Unteachable by Leah Raeder


Published: March 24th 2014  (first published July 27th 2013)

Publisher: Atria

Length: 320 pags

My Rating: 5 stars


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.

My Review:

This was well written, amazingly steamy and has really likable main characters. If you haven’t guessed from the blurb this is a teacher-student relationship, however both characters are adults and meet initially outside the school.

I was heavily invested in their story and read it in one sitting. This is one of my favorite reads of this year. It was a gripping read, at time heartbreaking but overall a wholesome story about two people who shouldn’t be together  but who are clearly meant to be.

The only issue was that Maise is not the first inappropriate relationship that Evan has had and I would have preferred that this had been excluded as it did tarnish him a little in my eyes.

*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads. 


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