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.
Roxie and Jen ‘s Review
“Don’t make your presence known. Make your absence felt.”
Seriously just take a minute and think about that quote and how it relates to your life. Read it. Absorb it. Reflect on it.
When you think of your life and all the people who are in it—family, friends, coworkers, neighbors,—are your words just words? Or do you follow them through with your actions? So many of us want to make an impact, leave pieces of ourselves with those we love to remember us by.
So back to the actual book we’re supposed to be reviewing… if you read the synopsis, you know Without Merit is about a girl who chooses to reveal the secrets her family has held in the dark for so long before leaving them behind. It’s vague for a reason, leaving you wondering what story can Colleen Hoover magically weave this time around.
Without Merit is a story that proves that every person has a chance to make their absence felt. It’s also very unique and delivers an extremely powerful message. It never cease to amaze us how Colleen Hoover can literally take any issue and turn in into a story that will stay with you forever. How does she do it?
For Merit Voss, life is completely dysfunctional. And when we say dysfunctional, I mean like wayyy out there. So many people can relate to the lack of communication within a family, and the Voss family has secrets buried so deep, they’re bound to explode eventually.
She is struggling with her place in this world of chaos and resentment. Merit is one of the most unusual characters we’ve ever read. She is complicated and eclectic. At first you will wonder where is this heading. Where are we going? How will it all come together? And when it does, when all these little events come together, trust us it’s glorious. It’s raw, real and it will hurt at times. But it’s also endearing and full with heart.
She layers and layers, builds up the perfect storm almost. You know it’s coming, you can feel it. And when it hits, it will sweep you up and give you clarity at the same time.
“Not every mistake deserves a consequence.
Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”
Colleen Hoover wrote her heart out, delivering a novel that is nothing like she’s ever written. Her writing is powerful as always—emotional, funny, and deals with issues that many teenagers face on a daily basis. We wish we could give this book to every struggling teen and their parents. It provides a perspective<– we loved this word throughout the book.
Colleen Hoover book, this author proves time and time again that she can surprise her readers every single time with something new and original.
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About Colleen Hoover
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 Confessin 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.