BY COLLEEN HOOVER
Atria Books Paperback | 384 pages | ISBN: 9781501170621 | October 3, 2017 | $16.00
eBook: 384 pages | ISBN: 9781501170638 | $7.99
“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing a mistake deserves is forgiveness.”
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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.
Holy freaking crap, y’all. The day is finally here. My first ever Colleen Hoover (a.k.a my favorite writer) blog post/review.
I always said I would never, ever review a book by her because I love her books so darn much that the only thing I want to say is “I LOVE THIS BOOK. LOVE IT TOO PLEASE.” and my brain just shuts down and I can’t even find the words to describe how amazing her books are. In a nutshell, I get a brain fart every time I try to write a review of one of her books. But the day has come. I couldn’t not support my favorite writer! I’m going to try my best to make justice to this beyond fantastic book but I’m telling you know, no matter how many beautiful things about it, you HAVE to believe it is more amazing than it sounds. You might as well buy it right now.
Whatever it is I was hoping for when I picked up this book was not at all what I got… and I loved it. I loved the unexpected. Colleen’s books are usually full of angst, uniqueness, tear-jerker moments, it’s-getting-hot-in-here steam, laugh-till-you-have-abs scenes and a whole lot of toe-curling romance—like really, a lot of romance. But Without Merit is kind of a different side of Colleen, almost as if she let her teenager self take over and shine bright like a diamond. It’s still hilarious like only Colleen Hoover’s books can be and it still unique and we still get a very cute romance story; however, the main focus of the story is not the romance.
Merit Voss collects trophies she’s never won, secrets from her humongous family and lives in a church. Actually, it’s no longer a church but it used to be.
Anyway, she lives there with her twin sister, big brother, little brother, mom, stepmom and dad. Yeah, mom AND stepmom. That alone makes the situation extremely weird.
But wait… there’s more!
Sagan (her twin sister’s boyfriend) is suddenly always around, how come he’s there at her house ALL THE DARN TIME. He’s not making it easy for her to get over her crush, with his mysterious facade and extremely dark drawings that she can’t seem to be able to stop stealing from her sister. Lusting after your twin sister’s boyfriend is wrong, wrong, wrong.
And then her stepmom’s brother comes barging into their house and he is a pain in the arse, with his accent from all around and man-whore ways.
Can life get any freaking worse for Merit?! Apparently yes, yes it can.
When Merit feels like she’s reached her limit as secret keeper, she takes matters into her own hands. She will not stay around to see how the world shatters when she opens Pandora’s box and everyone’s truths come out. She’s getting the heck out of that madhouse.
But like that Murphy guy said, “everything that can go wrong, will go wrong”. Merit’s plan backfires and now everything is in even deeper shit.
Fortunately, the good thing about hitting rock bottom is that there’s nowhere to go but up.
Man, the characters in this story. There’s so much going on in the Dollar Voss house. Every single character is like no other character you’ve read before. We have a girl who collects trophies she’s never won, a boy who draws very disturbing but fantastic images (that you can see in the book! How cool is that!?), another girl who dates only guys that are basically on their deathbed, a mom who never leaves the basement, a big brother who tries too hard and that’s just a sneak peek.
I’m still wondering how one person can come up with such unique characters. If only you could’ve seen my face while reading Without Merit, my jaw was about to fall off. I will never forget the Voss family.
Let’s talk about that one moment Colleen appeared in the book. Yes, you read correctly. She’s in there somewhere as an actual character in a book she wrote—I think it’s her but I could be an idiot and it could be another person. She even included The Bookworm Box. She’s a fictional character standing in her fictional Bookworm Box bookstore in a book she wrote. Is that the coolest, most stupid thing you’ll ever read? Probably. But it is definitely funny.
Without Merit is a fan-fucking-tastic coming-of-age book that will keep you up until four in the morning if you decide to start reading in the afternoon. It has super glue in the cover and you will not be able to put it down, even if you need to take a wee so beware. It is also a book that will give you the ugliest bags under your eyes so brace yourself when you look in the mirror or avoid them at all costs. I guarantee you’ll laugh, and swoon a little and hate Colleen and love Colleen and cry a whole lot (that if you’re a cry baby like me). And most importantly, go into it knowing it is like nothing Colleen has ever published before but hopefully you’ll love it as much as you did her other books.
I’m praying for your arses.
Massive thank you to Atria Books and that lovely person who took a chance on my teeny tiny blog and sent me ARC in exchange for an honest review. Bless your heart.
6/5 flowers because this book’s amazingness cannot be contained in 5 little flowers.
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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.