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