I met him at a carnival, of all corny places. The summer I turned eighteen, in that chaos of neon lights and cheap thrills, I met a man so sweet, so beautiful, he seemed to come from another world. We had one night: intense, scary, real. Then I ran, like I always do. Because I didn’t want to be abandoned again.

But I couldn’t run far enough.

I knew him as Evan that night. When I walked into his classroom, he became Mr. Wilke.

My teacher.

I don’t know if what we’re doing is wrong. The rules say one thing; my heart says screw the rules. I can’t let him lose his job. And I can’t lose him.

In the movies, this would have a happy ending. I grow up. I love, I lose, I learn. And I move on. But this is life, and there’s no script. You make it up as you go along.

And you don’t pray for a happy ending. You pray for it to never end.

This novel contains graphic sexual content and strong language. It is intended for mature readers.

Buy UNTEACHABLE (Paperback)

I've noticed Unteachable around the web a few times. The cover is insanely eye catching and yes, it makes a huge impact when you are viewing a whole of of books at the same time. It stands out and makes you take notice. Unteachable was on my TBR list, however, I ended up reading it as an ARC before I could make the purchase. But now... I'm going to buy it for the sole purpose of supporting Leah Raeder! And it's definitely a book I want to own in paperback.
Maise is 18. Evan is 33. Yes it sounds dodge... but it's not at all the case. If you have an issue with young girls dating older guys... get over it. Unteachable magnificently confirms the old saying that age is just a number and you can't choose who you fall in love with.

Unteachable takes on a whole new approach to writing. It's undoubtedly become a favorite style of mine. It's written in a why those cinema art nouveau movies are done. It's kind of weird… a total mind-f**k, but when it's over you feel like a new person. You feel as if you've grown over the course of the few hours spent watching it. When it ends you can only stare blankly into the distance wondering WTF just happened… and then you realize that you've just experience a whole new level of intense… an it's insanely amazing!

That's how I feel right now. Numb and high all at the same time. I feel as if I've just lived. I was pulled into a world where life is not black and white. It's not always about boy meets girl. They fall in love. Some drama happens. You hold your breath waiting to get to the conclusion where they will run back into each others arms and live HEA. The way I feel right now…. I want to pick a fight with my other half just so I can experience the passion and intensity you get when you are saying horrible things to each other… yet deep down, you know they love you no matter what… And I might just do that when I get done writing this review.

In Unteachable, every single word had thought put into it. It wasn't just a scripted tale, pumped out to us romance junkies in the hopes that you can make a buck or two in sales. It was magnificently plotted, perfectly planned and you know what… the timing of this book was just perfect. The last time I felt so trance-d out by a book was when I read Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. And that was in December last year, so yes… it was about time another breathtakingly exquisite book was released and it was high time I experienced this feeling again. Honestly, my standards have just risen to an all time high. Reading doesn't get any better than this.

Give me a moment… I need to give myself a slap so I can get my emotions in check just long enough to write an actual review of this book…

Alright, I'm back and I've scored a cup of coffee in the deal. Now I'm ready to start talking about Unteachable.

But what can I say that I haven't already said at the start of this review? I'm not one for spoiler reviews so that limits me a little. But I guess I'll break the book down in a simpler fashion so you can understand better.

Maise is at the town carnival. She's alone, kind of lost, yet you would never ever think that if you saw her. But she's a strong person. She's gained more life experience in her 18 years of life than many of us ever will in our entire existence. She's smart, witty and although you know she feels as if she's only a shell of a person… she's more of a person than most of us ever will be. Yes she's scared. But she's scared of the things you and I take for granted. She's scared of loving and being loved. She's scared of wanting and being wanted. But even with all that… she's one of the most amazing characters I've ever read about. Ever. I find myself wishing that somewhere deep inside me… somewhere hidden… there is a Maise in me. Fearless. Determined. Strong. She's perfect really and I kind of have a girl crush on her right now. (lol)
I’m not going to do the whole rollercoaster/falling in love metaphor. I didn’t fall in love with him up there. Maybe I fell in love with the idea of love, but I’m a teenage girl. This morning I fell in love with raspberry jam and a puppy in a tiny raincoat. I’m not exactly Earth’s top authority on the subject.
But when we crested the first peak and the world sprawled beneath us like a tangled-up string of Christmas lights and then we plunged toward it at lightspeed, the guy and I reached for each other’s hands spontaneously and simultaneously.
And I felt something I’ve never felt before.
You can call it love, or you can call it freefall. They’re pretty much the same thing.
Evan is 32/33 years old. 32 when they meet. (I believe) He's good looking. Lost and I don't really want to say this… but I think he's kind of hopeless. We won't really know what and who he really is until or if we get a chance to read about what's going on in his head (maybe in a followup? #hint). But unfortunately in Unteachable you don't really get what's inside his mind so you kind of have to make up your own story for him. So that's how I saw him. I didn't once think that this taboo relationship between Maise and Evan was wrong. I rooted for them from the moment he sat down next to her on that roller coaster. I wanted them to have each other - regardless of their age gap.

All in all… Unteachable is about how the two of them face life, the challenges that are brought before them and how they need to decipher if their relationship is based on the 'naughty' act of teacher / student relationships or if it's something deeper… more meaningful.

The writing was brilliant. The sexual descriptions were tasteful and since we read this through Maise's POV… (and even though she's only 18)… it was so mature. Far more mature than most New Adult or even in some cases Adult books are written these days. I forgot the age difference between the two of them and just lived in the fiction of this love story. I adored it right to the end. If my review has not swayed you into purchasing it immediately… nothing will and this post is a total lost cause.

Rating: 5 Stars!

RELEASE DATE: July 26th, 2012
GENRE: New Adult / Adult Romance

PUBLISHER: Leah Raeder


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