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Unteachable [Kindle Edition]

Leah Raeder
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Book Description

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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USA Today Bestselling Book

"This book overwhelmed me, thrilled me, ignited me and brainwashed me. I have a very special rating for stories that push the norm and do so through the most spectacularly unique writing style, and this book truly deserved every single one of those six stars of greatness."
- Natasha Is A Book Junkie

"It grabbed my attention from the very first line. I had goosebumps and spent the rest of my read desperately overusing the highlight function on my Kindle."
- Aestas Book Blog

"A gripping, passionate and raw story that I absolutely recommend."
- Totally Booked Blog

About the Author

Leah Raeder is the author of Unteachable and Black Iris. 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

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  • File Size: 1464 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (March 24, 2014)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, Gritty, and Sexy! July 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
UNTEACHABLE was a unique and enjoyable read!

First, I must admit that after finding myself three-fourths of the way through the book I had to put it down because I became so anxious that it was not going to end well. I just couldn't work up the nerve to find out if it did. After two days, I finally grew a pair and finished it. Let me explain: As I got further into the plot I really started to feel that it was going to somehow end tragically in a "Romeo and Juliet" sort of way. I don't want to spoil the ending for anyone, but let's just say that as the story unfolds it becomes quite clear that it can only end one of two ways: heartbreakingly tragic or with a walk-into-the-sunset HEA.

The story was the perfect blend of drama, mystery and sexiness. It was refreshing to read what felt like real literature. Too many authors within the romance genre today have published works that more closely resemble FanFic. Their writing style is mundane, immature, and grossly naive. Ms. Raeder's writing style was spot on. It was unique and refreshing with a stream of consciousness feel at times. The writing, which is first-person (all the way through, THANK GOD!), was interesting, intelligent and witty. I completely fell in love with Maise! She is the type of female protagonist that I love to read about. She's mature and intelligent with a no-nonsense bad-ass attitude, but beneath the surface lays a broken, vulnerable and lonely girl. She grew up utterly alone and in horrible conditions yet she prevailed and took complete control of her future. She and Evan were made for each other! Despite the age difference, they share the same broken and sad inner childlike persona that pulls them to together. Their life experiences have shaped who they are.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE give me more.. 5 INSANE stars!! August 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
ARC provided for an honest review

BOOKGASM!! Yes I am suffering from an incredible one. Leah Raeder contacted us as a review request. We have 100s of these come through and we try to get to them all but our list is really long. Long story short, we contacted Leah to set up a review and she told us about her blog tour so we joined. Well THANK YOU!! This book was everything and more. I can't even begin to tell you the unbelievable writing. I mean lyrical and captivating. I still can not believe that it is a story about a student and a teacher. Not only that it is about something so taboo but that I was encouraging it throughout the story.

Some points to make:
1. She is 18. She is not some naïve 15 year old girl!
2. They do not KNOW he is a teacher and she is a student when they meet.
3. I love them so if you don't like it.. shhhhh

Maise O'Malley is seriously such a FAN-TASTIC character! I mean holy s*it! She has the worlds worst mother, no real friends, but she is so strong. She meets Evan while facing her fears at a carnival. She had a tradgedy happen on a roller coaster (her stuffed animal died)... seriously you will be amazed at this story... anyway this is where she meets him. She doesn't know his name, or who he is but they can feel something between them. Maise and Evan get together again not knowing who the other is. They have this profound soul deep connection, and again the writing.. just WOW

"I see the lights every night. It seems like the whole world has figured out how to be happy, but no one's letting me in on the secret."

Evan Wilke, ummm yeah reminds me of a teacher I had in High School you know you had one too the one you were like "if only". Yeah all the girls love him and would do rude things to him.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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I will start by saying that I did not like this book. I know a lot of people seem to really love this book; I wanted to like this book, assumed I would like this book, but… I didn’t. I couldn’t stand Maise or Evan (once we finally found out anything about him), I did not root for them (or understand why I should), I didn’t like the ending, and did I mention that I could.not.stand.Maise? Given that she was the main character and the book was written entirely from her perspective, that has to be taken into account.

For the genre, I will say it is uniquely written. The writer can absolutely write; I’m sure she doesn’t need me or anyone else to tell her that. My issue was, at least for my personal preferences (and within the genre?) it was overdone. Too pretentious. Way too many metaphors and flowery verses—waxing poetic about everything. Also, not enough dialogue, and for the number of details about how full and pregnant the sky looked like and how the ride functioned and what color street lights are, not enough of the details that might have helped me feel a connection with the couple. In one part (not too far in, probably around 30%) she glosses over their time together (like always) casually mentioning they shared stories about each other’s lives. Okay… like what? You can spend a paragraph describing your mom’s “whorepaint” or your own reflection (and not for the first time; we already know what you look like, gorgeous), but not even a couple of personal details that I care about? I literally know NOTHING about Evan Wilke at this point, except that he’s a film teacher who never intended to be a teacher and he likes having sex with this clearly damaged girl. That is it. How am I supposed to get a deeper understanding of who this person is? He could be literally anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars and I am so glad I did
I bought “Unteachable” by Leah Raeder on a whim, and I am so glad I did. Teacher-student relationships are usually more squicky than sexy for me, and I’m not sure whether the... Read more
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You don't just read this book you feel it. Really loved it! Amazing writing, great story. Would definitely recommend! A+
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5.0 out of 5 stars So. Good.
I devoured this book. Holy cow, can Leah Raeder write. She took a cliched topic (the forbidden student/teacher relationship) and made it something so poignant, evocative, and real. Read more
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After reading Black Iris and falling into a deep slump because of how amazing it was, I was fully prepared to adore this book. So imagine my surprise when I was just underwhelmed. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful writing, but the story didn't work.
The beautiful imagery combined with Leah Raeder's striking prose in Unteachable was so alluring to me. However, for me the writing was not enough to hold the story together. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected and consuming.....a romance like no other.....
When you are 18 - you take life by the hands and experience everything you possibly can. So many things are just waiting to be discovered. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Teacher/Student love
Teacher/student love. Not my favorite type of romanc i give it 3.5 stars. The writing is fantastic which is why i give 4 stars. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars It's so not right, but it's oh so good!
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Maise, you wonderful, stupid girl and Evan, you sick, perverted, sweetheart. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Blendysreadit
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Unteachable a few weeks ago, and was finally able to pick it up and read it over the past couple of night

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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.

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