Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Genre: Young Adult / Fiction / Romance

Published On: October 3rd, 2017

Print Length: 385

Rating: 4.1/5

About the Book: 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 antique 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.

About the Author: Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels and five novellas. Hoover’s novels fall into the New Adult and young adult categories. Hoover published her first novel, Slammed, in January 2012

Review: I have always associated Colleen Hoover with YA. A few years ago I stopped reading her books because I grew out of that genre, but since we’re doing Romance books this month. I thought why not read Without Merit. It was just lying around.

The starting felt like diving head first into the water. It was all so sudden. But the plot slowed down enough for me to enjoy the book.

Amongst the lies, the deceit, the secrets that were buried deep down and smoothed over by indifference and avoidance, we come across Merit. An 18-year-old teenager, dealing with the world like any other teenager would, while living amidst an over-eccentric family.

I love how the author has taken a very serious topic and has rolled it up in family, love and acceptance.

I like how, when I read a book, I feel like I’ve learned something. And this book taught me how it’s okay to be normal. It’s okay to be a little messed-up. And above all, it’s okay to ask for help.

Sagan, the main male character of this book, was unlike any other 19-year-old male character I’ve come across. It was refreshing to know he cared more about the well-being of the whole Voss family than, you know, what any other 19-year-old guy in a Young Adult romance would care about.

The writing and dialogue, obviously up to the mark. Just the right amount of humour to make it a light read despite the heaviness of the message it portrays.

Although I would have liked an Epilogue. But that’s just me. I want to know where the characters end up 5-10 years down the road.

All in all, I liked it. And I’m back on the Colleen Hoover ship!

Happy Reading!

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