Thursday, October 16, 2014

[Release Blitz & Review] Unteachable

“Complicated dynamics, forbidden sexual tension, and untamed passion. Easily one of my favorite reads.”
--Gail McHugh, New York Times bestselling author

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.

“Lyrical, vivid, and poignant, Unteachable is one of the best forbidden romances I’ve ever read,”
-- Lauren Blakely, New York Times bestselling author

UNTEACHABLE by Leah Raeder
Paperback | On sale: 10/14/14 | ISBN: 9781476786407 | 320 pages | $15.00
eBook | ISBN: 9781476786414

You should love something while you have it, love it fully and without reservation, even if you know you’ll lose it someday. We lose everything. If you’re trying to avoid less, there’s no point in taking another breath, or letting your heart beat one more time. It all ends. His fingers curled around mine. That’s all life is. Breathing in, breathing out. The space between two breaths.

This book gives you the ultimate schizophrenic feels. I seriously never knew where my emotions were leading me. I was immensely impressed with the whole scandal of, well everything in this novel. Leah Raeder takes you to a whole new world where deceit, drugs, lust, betrayal, and anxiety. Unteachable is so well written and it really brings you out of your comfort zone. I’m not saying that I was particularly uncomfortable, but certain situations did get under my skin a little, morally wise. Then again, I’m also not saying I wouldn’t do the exact same thing in a position like the main character Maise was. The whole ideation of forbidden love is just piques curiosity in everyone.

 He looked at all of me, my fresh teenage skin, my adult certainty, my old soul. No one had ever at me so completely. No one had ever seen me as such a whole, rounded person.

I felt like the characters were very relatable, even if you couldn’t place yourself in their shoes. Maise was brave, cocky, intelligent and definitely had issues in her past, especially with men. Using sex as a coping mechanism, she was quite the seductress. Throughout the entire story she always knew who she was, even if she didn’t want to know. Mr. Evan Wilke, on the other hand is a completely different story. He’s a conundrum to Maise. She’s attracted to him beyond what she can fathom and doesn’t understand why. Who wouldn’t fall for a guy like Evan though? I mean he’s older, wiser, sexier, and more appealing than the average high school boy.

You are so alive, Maise. You are so here, so present in the moment. You’ve taught me that happiness is possible now, not in some distant future. You’ll scale a mountain without a second thought, face your fears, and throw yourself into danger, and you’re not reckless but bold, proud. You have a lion’s heart. You’re not afraid to live.

I enjoyed the support characters quite tremendously. Wesley had my heart from beginning to end. He was quirky, passionate, and loyal to a fault. As much as I disliked Maise’s mother, and her classmate Hiyam, they definitely played an important role to the story.

I felt something I’ve never felt before. You can call it love, or you can call it free fall. They’re pretty much the same thing.

This story is definitely not one that you’ll soon forget. I urge you to pick up this novel and give it a whirl. I guarantee you’ll get sucked in, just as I did. Leah Raeder dropped some serious wisdom bombs on me throughout the book and kept me in awe. There was so many times that I literally had to re-read what I read because it was so poignantly beautiful. The words don’t just stay on the page they float around in your mind and really sink in. I will definitely be remembering some of these words, almost as if a new mantra.

Cockiness and not caring aren’t boldness or pride theyre coping mechanism

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


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