise's body like a roller coaster that never drops every time Evan touches her, I'm glad!

The point is, this is a style choice that simply doesn't suit me. It doesn't make the book bad; it simply caters to someone else. You, I hope.

What I find to be actually weak with the book is its handling of the foil, who appears briefly, darts off for most of the book, and returns as a walking, breathing trope by the end to be vanquished within a few pages.

Huh? I said tropes are okay, just a few paragraphs up? Hold on... Let me...

Oh, yes. I said tropes are okay for most people. Because most people are impossibly dull, going through normal, routine lives. That's why the people who make the news... make the news. Maise is mostly tropes, with a bit of defiance, a twist due to her unique situation (did I mention she's getting it on with her teacher? she totally is). Maise's allowed to be a lot of tropes with a slight twist because we need to engage with her, to sympathize with her, and yet find something exceptional that makes her compelling enough to keep reading about.

Take Bruce Wayne for example. If he were a billionaire playboy who's awesome at martial arts and detective work and fought criminals at night and then came home to his warm loving parents, would any of us care? Probably not. That's why Superman fails for so many people: he's a Godlike being, flying around, punching all the evil, and still has his nice, warm bed in Kansas to return to. HO HUM.

Bruce, though, man. He's an orphan. Seeing his parents gunned down? There's your twist. There's your little extra kick in the pants that says, "Hey, here's how we spice it up. He goes INSANE."

So Maise is gorgeous, of course. And she likes awesome movies, naturally. And she has terrible relations with her parent, like so many of us (though this is hyperbole). So if she were gorgeous and cool and had a drug-dealer mom, we wouldn't care. But throw in SLEEPING WITH HER TEACHER OH MY GOD and now you have that extra something to make it memorable.

Unfortunately, our villain doesn't. The villain is just... The villain. Leering and skeevy. A perfunctory wall there for the hero to surpass, which Ms. Raeder even admits in the book.

This is why I knocked a star off the review. I may not be gay, but I can tell when a guy's handsome. And, uh, what was I... Oh, yes, sorry; got distracted thinking of Clooney. Anyway, romance may not be my genre, but I'd like to think I can recognize quality. And the handling of our foil is not the most quality.

The soundtrack, also, was terrible. "Maps"? Are you F'ing me? That song's God awful. For knowing what an after school special is, Maise ought to have better taste in music.

"Unteachable" is a mostly decent book. I'd recommend it to my friends who are into romance (because I'm still totally clueless as to what constitutes New Adult), and maybe to any guy who wants to figure out what the Hell's going on with women (spoiler: they're super messed up, man).

4.03 stars, rounded down.

P.S. Evan Wilke is the Nikolai Tesla of love.