Unteachable by Leah Raeder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Maise owns everything and everyone in this one. If this is the direction that NA is taking, I’m all for it. None of that girl who knows nothing business, we’ve got the antithesis to that. There’s an awareness on her part on who she is and what she does though not necessarily a consciousness of the outcome of either. There’s an honesty to why she does things and to an extent, there’s also an honesty to the guy… (I repeat: to an extent.) Both of them own what they’re doing… they both acknowledge the screwed up place their starting things/ bringing things.
I’m still unclear on some things: pegging her victim/non-victim, pegging him the seduced/seducer… Should we? Shouldn’t we? Still, take the take the two as is, and it’s clear that they’re not just that/ not any of those at all... sometimes. She’s NOT just young girl eyes opened by him. He’s not the good guy led astray. They’re their own people, each with a past that murked up how I saw them together then separately.
So they have forbidden connection that’s described quite explicitly. Raeder doesn’t shy away from how that aspect makes their connection stronger. It’s clearly one of the things that draws both two each together; yet, it’s equally clear that their connection doesn’t stop at the physical. Her pondering on their what-after, makes that crystal too. Basically, beyond the physical, we’ve an actual connection that had me wondering so many things. The fact revealed about E particularly… has me wondering. Is he that simple? There’s that ending too, going a direction that felt almost too happy, in contrast to everything else in UNTEACHABLE… it’s about the only thing that felt out of place in this one.
well done, leah raeder!
your maise owns absolutely everything in this one.
and i still don't know where to begin or what to say...o.O
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