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"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 freefall. 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"--
Publisher: New York : Atria Paperbacks, 2014
Edition: First Atria Books trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781476786407
Branch Call Number: RAEDER L
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 21 cm


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Stand-alone novel about a student/teacher romance.

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Aug 29, 2018

Leah Raeder/Elliot Wake’s debut novel Unteachable was such a sensual, intense novel which was definitely not what I was expecting. I found this book to be quite repetitive in many aspects; Maise referenced Lolita many times in comparison to her own life, and she always talked about how men stared at her legs and how she herself was into older men. The book was also not written as if Maise’s and Evan’s love was really forbidden, because the author didn’t include a lot of classroom scenes where Evan was teaching and Maise was the student. Because there were not that many classroom scenes, I didn’t find Evan very convincing as a teacher which didn’t make their romance very forbidden. Unteachable was written very descriptively and well, and I understood Maise’s character to have a “don’t care” attitude most of the time. I would rate this book ⅗ stars and recommend it to ages 18 and up, because there was a lot of sexual content and a fair amount of profanity.
@ilovefood of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board


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