BOOK REVIEW⎜ Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Thought provoking is how I would best describe Without Merit. Coming close would be engaging and oddly charming. Emphasis on odd. No, emphasis on charming!


Colleen Hoover cleverly addressed a heavy theme with discerning astuteness and perceptive manner, and I’ve no doubts this story will be eye-opening to many, inviting reflection and discussion between readers.

Book Infos

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.

Author : Colleen Hoover
Title : Without Merit
Series : 

Number of pages : 384
Publisher : Atria Books 
Release Date :  October 3rd, 2017
Genre : Contemporary.

My Review

He takes a step closer to me and it suddenly feels like I’ve swallowed his heart because I have all these extra beats in my chest.

Thought provoking is how I would best describe Without MeritComing close would be engaging and oddly charming. Emphasis on oddNo, emphasis on charming!

A coming of age story set in a finest eccentric family makes for the most unconventional yet touching tale I’ve been given to read this year!

In Without Merit, Colleen Hoover sets the parameters of teenaged self acceptance and incertitude with keen sensitivity, delivering a powerful and deep-felt message without overwhelming the reader with gloomy thoughts. Quite the opposite actually.
The outcome? Beautifully up-lifting and heartfelt, what a performance!

I had no idea what I was going to find in this book, I didn’t even read the blurb. I just trusted Colleen Hoover to take me on an adventure and hoped to meet her peculiar brand of characters.

And peculiar I’ve been served! From page one, I was seduced by Merit’s voice, her quirkiness, her snark and cynicism made of this young girl someone I could identify myself to instantly.

And isn’t that the way into a reader’s heart? Being able to make us connect with a character in a blink of an eye? I felt concerned by Merit’s point of view and it had barely just started. Without Merit started full of promises and never wavered.

The feeling is confusing to say the least, It felt like being coerced into Merit’s story, the narration so on point, heartfelt and genuine, it had the ensnaring effect to make me read through the night, eager to know what would happen to her. I couldn’t look away!

The real and astute descriptions of a dysfunctional family hitting a little close to home, I was already involved and I found myself relate too much too quickly to the heroine’s situation. 

Is it normal for a person to hate their own family this much?

The angst, the incertitudes and insecurities of being a growing young adult, all of which I remember loving reading in Miss Hoover’s first books, was a treat to read about through Merit’s voice. Her depiction of each family member captivating and entertaining, the portrayal of each character through Merit’s eyes, a delight of cynicism and acrimony. Merit is every teenager you know of—surly and testy. She actually reminded me a lot of myself as a teenager!

Her version of the facts largely colored by her own emotions, the world through Merit’s glasses is not what it seems to be.

Our family of seven includes an atheist, a home wrecker, an ex-wife suffering from severe case of agoraphobia, and a teenage girl whose weird obsession borders on necrophilia.

It would be much too complicated and  probably ruin your reading experience to even try telling you what this book is about exactly. I won’t tell you about all the entanglements, I won’t give you much really as in my opinion it’s best to dive in blind.

Stares shouldn’t have weight, but knowing his eyes are on me makes my steps feel heavier.

If you are looking for some romance, the answer is yes, there is a romance within the pages of this story, it’s woven tightly into a much serious theme and it’s also filled with little surprises and odd little gems. The romance is sparse but written like a life line, I know it hooked me through the whole story, wanting to know what would result of that life altering kiss.

I can’t think of a single instance where I’ve ever been looked at like he’s looking at me right now. Like I fascinate him.

I can’t recommend this book enough, it was a pleasure to read, a pleasure to experience, a pleasure to feel and a pleasure to reflect on a matter that affects so many and can be often kept silent or ignored until too late.

Colleen Hoover cleverly addressed a heavy theme with discerning astuteness and perceptive manner, and I’ve no doubts this story will be eye-opening to many, inviting reflection and discussion between readers.

Peace doesn’t come to everyone in the same form.

Grab this book, enjoy it, and talk about it with someone! Feel free to drop by and talk to me about it, I’d be delighted to!

I’ll say it again in case none of you are getting it.
I. Don’t. Care. Sincerely, Without Merit.

“Without Merit” by Colleen Hoover. ©

Excerpt “Without Merit” by Colleen Hoover. ©

Author Bio & Links

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

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