REVIEW: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

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“If my life was a scary movie, I’d be the first to die.”

Back of the book blurb:

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. 

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781501179761

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My rating:

            I truly do not think the day will come where I find a Colleen Hoover novel to be less than perfect. Everything Colleen puts out turns out to be so complex and unique. Her novels are full of heart and she creates some of the most wonderfully weird characters that I’ve ever read about. Without Merit is a true triumph about family, friendship, and love. It’s humorous, weird, and breathtaking.

“I swear to God, this family is the worst. No wonder so many people hate us.”

            I don’t want to spoil anything, so all I’m going to say about the Voss family is that they are weird as fuck. You think things can’t get any weirder and then, surprise, they do! Colleen Hoover has a knack for creating characters with thousands of flaws, yet you’re constantly falling in love with each and every one of them. She proved that with It Ends with Us by making us fall in love with Ryle even though he was an abuser, which goes to show that abuse isn’t as black and white as we believe it to be. And even before that, we fell in love with Ridge in Maybe Someday even though he had a girlfriend.

            Colleen’s writing is honest and truly captivating. Without Merit is no different. You will have a love/hate relationship with the Voss family but by the end of the book, you will not want it to end because they truly feel like your family.

“I guess I was wrong. I am the worst person out of the three of us.”

            Without Merit is told through Merit Voss’s POV. God, it’s hard to talk about Merit without giving anything away. I guess what I want to say the most is that Merit isn’t without flaws. She will piss you off, make you cry, make you laugh, and I promise that you will finish Without Merit by wishing that she was your best friend in real life.

            Without Merit is so important because it deals with so many tough issues that are definitely prevalent in today’s society, especially for the YA crowd, but not a lot of people know how to deal with it. It isn’t pretty, but Colleen makes the reader very aware. Your feelings are valid.

“He tasted like mint and he was so warm, and then the water was splashing us and it was a sensory overload that I wanted to be an overdose.”

            What’s a Colleen Hoover novel without a little romance? Sagan is wonderful. He’s a little dark, sensitive, and completely dreamy. I just wanted to wrap him up and keep him warm forever. And when Merit founds out the truth about him, you’ll wonder just how clouded Merit’s judgement truly is.

            Without Merit is important, captivating, and another win for Colleen Hoover. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll throw things, but ultimately, you’ll leave the book feeling like you’re a brand new person. It feels fucking great.

“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”

Happy Reading!
The Wandereader

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