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Published by: Atria
on October 3, 2017
Genres: New Adult
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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.
Before anything else, I just want to make you aware that WITHOUT MERIT is my very first Colleen Hoover read. I know! I know! I’m a MONSTER! After absolutely DEVOURING this book, I can safely say that it will DEFINITELY not be my last. The myriad of emotions that went through my whole body was indescribable. I felt SO MUCH with every single turn of the page. This book was my bubble and nothing could penetrate it. I didn’t know what time it was or how much time had passed. The fact of it was, I wasn’t calling it quits until the very end. I’ve never been so fully unaware of my surroundings like I was while reading WITHOUT MERIT. Yes, Colleen Hoover (even though I do know who she is) is a new-to-me author and to tell you the truth, after finishing up Merit Voss’ story, I feel like I’ve known this author my whole life! Her unique and impeccable writing calls to me on every single level, and with each turn of the page, I dreaded those two words that would make it all go away. T H E E N D.
If you follow my blog you are well aware of how much I love to quote the books I read. With WITHOUT MERIT, there was absolutely NO TIME for that. I was too involved…too wrapped up in this family drama to even think about taking the extra couple of seconds to highlight a quote. Truthfully, this book stands on its own. You don’t need tons of quotes from the book to know that it will be spectacular. You don’t need a bunch of teasers and excerpts to know that this book will utterly change you and the way you view your family and your life. It is what it is…an EPIC JOURNEY, an EMOTIONALLY-GRIPPING story, and an INCREDIBLE tale that absolutely EVERYONE should get their hands on.
The die-hard COHO fans are correct in everything they say about their leader. Colleen Hoover writes for herself and for her readers. There is no one else. She doesn’t do it to please the masses. She writes what’s in her heart and she shares the journey almost effortlessly. Ms. Hoover has always been on my radar, but after actually diving in to her work for the first time, I’m afraid the obsession will grow stronger from here on out. The story of Merit Voss and her eclectic family is EVERYTHING. No matter if you are a romance, young adult, or new adult reader, EVERYONE needs to read this book. Perspectives WILL change with every page you turn. I guarantee it.