What it’s all about

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.

What I thought

I’ve got to be honest here and say I almost gave up on this one. I asked one day for something to read and someone told me I had to read this. Actually, a lot of people told me I had to read this. So off I went and bought it. When I got to around the 40% mark I wasn’t all consumed by it like I usually would be and I almost gave up reading it. I didn’t for two reasons. I never give up reading a book. I can think of only one book that I have and that was a rarity. Also because people whose opinions I trust more than I trust my own told me not to. And I soldiered on.

Thank God!! Imagine I could have missed out on this fabulous book if I had just discarded it. When I hot the 50% mark everything changed. Now I must point out the book wasn’t bad up until this point, it just hadn’t consumed me as I said. That was then rectified. The story came into its own and I was enthralled. I couldn’t put down and may even have missed a class or two in college in order to get it read. Shussh – don’t tell anyone that.

I suppose forbidden love is one of those things that we all love to read and Leah Raeder has written it so well. You want it to happen but you know that it shouldn’t and it gives you a feeling of butterflies inside. You aren’t sure if you want them to do whats right or to do what feels right. Do you want them to have a happy ever after? Do you want them to get caught?

There are so many elements to this book and I am not sure which I enjoyed more. It’s not just the forbidden love and the teacher / student taboo. There are moral issues, secrets and lies, family dynamics, best friend issues, unrequited love. It delves into the world of drugs and neglect. This is a book packed full of emotion, twists and turns. And you know not everyone can get everything they want. Can they all get enough though?

I hugely enjoyed the second part of this book, and while I wasn’t overly excited by the first half I remember saying at the time that the first half as absolutely necessary to facilitate the second half. You had to have all the detail from early on to understand the actions of the characters later.

I would definitely now recommend this book to read, I also believe that the others that told me to read it did not feel the same as I did about the first half – they were hooked right from the very beginning. It actually reminded me of Tammara Webber’s Easy, so if you loved that you will love this.


  1. Books mean so many different things to different people, I think it often depends on your own experiences and tour frame of mind when you read a book, how and what you get from a book. Glad you enjoyed it in the end.

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