Summary: 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.
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.
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 1, 2013
Source: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review and participation in a blog tour.
Unteachable was a fascinating and riveting novel that I couldn’t put down. It was unlike anything I was expecting. It was romantic and horrifying, sexy and scary, and sweet and obsessive. It was so twisted. And instead of wrapping up Maise and Evan’s relationship with a bow and calling it good, the author explored every twisted, slightly unhealthy side of it and used it. I never knew if the author was making the situation one that I should root for or one that should make me cringe. And now that I’m done, I think she probably wanted both, or at least that’s what I felt.
I do recommend the book, but not for anyone looking for a sweet or even deliciously sexy romance. It’s more than that, slightly unhealthy and twisted, but extremely well done. It’s a book that explores so many elements of growing up and forbidden love, but it isn’t wholesome like you’d expect a book about adolescence to be. The right audience will love it. The wrong audience will probably be offended and put off by a lot of the language, situations, and themes. I always give a fair warning when books deal with or explore sensitive issues.
“I respect people who get nerdy as fuck about something they love.”
“There’s something so terrible about wanting something you’ve already had. You know exactly what you’re missing. Your body knows precisely how to shape itself around the ache, the hollowness that wants to be filled.”
“And that made my heart ache, too -the thought of how much happiness lay scattered across the universe, unrealized, in fragments, waiting for the right twist of fate to bring it together.”
“… I think that lesson was the most important: that none of us actually grow up. We get bigger, and older, but part of us always retains that small rabbit heart, trembling furiously, secretively, with wonder and fear.”
“Grow up. This is real. The world is ugly and nasty and fucked up, and so are we.”
“Part of falling in love with someone is actually falling in love with yourself. Realizing that you’re gorgeous, you’re fearless and unpredictable, you’re a firecracker spitting light, entrancing a hundred faces that stare up at you with starry eyes.”
About the Author: Leah Raeder writes pretentiously lyrical YA and adult fiction of various genres. Loves zombies, velociraptors, and other world-ending things.
Where to Buy: Amazon
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