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"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."
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"A gripping, passionate and raw story that I absolutely recommend."
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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 LeahRaeder.com.

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  • File Size: 1464 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (March 24, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 24, 2014
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IQ8QQIS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,820 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Nora E. York on July 31, 2013
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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 By Schmexy Girl Book Blog on August 23, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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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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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ana Rita on July 30, 2013
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"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. "

`Unteachable' by Leah Raeder is not your common teacher-student romance. What makes this book so different from the others?

One of the elements that differentiate this book is the heroine, Maise O'Malley.
She's not some 18-year-old, naïve, whiny female character(thankgod!). Maise, is someone who had a tough upbringing, her mother is a drug-addict and her father abandoned her, that's one of the reasons that leads her to sleep with older men, like she so eloquently explains:

"Thanks, Dad, for leaving a huge void in my life that Freud says has to be filled with d*ck"

I love her, she's pretty straightforward about her choices, she's one of the most interesting characters I've read lately: complex, funny, sarcastic and defiant. To some, she might come across as arrogant, but as we get to `know' her, we understand that attitude as a defense mechanism. Her internal monologues are priceless, they fit her personality perfectly and the humour is smart - a breath of fresh air.

Great character development and that applies to the secondary characters in this story - like Wesley, a fellow movie buff that becomes her friend, despite her initial stand-off attitude.

So, when we first meet Maise, she's at a carnival in her Lolita/seductress persona and that's where she meets Evan aka Mr.Wilke

"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.
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