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Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

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Colleen Hoover
Fiction, New Adult
October 3rd 2017

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.

Maria’s Review

➦You know, sometimes while reading I keep thinking “Hey, I could totally write a story like that!” Provided that I could write. lol

➦I’m not implying that it’s easy to write a book. But I guess if I really REALLY wanted to, I could. Checklist, let’s go:

✔spend ages on learning how to write without sounding like an imbecile
✔come up with a somewhat decent romance story and characters
✔hire an editor
✔probably re-write the damn thing 100 times
✔publish it anyways because I do what I want!

➦What’s the point of all this, you ask? I think anyone can write a book. But some people, like Coleen Hoover, have a special ability (it’s sorcery, people) to create characters that are so completely chaotic, disjointed and flawed but somehow unite to create one amazing, cohesive story. A story that not only sends a powerful message, but that can also make you feel giddy at one moment and sad the next. I don’t really think I could do that even after a lot of puff puff.

➦Yeah, it is all right. I leave it to the professionals.

Megan’s Review

“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”

After just finishing Without Merit I’m sitting here a) trying to work out the best way to review this story spoiler free and b) to give this story the justice it deserves. I feel an enormous amount of pressure and trepidation, but for Colleen Hoover I will give it a red hot go. When the ARC landed on my kindle I was so excited beyond words, so much so that I may or may not have done a happy dance to celebrate. Prior to reading Without Merit, every time I read the synopsis it gave me some serious chills and the hairs on the back of my neck would stand on end. It was such a thought provoking coming of age story with revelations that go beyond words. I predict that those who aren’t and those who are fans of Colleen Hoover will end up flocking to this story because of how great it is.

Merit Voss is literally unlike any character I have read to date. She has a unique attraction to trophies (you know, like sporting ones) that some may perceive as unhealthy and it’s almost like an addiction, but to me it just made her one of a kind and unusual.

Merit’s family have a lot of issues, some may categorize them as flawed and dysfunctional, and when it comes to Merit, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. The Voss family houses many secrets and Merit just so happens to be the family’s keeper of secrets.

“I have Utah’s secret.
I have my father’s secret.
My mother’s secret.
Honor’s secret.
Luck’s secret.
I don’t want any of them anymore!
Maybe if I let all the secrets out, they wouldn’t make me feel like drowning anymore.”

At some point when you’re a teenager, you always believe your family is messed up and no one else’s family on this planet could be as screwed up as yours. I’m not just talking about the metaphorical drunk uncle who embarrasses everyone at weddings, I mean messed up in the true sense of the word. How would you deal if your family were the pinnacle of screwed up?

I don’t want to give anything away because there were so many aspects of this story that blew me away that I didn’t see coming. I could literally talk for hours about Without Merit and all of the aspects I loved, but I won’t do it with this review as too much of it would ruin your experience (and you need to read this spoiler free to get as much pleasure from the book as I did).

Without Merit drew me in from the start and I just found it so addictive, compelling and unlike anything else I have read. It is a powerful story that consists of many layers and events that build up as you read. As I read, I was taken on this unbelievable journey and I felt like I was witnessing every scene as it happened.

Without Merit is definitely a favorite of mine this year and as I’ve said, is unlike anything I have read to date and anything Colleen Hoover has produced either. This makes her such a diverse and talented author in my opinion; the writing was perfect, the characters she created were second to none and the plot lines were intriguing and compelling.

If you are looking to step outside the box and read something unique and rare then definitely one click this one and enjoy the ride.

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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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