Review: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

October 2, 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.


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**** 4 Star Review ****


I just don't know where to start with this review. As always, Colleen Hoover has given the masses a story that will move you, challenge you, and wow you in more ways than you can happen.


The characters in this story are flawed and complex. Their story is flawed and complex. It is unconventional. It is fictional and real. It happy. It is sad. It is full of dry humor. You will smile. You will frown. You will finish the book with a sense of bewilderment of the story and Colleen.


Dear Colleen, how do you come up with such unique and page-turning stories? How do you keep creating characters that your readers can't help but to love, yet despise in ways that makes us question our sanity? How do you keep us coming back for more?


This book is definitely going to spark more conversation, just like her last few. Some are going to love it. Some are going to like it. Some are going to feel so conflicted with their emotions and thoughts, they won't know exactly how they feel. That right there is the clear indicator of a well-written book!

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