Sunday, April 27, 2014

Review - Unteachable - Leah Raeder


I was recommended this book to read and have had it sat on my iPad for a while. Right from the first page, I was absolutely captivated by LR's writing. The pictures she painted with her words were so full of life and colour it held my attention 100%.

'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.'

There's no way I could of summarised that any different, the back description is quite self explanatory and paints the story really good. Now, I have no problem with teacher/student story lines. I've read some good ones in the past. Yet, I did fumble and struggle a little on this one, to start with. It wasn't really the relationship as such, more the internal voice of Maise, the main character. I just couldn't fully believe in her saying all the things that she did, I know she is mature beyond her years but sometimes it didn't seem right to me. She is 18 and gorgeous, and always looking to live fully and never to end up like her mother. Now, I did find as the story went on, I actually started to enjoy her more and felt she was becoming more realistic although having a tiny bit of an ego prob, but sure of what she wants and how to get it. By the end of the book, I felt as though she had emerged from the story and what had happened, a different person and so much more believable. Someone I was backing fully. Now, Evan. He's very tricky. Far too good to be true, right from the start. No real fear of consequences and extremely secretive. We do learn some of why he is secretive and what has happened in his past, yet I still felt as if something was missing. So, despite my little niggles, this really was an amazingly well written book. I absolutely love LR's writing style, it's addictive, beautifully visual and I can't wait to see what else she brings out. Plus, I must add, I was getting pretty scared towards the end but......perfect ending! I was really pleased with how it ended. 4 stars. 

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