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.
About Leah 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. Visit her at LeahRaeder.com.
My 3-star Review
I am still unsure of this book. Did I like it? Did I dislike it? I am not sure. It's a good book, but definitely not one of those books that stayed with me afterwards. I was more like, eh with this one. I thought it was going to be more profound and heart-wrenching from the description.
The characters themselves are not as relate-able as I hoped. I didn't like Evan. Given his age, he acted more like the eighteen year old than Maise did. He left a bitter taste in my mouth. Maise is the typical eighteen year old who just wants to be and wants to be loved. She hasn't had that in her life. So she seeks that relationship that she thinks will define her.
The plot itself is one that you are curious about. We have all seen it on TV. The student and teacher having a relationship. However, Maise is of consenting age. That makes it easier to stomach. Then throw in her druggie/drug dealer mother's drama. The combination makes for an interesting read and plot twist. Lies, blackmail. Yeah they are in there in the middle of everything.
Overall, I gave this an average rating. Unfortunately, generally speaking, this is an average book for me. Like I said, it isn't the best book, but it isn't a bad book!