Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Blurb: Sometimes I think I read Colleen Hoovers books to punish myself and then I remember that I read them because she reminds me what it’s like to feel alive, love, and allow myself forgiveness. Without Merit is pure Colleen Hoover and that my friends is an instant classic in my book.
Synopsis: 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.
Thoughts: I know that people think that I am lucky, because I get advanced reading copies of books. I don’t think I am lucky sometimes, especially when a Colleen Hoover book arrives on my doorstep. I think that it makes it so hard for me to keep my mouth shut until the day that I can talk about things, because I want to talk from the very beginning. I want to tell the world what magnificent story she is blessing us all with now.
And that’s the thing – Colleen’s characters truly are a blessing. It’s like getting your heart handed to you in your hand and remembering that it’s okay to breathe, feel, and just be you.
Without Merit. It’s a coming of age story, sure. But what story isn’t. For me this story touched on a different level, because Hoover touched on depression in a way that really moved me. She doesn’t shy away from the hard stuff – the good, the bad, the ugly. She reaches out and tugs at your heart making you reconsider every time you have ever judged someone. She makes you reconsider all the times that you weren’t willing to forgive.
But it’s Hoover’s touch on the hard things in this book that makes me want to place it in everyones hands. It’s her making you feel like you are peaking into someones life and beginning to realize every time in your life that you prejudged someone. Every time that you thought that you knew someones story, but you didn’t have a clue.
Without Merit isn’t my favorite Hoover book, but it’s absolutely beautiful. It does what any good book should do – makes you think and makes you feel. It makes you come alive. It’s not the romance book I was expecting, but it’s one I needed. It’s definitely a must read.
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 ColleenHoover.com.
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