Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
Published by Atria Books on October 3, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends With Us and November 9 comes a moving and haunting novel of family, love, and the power of the truth.
“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.
Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.
Well, that’s one messed up family and I devoured every wicked and twisted thing they had going on. Without Merit takes us through the life of a teenager and the struggles that she has and will endure. It certainly isn’t pretty but it’s powerful and it sheds light on situations that many people can relate to. If this review seems vague, it’s because I want to keep it as simple as possible in the hopes that readers go into this without any preconceived notion.
Merit goes through a lot of different emotions that most would consider typical teenager behavior but once you dive down into the heart of everything going on in that family, there’s certainly something else shadowing over them. All families are bit dysfunctional, right? It’s what makes us who we are. It’s what you do with it that counts.
Every single character in Without Merit pays a very intricate role in the overall story. Each one being a piece of the puzzle and when they are finally all connected together, you start to realize just how powerful that story is. I actually gasped when the connection to the title was reviled. For me, this was a slow burn type of book. It took me a bit longer to fully connect but after reading it I realized why and I was actually thankful for it.
Without Merit is a powerful and enlightening story that is relatable to many and I think will make an impact on a lot of people. That’s just Colleen Hoover’s trademark, though. Making us cry, feel and relate to everything that she writes. That’s the power in her writing and the stories that she tells.
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Monday, October 2nd
THIRD PLACE BOOKS
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Tuesday, October 3rd
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Wednesday, October 4th
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NEW YORK, NY
Sunday, October 8th
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Tuesday, October 10
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