Also by this author: Never Never, Confess, Never Never: Part Two, November 9, It Ends with Us, All Your Perfects, All Your Perfects
Published by Atria, Atria Books, Simon & Schuster on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Young Adult
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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~ Maria’s Review ~
Author Colleen Hoover never ceases to amaze me, writing creative, original stories that completely draw me in until the final word. Without Merit is another hit. I’m not even sure what genre I would say this encompasses because it has young love, but, it’s more than a love story. It’s also about family and personal growth. It’s about making mistakes, learning from them, accepting them and moving on.
I love Merit. Her character is so different than the norm. She is pretty, quirky, and insightful. She has a lot of thoughts and feelings and doesn’t know what to do with them. She is like the outsider looking in on her life. On her family. On the people around her. She doesn’t fit in and doesn’t really want to, but she doesn’t want to be inconsequential. Tired of the façade her family is living, fed up with being invisible, she decides to tell them all the truths she sees about them. Merit wasn’t ready for the fall out nor how to make it better.
The entire ensemble of characters in Without Merit is fantastic. They are all an integral part of the novel. Even the dog. They are so well written and developed, they could be any family in America. Granted, they are over exaggerated, in some aspects, to be the amazing fictional characters they are meant to be. But honestly, I feel like it could’ve been my family or my friend’s family. Always talking, but never really listening. Dysfunctionally functional. Making mistakes that seem to stay with you.
Without Merit made me laugh. It made me cry. It gave me hope. It opens the door to great discussions. Sagan is so cool. He’s also different from the typical hero, but he is adorable. I was rooting for Merit and Sagan, that they would find a way through it all. I could go on about each character, from her dad, her twin, Honor, her stepmom, her mother, and of course, her new uncle Luck. They were fabulous. Each helping the other see that judging, misunderstanding, and blame only make the hurt and anger fester and grow. Talking, connecting and accepting with forgiveness fosters healing, understanding and trust. Must read. I loved it. You will, too