Without Merit by Colleen Hoover – Jenn’s Review

WHY I READ IT

Colleen Hoover, no matter how damaged she might leave my soul, it always a must read.

WHAT I RATED IT

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

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.

JENN’S REVIEW

“Out of all the places we could be, we’re right here. At the same time.”

Colleen Hoover transforms herself and her writing with each book she publishes. Just because you’ve read one of her previous titles, it doesn’t give you any indication of what you’re going to get with her current release.

Without Merit is the story of a teenager who is convinced her family is crazy… and when you learn their dynamic, you might think so too. Hoover gives us an eclectic group of secondary characters that you equal parts admonish and cheer for.

Anything I tell you about this book ruins it for you. Merit’s story is one you need to watch unfold. Take the ride with her. This book is well-written and captivating. I was invested in the lives of the Voss family from the very first word. While this book might not evoke the emotions of a story like It Ends with Us, it is just as thought provoking. Go into this story with an open mind and an open heart and you will be rewarded.

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