Book Review for WITHOUT MERIT by Colleen Hoover

WITHOUT MERIT by Colleen Hoover
Atria Books
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An honest and witty look into growing up in a dysfunctional family.

WITHOUT MERIT is a quirky and candid look at a family through the eyes of a teenage self-imposed outsider, Merit. There is a blunt honesty that is woven throughout this book which instantly pulled me in. I will not reveal too much of the story, but the evolution of Merit and her family combined with the pure quirkiness of the story is what made me keep reading.


There is emotion, humor, and a reality to all the characters that only Colleen Hoover can bring to life within this narrative. The author always manages to deliver a story that I enjoy. However, with Merit, there is also the pushing of boundaries of what is depression and what is just a normal reaction to a life she is living. The author gives us kernels of hope, and then takes them away only to give the reader another layer which will lead to what I saw as the inevitable outcome of the book.

All in all, I think that Colleen has given her readers something fresh and real. Fans of the author will no doubt devour her latest. I know I did.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Plot Summary:

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.

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About the Author: Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, Confess, November 9, and It Ends with Us. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance twice – for Confess in 2015 and It Ends with Us in 2016. Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit

Atria Books Paperback | 384 pages | ISBN: 9781501170621 | October 3, 2017 | $16.00
eBook: 384 pages | ISBN: 9781501170638 | $7.99