Unteachable - Leah Raeder

Unteachable is one of those books which falls into the new age category New Adult. The genre can generally be described as YA with sex or contemporary romance with a younger protagonist (high school or college).


As with any type of genre/category, there's good and bad. I have books that I like, but have trouble staying engaged with them, and then I have books that grab me.This is one of those good books which totally grabbed me.


I loved Maise. She was a fun and real character. I think she'd intimidate me too much for the high school me to be friends with her, but I loved her personality and voice. She reminds me of the scene from the end of the Firefly episode "Shindig":


Mal: Sure. It would be humiliating. Having to lie there while the better man refuses to spill your blood. Mercy is the mark of a great man.

[lightly stabs person with his sword]

Mal: Guess I'm just a good man.

[stabs him again]

Mal: Well, I'm all right.


Is she a good moral character, no. But she's real and engaging.


The ending of this book was also perfect. The last third of the book has a fair amount of twists, but I don't know if I could've predicted that last page.