Friday, August 23, 2013

Book Review: Unteachable

Title Unteachable

Author Leah Raeder

Release Date July 27, 2013

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

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.

Unteachable is one of the best new new adult books I've read.

Raeder's writing is amazing. The romance is beautiful The sex scenes are actually hot. This book is full of quotables. What more could one possibly ask for when reading a new adult book?

While many of the individual elements of the story aren't exactly unique (neglected girl that's had to grow up too quickly, lost man-boy from a broken home), the overall story and how it's told is unique. To say that Unteachable is an emotional roller coaster is a bit of an understatement. Don't be fooled, though, in no way is this a bad thing. It's done with a very real sense of believability.

There's so many good things I could say about this book, but I definitely don't want to give anything away. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book. Even if you've had a bad experience with the new adult genre (which, let's be honest, is just about everyone), give Unteachable a fair shot. It won't let you down.

Raeder has a true gift for writing. I look forward to reading something from her again.


5 out of 5 stars

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