Book Review: Without Merit

Without Merit Book Review


Title – Without Merit  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Colleen Hoover (Website, Goodreads)

Published – October 3rd 2017

Genre – New Adult Fiction

Summary –  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.

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Without Merit is the quirkiest book Colleen Hoover has ever wrote.

I tried describing the first chapter’s events to my husband. And even with my horrible story-telling skills, he asked the next day how the ‘twins’ situation turned out. Lol.

I’m not sure what I can say about Without Merit that hasn’t already been said.

My favorite part is dressing up Jesus. As a Wisconsinite, I can appreciate the fact He is dressed as Cheesus. In the story, Merit’s dad gets mad because the Packers beat the Cowboys. Few weeks after the book released, the Packers played the Cowboys again. And Colleen posted this:

In case you were wondering, the Packers won. #GoPackGo

I also enjoyed that Colleen wrote herself into her own book. She makes an appearance as the charity bookstore’s owner.

Overall, there were lots of characters and topics covered in this book. It didn’t seem long enough to cover everything in complete detail. But as a quirky and fun novel, I felt she stitched up the issues in a realistic manner. I mean, can you really expect it to have a fairy-tale ending like It Ends With Us had?

Last Words:

Still not sure why I write reviews for Colleen Hoover books. Just read it.

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audio • Barnes & Noble • Target • Walmart

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