Title: Without Merit
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Page Count: 385
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends With Us and November 9 comes a moving and haunting novel of family, love, and the power of the truth.
“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.
Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover is a young adult/new adult contemporary read that does have a bit of romance but it’s not the main focus of this story. This one however is full of emotion as you could expect from Colleen Hoover dealing with tougher subjects such as mental health and suicide.
Merit Voss comes from a family that is used to being the subject of a lot of the town gossip. Merit’s father had divorced her mother after cheating on her with her nurse while she was battling cancer. But as if having a new stepmother wasn’t tough enough Merit’s mother still lived in the same house only in the basement away from the new wife.
With such a colorful family life it’s no wonder seventeen year old Merit struggles to find where she belongs in life. While out one day at a local antique store shopping for her hobby of collecting trophies Merit meets a boy that sparks her interest only to find out he thinks she’s her twin, Honor, and before she knows it it’s all she can do to avoid him as he slips into her crazy family life.
Without Merit was sort of an up and down roller coaster for me but obviously from my rating I ended up enjoying this one quite a bit. The thing was I’m not a fan of the whole boyfriend of the sister but still interested part of the story so the beginning of this I was kind of annoyed. However the author stepped up the game and took the story to places I really did not expect so the annoyance went out the window and I became completely engaged in what turned out to be quite a heart wrenching story.
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About the author:
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Maybe Not, Ugly Love, Confess, November 9, It Ends with Us, and Without Merit. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). 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. Visit ColleenHoover.com.