Review: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover (spoiler-free)

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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.

Published: October 3rd, 2017 by Atria Books

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

Colleen Hoover has done it again.

If there are two things I can always count on with a Colleen Hoover book, it’s that I can expect every story to be different than the last and, inevitably, once I pick up one of her books, I will not be in contact with the outside world until I have finished it.

Without Merit is no exception.

This book was incredibly powerful and so refreshing. First of all, I’d like to point out that this isn’t strictly a romance book at all. Sure, it has a totally swoon-worthy love interest and adorable moments but Without Merit is so much more than that. It’s about self discovery, acceptance and perspective.

Merit Voss comes from a very odd, dysfunctional family. Merit was a unique and interesting character to read about and I definitely had mixed feelings about her at some points. At the beginning, her personality was odd and spontaneous but there were a few points in the book where I found she was too quick to judge and could be slightly annoying…but in the end, when she finally learned the truth behind the lies, she slowly started to accept her family and, ultimately, herself.

Reading Without Merit was like taking a deep breath, holding it, and finally letting go. The story builds so quietly until the very last moment when the Voss family’s secrets are finally exposed and you’re left breathless. An important theme to remember is perspective. We, as the reader, are viewing the Voss family from Merit’s point of view and every detail is laid out for us. It’s like we have the whole puzzle in front of us but there is that one missing piece that could change everything and make you realise how wrong you were. Perspective is everything.

This book opens up about topics that are still very relevant today and need to be addressed. Honestly, share this book with your friends, family…anyone and everyone and discuss. (I just want to add that I really loved how a ‘Topics and Questions for Discussion’ section was included at the very end of the book!)

Ultimately, if you are a fan of Colleen Hoover then definitely pick this book up. If you’re not a fan of Colleen Hoover then definitely pick this book up. If you want to be a fan of Colleen Hoover then definitely pick this book up. Ok, basically I recommend this book to everyone.😘 xxabbie





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