Book Review: Unteachable

Unteachable by Leah Raeder: 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.

File Size: 439 KB
Print Length: 268 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Velvet Pony Press (July 26, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Enabled
Lending: Not Enabled

Lori's thoughts: Unputdownable. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My head is spinning. I literally just finished reading this book. It was seriously, unputdownable. I know when I started reading the book, I thought, "oh God, please don't let him be a creepy, older man with pedophile tendencies." He -- Evan -- was not that character. Leah's writing ripped me in two and barely put me back together again before the ending of the book. Books like these are why I read. Books like these are why I write. I feel a little bit like the wicked witch from the Wizard of Oz after a bucket of water was thrown on her. I am melting. I went through the gamut of emotions while reading Unteachable. Maise is wise beyond her years, not some immature, eighteen-year-old with a crush on teacher. The passion and tension inside this book was palpable, full of beautifully written words, humor, and pure love mixed with love. I am so glad the book ended the way it did and couldn't imagine it ending any other way. I don't want more Evan and Maise. Oh God now. My tortured heart could not bear to read any more about them. I'm not saying this in a bad way. I could re-read this book over and over, instead. For me to say that, you have to believe, this is an epic read. I do not, repeat, do NOT, ever, re-read books. I can think of only two that have made me feel like doing so. Several scenes in the book take place in St. Louis, and I was surprised to find that Ms. Raeder lives in Chicago instead. :)

Lori L. Clark

She Reads New Adult Admin: Lori L. Clark


  1. You're welcome! This was quite possibly the best read of 2013 for me! <3