An edgy, sexy USA Today bestseller about falling for the one person you can't have.
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.
About the Author
Leah Raeder is a writer and unabashed nerd. Aside from reading her brains out, she enjoys graphic design, video games, fine whiskey, and the art of self-deprecation. She lives with her very own manic pixie dream boy in Chicago.
"Equally wicked as it is beautiful. This story is one of the best reads I've read to date. My book hangover afterward was real. It honestly opened my eyes to all things LGBTQIA+ and the importance of treating mental illness. Overall a very note-worthy read that everyone should digest at least once." * Book Baristas * "Raeder masterfully weaves a dark, twisted, dangerously sexy quest for revenge with a raw, honest search for kinship and self-acceptance. Black Iris demands your attention, your heart, and an immediate reread." -- Dahlia Adler * author of Last Will and Testament * "Provocative, seductive, and skillfully written, Black Iris is a story that stands out from the crowd." -- K.A. Tucker * USA Today Bestselling Author * "Intense and visceral, Black Iris is as sharp as a knife and beats with a heart that is double-edged and dangerous." -- Lauren Blakely * New York Times bestselling author * "Risky, brave, bold. Heart-breaking, captivating, and sensual. There aren't enough words to describe this suspenseful powerhouse of a novel. Raeder's gorgeous prose and raw characters will keep you flipping to the very end. Black Iris is one of the best books I've read this year." -- Karina Halle * New York Times bestselling author * Praise for Black Iris:"Like an afternoon special on bullying gone impossibly dark, Raeder's dizzyingly intense, drug-addicted queer teenage revenge fantasy takes its reader on a sexy, bloody journey of pure emotion that's by turns expressed, denied, and turned back in on itself. Delaney Keating, viciously mistreated in high school for her attraction to girls and damaged by her unstable mother's suicide, falls into a love triangle with two of the dramatic inhabitants of underground dance club Umbra: DJ and patient medical student Armin, and impulsive, fierce, deliciously sensual Blythe. She pulls them into her scheme of violence against her abusers in a heady melange of lust and bloodlust, while the triad pulls against itself with internal jealousies. A twisting timeline dancing over a year's events makes every moment seem both immediate and angrily steeped in memory. Major themes include depression, mania, and the ways that the use and abuse of drugs affect access to the reality of self and the world's essential nature; but the soul-searching always comes in the context of action, everyone around hit by the shrapnel of exploding feelings. This is an exhilarating ride for our inner underdog, craving a taste of what it would feel like to just get back at everyone if we were reckless enough not to care about the consequences." * Publishers Weekly, starred review * "Raeder's best book yet. It has the grit, language, and heat you'd expect, but there's more. Raeder has clearly dug down and bled and studied the mirror to reveal the ugliest and most beautiful parts of herself, and human nature. CAM GIRL is a rich and unflinching narrative." -- Emery Lord, author of Open Road Summer "Gripping, emotional, relatable, and yes, romantic (in all the best ways) read. Whatever Raeder writes, I will always want to read and recommend." * RT Magazine * "Raeder keeps the action moving as readers try to figure out the dual mysteries-what happened on the road that night, and who is Blue?" * Booklist * "Cam Girl is a beautiful exploration of gender and sexuality that begs readers to question how well we know those closest to us, including ourselves. Raeder's trademark sensual lyricism is in full effect here, but it's the fraught yet tender relationship between Vada and Ellis that will have you glued to the pages until the oh-so-perfect ending." -- Dahlia Adler, author of UNDER THE LIGHTS Praise for Cam Girl:"Raeder's beautifully broken characters are so full of life that they leap off the page and demand that the reader pay attention to them...it's a must read for anyone wanting a sexy deep dive into a tangled psyche and a difficult life." * Publishers Weekly (starred review) * "Unique and poetic. You can feel every forbidden touch and taste every delicious kiss between these characters, and like them, you hunger for more. Read it and become immersed in Raeder's brilliant writing. You won't regret it." -- Mia Asher, author of Arsen "A simply stunning portrayal of lies, courage and unrequited love. Raeder has a gift for taking taboo subjects and seducing us with them in the rawest, most beautiful way." -- S.L. Jennings * New York Times bestselling author of Taint * "With an electrifying fusion of forbidden love and vivid writing, the characters glow in Technicolor. Brace yourselves to be catapulted to dizzying levels with evocative language, panty-blazing sex scenes, and emotions so intense they will linger long after the last page steals your heart." -- Pam Godwin * New York Times bestselling author of Beneath the Burn * "Unteachable is a lyrical masterpiece with a vivid storyline that grabbed me from the very first page. The flawless writing and raw characters are pure perfection, putting it in a class all by itself." -- Brooke Cumberland * USA Today bestselling author of Spark * "Leah Raeder's writing is skillful and stunning. Unteachable is one of the most beautifully powerful stories of forbidden love that I have ever read." -- Mia Sheridan * bestselling author of Archer's Voice * "With lush, haunting prose, deft storytelling and scorching sensuality, Leah Raeder weaves a love story that obliterates convention. The best book I've read this year." -- M. Pierce * bestselling author of the Night Owl Trilogy * "Unteachable infuses the complicated dynamics of forbidden sexual tension and untamed passion, all while managing to break your heart. Easily one of my favorite reads." -- Gail McHugh * New York Times bestselling author * Praise for Unteachable:"Lyrical, vivid, and poignant, Unteachable is one of best forbidden romances I've ever read." -- Lauren Blakely * New York Times bestselling author *
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 14th October 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 18.1 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.27