Publication: August 1st 2013 by Velvet Pony Press
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Worst Things in Life
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.
I believe that my words are strongly insufficient to describe this work of art; to rave about this unearthed gem; to write a solid and cohesive review for my readers.
Miss Leah Raeder, you simply blew me away.
Our main character, Maise O’Malley, is something of a human torch. She’s like a raging fire; her words can burn you and your pride. But sometimes she’s like a spark; she’s fascinating and you want to get closer, but at the same time you just want to admire her before you.
What I loved most about Maise is her raw show of emotion. For me, she’s one of the most honest characters I have ever read. I just can’t explain it you know? And I also love how she makes you feel alive in the moment. How her descriptions of places and objects seem so surreal in your mind, but you feel the realness from it. You feel that feeling of unbridled wonder.
We have no age. We exist out of time, we’re timeless.
I can almost say the same thing for Mr. Evan Wilke, but to me he’s like an unlit match stick. He’s a very cautious character especially towards Maise; a product of his terrible past. He wants to make sure that he doesn’t light up so sporadically and leave everything burning at his wake.
If you put Evan amongst other male characters from NA novels, and you analyse their profiles, you’ll see how much of a unique character Evan is. He’s the red apple among the green apples. He’s very sweet and charming, but underneath it all is a man he refused to be again. That’s why he’s very careful of his actions towards Maise, so that their private relationship would remain in that status.
That’s all life is. Breathing in, breathing out. The space between two breaths.
Speaking of their relationship, I just want to commend Miss Raeder for crafting such an intricate and well-detailed relationship. It’s also very realistic, something you don’t get quite a lot from NA novels. They both understand the risks of being caught. What it would mean for each of their futures. But it’s the raw passion for each other that made adore them so much.
The novel ended impeccably for me. It was all just beautiful. And breathtaking. And other synonymous adjectives.