Book Review: Unteachable by Leah Raeder/Elliot Wake
Holy Crap. Such a tragic, beautifully poignant story. The writing style was incredible and flawless-the subject material...not so much. This book was a dark, terrifying, lusty, angst-ridden chaos. I wont lie to you and say that that was an easy, breezy summer read because it definitely was not. The entire book was a wild ride that started off literally on a roller coaster and continued to be just as tumultuous the entire. freaking. ride. And I loved it.
This books was about what it means to grow up, finding real love in crazy ways and places, discovering who your friends are -for better or for worse- and how family manifests itself in so many different ways.
This is the kind of book that I'd say to read at your own risk. Not because I didn't love it (because, believe me, I did), but its unlike any book I have ever read. The dark and twisted subject matter is displayed in a way that makes such a crazy story both real and believable. Maise doesn't bullshit you or gloss over the gory details. She tells you straight up that she's all kinds of messed up, scared, and young. She's cynical and bitter and hides it all behind a mysteriously sexy facade.
The whole teacher/student thing was what worried me getting into this. I mean I know it was "technically" legal and all, but just reading the synopsis and some of the reviews had my moral compass flipping out. I honestly didn't know what I expected when getting into it, but it was not to be met with such a fantastic male protagonist. I mean seriously I think Evan is the only dude I've read in NA books who I've actually genuinely liked personality-wise. He wasn't an arrogant, juvenile wise-ass. Which was so nice and refreshing that I could have given it at least four stars just for the characters.
The only thing that I didn't care for much was the amount of sex. Now don't get me wrong, I know this is a NA book and sex is heavily expected and blah blah blah. Thus why I didn't change my rating just because of that. Plus, I know some readers love it so it could very well just be me.
Overall, such an amazing, gorgeously twisted book. I wish I could quote the entire thing because it has so many amazing lines. My ebook has so many highlights in it that It would probably take me re-reading the entire book just to pick some out. The book played out like a film and was so artistically alluring that I found myself re-reading lines over and over again. I spent more time reading this than I even should have because I wanted to savor its gloriousness. I seriously wish I was just being melodramatic, but this book was that good. Again, because of the content its not something that I can necessarily recommend, but I do know that if you do end up reading it, I hope it touches you the same way it did me. :]