Without Merit

Posted October 23, 2017 by Books & Alochol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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Without Merit
Colleen Hoover
October 3,2017

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.

Colleen Hoover has been a go to author for me since I first read Maybe Someday. I was hooked on this story from chapter one. Without Merit was not the story I expected it to be. I did not realize the issues that it would touch on. It really makes you kind of step back and pause and reassess your own life and how you’re seeing things in it.

I absolutely loved all of the characters and their interactions with each other. First of all I loved that Merit rewards her shitty days with an antique trophy. Why not reward ourselves for surviving a shitty day? Better someone else’s trophy than a hot fudge sundae. It was very interesting to see Merit’s point of view of her family and the things that were occurring in her own home. The family dynamic is crazy in this story. It is interesting to see the progression of Merit’s view of her family from beginning to end. Nothing in the Voss household is what it seems.

Then after her suicide attempt we see what was really going on versus what everyone believed to be going on. I loved how her depression was addressed. It wasn’t this oh my god your depressed and get over it reaction. She has a legitimate problem and Luck helped her to see it for what it was and along with Sagan was able to help her realize it is worthwhile to see someone and discuss her issues.  This story is completely relateable to teenagers and even parents.

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I give 5 stars to Without Merit and would pair it with a little engineer http://www.barnonedrinks.com/drinks/l/little-engineer-3083.html    or for those of age pair with a Maiden No More http://www.barnonedrinks.com/drinks/m/maiden—no—more-3178.html



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