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.
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.
Reading Colleen Hoover books is an obsession.
Every time I begin one of her books I think how can she possibly top the last book? And every time she surprises me. Not only is this book, unlike any book I have ever read, it is told in such a way that I didn't mind that there wasn't a romance.
I love YA that is my favorite genre to read out of all of them. Why? Because it cleanses my pallet from all the romance and sex I am used to reading. Now I am going, to be honest, I got this book in July and I began it in August. I put it down. It wasn't bad so don't be side eyeing me it was just a combination of things. I was in a weird place and not in the mood for this book, it was a bit slow to start and then when I finally hit a certain point HOT DAMN! I think it was right about 34% where I was like alright and I was all in. I stayed up until 2AM reading because I had to see how the Voss' were going to end up.
Merit is an identical twin to Honor. They have an older brother named Utah but she doesn't have the best relationship with them. Little by little, layer by layer I began to see the dynamic of this household and CHEESUS Christ was I dumbfounded. There were so many things happening and the characters were each going through different things and then it all exploded and I was just...
I mean you have to read the family dynamic to truly understand what it is that I am writing about. So many secrets, so many untalked about issues that finally come to a head and it's boggling how this family has survived this long.
I encourage people to read it because with Colleen you never know what to expect, and she once again shows her brilliance in this novel. It is raw, real and emotional. Each character has issues about them that unravel. Since I don't do spoilers this is all I am willing to say. Ok, wait I lie there are a few things I can say that is not spoilery...ready? I loved that Colleen wrote the Bookworm Box into the story, I loved that she wrote herself into the story (I'm pretty sure it was her because who else hands out Diet Pepsi?) I thought that was brilliant and kind of Inception-isk, which was really cool.
At the beginning of the book, I was really thinking can this be the first CoHo book that I do not like? But by the end, I was once again so in love with her and her writing style that I forgive her for making me feel like that in the beginning. She can send me sugar cookies to make up for my irrational fear. (Hear/Read that Colleen? Sugar cookies in my mailbox. I will be expecting them!)
Yes, I understand that I didn't go into detail about the book because honestly, I feel that one needs to go in blind. And I know it's YA and some people might be worried that they can't or won't connect with the characters but I don't find that to be true. We have all been teens who thought we knew everything or had certain quirks that others found odd right? Then I feel that in some capacity one will be able to connect with these characters or even see their own children in them.
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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. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.
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