Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
Published October 3rd 2017 by Atria Books
Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.
The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.
Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.
Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.
Colleen Hoover is without a doubt, my favorite author. I haven’t read a book from her that I didn’t love, that I didn’t stay up until 1am so I could finish it, and Without Merit is no exception.
I read the whole book in one sitting and I couldn’t put it down.
I loved everything about Without Merit. From the stunningly complex, incredibly flawed characters to the well written plot. I related to Merit in such an unexpected way, it almost brought me to tears a couple of times. I understood so many of the things she was going through and it was almost comforting to read about a fictional character that mirrored myself in so many ways.
There was so much development to the characters. I loved how each character had their own issues and everyone was flawed in such a realistic way. It felt like reading about real people.
Each “problematic” quality is addressed and dealt with at some point in the book and it really showcases how taking the time to calmly address issues is so much more effective than keeping secrets, talking behind someone’s back, or being passive aggressive.
The plot was so well written and thought out. There wasn’t any crazy action or over dramatic schemes. It certainly was not boring either. Like I said, I was up until 1am reading this book and I’m normally asleep at 9:30.
Overall, Without Merit is a stunning read and I can’t wait to reread this book over and over. I loved every second that I was reading it and I never wanted it to end. If you’re a fan of Colleen’s books, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Without Merit ASAP. Or if you’re new to Colleen’s books and want to jump in the ocean of feels that is CoHo books, Without Merit is a great one to start with.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, Confess, November 9, and It Ends with Us. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance twice – for Confess in 2015 and It Ends with Us in 2016. Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.
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