Review: Unteachable by Leah Raeder

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Review: Unteachable by Leah Raeder
Book Info

Released: March 24, 2014
Genre: New Adult
Pages: 320

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“UNTEACHABLE had a lot of potential, and it’s a good story, but it didn’t get to that captivating factor.” ~ Under the Covers

I’m not sure if the fact I didn’t connect with this was the fact that I read VEILED INNOCENCE by Ella Frank before, which I thought touched on almost the same dynamic but I happened to enjoy more.  Or if it was just a matter of me not really connecting with the main characters.

When I first read VEILED INNOCENCE I was a bit disturbed at the fact that the subject matter had any appeal to me.  So I went in search of more!  UNTEACHABLE had a lot of potential, and it’s a good story, but it didn’t get to that captivating factor.  It tells the story of a girl who seems strong on the outside, but is broken.  Her family life has been nothing short of dysfunctional and she seeks the attention of older men to maybe deal with her daddy issues.  These issues, which I find should be important and should be addressed further, are dropped by the wayside without using them to drive the story forward and let the heroine grow before our eyes.

That being one of my issues, there is one more thing about their relationship I wasn’t completely sold on, and it has to do with the hero.  I won’t go into revealing what it is so as to not spoil it, but the “reveal” happens later in the book.  I couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that Evan has this in his past and moves acts on his lust once he realizes Maise is his student.

For those wondering, no this isn’t an affair with a minor, Maise is 18.  I know that may be something some of you may object to at least.  I had no issues with the subject matter.  They are consenting adults, even though one is in a position of power.  I just wish the author would’ve been a little tighter and not added extras just to throw more drama in.  I think we had enough material to tell a great story using what we started with, without throwing everything but the kitchen sink to it.  I am, however, very curious to see what the author will write next, and yes I’ll be reading it!

*Review copy provided by publisher


About Leah Raeder

I was born in the 80s, which means I have fantastic taste in music and atrocious taste in hair. I knew at eight years old that I wanted to be a published author when I grew up. Of course, when I was eight, “published author” was a glamorous daydream where I spent all day in bookstores, signing hardcovers and posing for photos with fans. In reality, authordom involves lots of bourbon-scented tears and neurotic self-doubt. At least there are fewer mullets.

As well as being a writer, I’m a voracious and omnivorous reader. Seriously. I read everything from contemporary Young Adult to dense, doorstop literary fiction. Some of my favorite writers are Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita), Virginia Woolf (Mrs. Dalloway), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tender is the Night), and Jeanette Winterson (Written on the Body). I’m a total poetry geek, too—my two absolute favorites are Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath.

All the pretty colors on this website were made by me. In my non-bookish life, I’m a graphic designer.

I’m from Chicago and have lived all over the world, from NYC to LA to Tehran, Iran. I currently live in the Windy City with my partner, Alexander, who’s very understanding about all this girlsmut business.


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