Spotlight Review-Unteachable by Leah Raeder

“Complicated dynamics, forbidden sexual tension, and untamed passion. Easily one of my favorite reads.” –Gail McHugh, New York Times bestselling author

“Lyrical, vivid, and poignant, Unteachable is one of the best forbidden romances I’ve ever read,”

— Lauren Blakely, New York Times bestselling author


UNTEACHABLE by Leah Raeder

Paperback | On sale: 10/14/14 | ISBN: 9781476786407 | 320 pages | $15.00 eBook | ISBN: 9781476786414

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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.

Sarah’s 4 Star Review

Unteachable by Leah Raeder  is a not just a story about a student/teacher relationship. It also focuses on some very difficult issues such as drug abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse. This book took me on a very emotional roller-coaster.

Maise O’Malley is an 18 year old high school student who has pretty much taken care of herself her entire life. She grew up with a drug addicted mother and a non-existent father. Although she is not a drug addict like her mother she has her own addiction which is sleeping with older men. She never sticks with them for very long though, usually just long enough to dull the pain of never being loved by her own father.
“Thanks, Dad, for leaving a huge void in my life that Freud says has to be filled with d*ck.”
At the end of the summer before her senior year Maise goes to the community fair and there she meets an older man on the roller-coaster. Things heat up very quickly between these two strangers and in true Maise style she leaves the situation as quickly as she can. The separation doesn’t last long as Maise soon finds out that the stranger is her film class teacher.
Evan Wilkes can’t believe his eyes when the girl that took off on him at the fair is one his students. He tries to ignore Masie but the attraction between them is so strong that he finds it almost impossible. They both fear that Evan could lose his job if they continue their affair but find it difficult to deny the feelings that have for each other.
“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.”
Maise’s friend Wesley is also in love with her and she struggles with keeping her relationship with Evan a secret from him. She loves the time she spends with Wesley and his mom and doesn’t want to ruin their friendship by telling him about Evan. Wesley is a smart guy though and knows that Maise is hiding something from him. When the truth comes out with she choose to stay with Evan or decide that her friendship with Wesley is more important to her?
I really enjoyed Ms. Raeder’s writing style and the depth this story had. I loved the connection between all the characters. They all played such an important role in this story. The one thing I didn’t like was how abruptly the story ended. I was hoping for a look into the future of these characters lives. I definitely look forward to reading more from Ms. Raeder.


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.

Find Leah online: WebsiteFacebook | Twitter

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