I’m happy to be participating in the blog tour for Colleen Hoover’s latest, Without Merit. Read on for more information about the book, my spoiler-free review and a giveaway from the publisher.
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: eARC, 384 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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.
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’ve gotta be honest, I’m not sure what to say about this book. It felt like a different kind of Colleen Hoover book. (I don’t mean that in a bad way.) I’ll admit I never actually read the blurb for this book before I started reading. I rarely do with Colleen’s books. I just know I’m always going to read them. To me, she’s at her best when writing complicated love that seems… hopeless… Without Merit wasn’t that book. Yet still, it was as engrossing and emotional as those books.
I’m not going to get down into the details of the story in my review. I don’t think there’s any way I could do it justice. This was at it’s heart, to me, primarily a story about the complicated relationships between family members and a coming-of-age story for Merit. It was ugly and messy and tough to read at times. It had raw, sad moments that left tears in my eyes, but it wasn’t TOO heavy, still delivering a few smiles and chuckles. There was a beauty in the overall story that I don’t think anyone but Colleen could pull off successfully.
Without Merit isn’t my favorite of Colleen’s books — it’s hard to compete with Maybe Someday, November 9 and Slammed — but it’s still an important book. It was also a very good one. Don’t expect a lot in the way of romance in this one if you do read it. Honestly, I don’t think it needed it though. That wasn’t the point of the story. It’s far less about happily ever afters and more about finding yourself, accepting others and finding a way to move on.
“I’ve met a lot of people in my life, Merit. But you might be the strangest of them all.”
“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing a mistake deserves is forgiveness.”
“So many people dream of living in a house with a white picket fence. Little do they know, there’s no such thing as a perfect family, no matter how white the picket fence is.”
“It annoys me when people try to convince other people that their anger or stress isn’t warranted if someone else in the world is worse off than them. It’s bullshit. Your emotions and reactions are valid, Merit. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. You’re the only one who feels them.”
Do you plan to read Without Merit?