Published by: Atria Books on October 3, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also by this author: November 9, It Ends with Us
One Line: Colleen does it again! Couldn’t put this book down.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
This is one of those instances where I went into a book blindly, without reading the synopsis. I just knew it was a CoHo book and I wanted to check it out. After getting into it, I definitely feel like a lot of readers should go this route. Just trust me, if you like Colleen Hoover and her writing style, then grab this book. I remember saying that I loved, was addicted to, CoHo books years ago (i.e. the era of Slammed and Hopeless), but kind of fell out of love with her after reading some of her later books. I also remember saying that my love for CoHo was rekindled with It Ends With Us and basically reestablished with this book.
Without Merit is definitely a different kind of read. I was surprisingly so engrossed with this book, which I didn’t expect for some reason, and the pages just flew by. Merit’s family and their dynamic is just so interesting and downright crazy, I couldn’t look away. Each family member has characteristics and a lifestyle I’ve seen before, but seeing them all together and how everything plays out was what kept me engaged in this book.
I don’t want to go into too much detail, because I want you to try to go into this blind as well. Just know that you’re in for quite a ride with this family. I will say that CoHo has really redeemed herself in my eyes with her writing after reading this and her previous book. I just love how captivating her style is. Her characters are real and raw and she truly makes you feel all the feels and makes you really think about life in general and kind of relate it to your own life. I definitely look forward to her next book and would highly recommend this one to everyone.