Without Merit: A Novel by Colleen HooverWithout Merit: A Novel by Colleen Hoover

Without Merit: A Novel

byColleen Hoover

Paperback | October 3, 2017

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover comes a moving and haunting novel of family, love, and the power of the truth.

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.

Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.
Colleen Hoover (born December 11, 1979) is the author of many New York Times bestselling novels. She is also the author of the Slammed series and the Hopeless series, which includes Hopeless, Losing Hope and the free novella Finding Cinderella. The NYT's bestseller, Maybe Someday, includes links to an original soundtrack by musician Gr...
Title:Without Merit: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.31 × 1 inPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1501170627

ISBN - 13:9781501170621


Rated 5 out of 5 by from CATCHY I was already hooked after reading the first chapter
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling and full of heart! I started reading WITHOUT MERIT the day that I received the ARC in the mail! When I opened the package, I proceeded to squee and hug the book to my chest. Not long after that I started reading and I couldn't put it down!!! I kept reading and I didn't stop until I'd finished!!! Merit is definitely not a traditional main character. She's brash, abrasive, and extremely impulsive, but I really enjoyed her narrative and I loved her sardonic sense of humour. She was raw, and real and flawed...and I loved seeing her overcome all of the obstacles she faced in the book. And Sagan...oh boy. I loved Sagan!!!! He had some lines that were just soooo swoony!! I also really enjoyed getting to know Merit's family. She lives in a pretty unconventional household, and their family dynamics were really intriguing! The story itself was wonderful!!! It was all about family dynamics, love, and perspective! When I finished reading that was my biggest thought, that the book was all about perspective and I absolutely loved that. So often we live our lives wrapped up in our own little bubbles, only ever thinking of and considering things from our own viewpoints, and WITHOUT MERIT kind of shows you that sometimes our perspectives can be extremely biased and completely wrong. The truths that we think we see aren't the full story and coming to terms with the reality of certain situations can be revolutionary, so I really loved what Colleen was doing with this story! It didn't wreak my heart like some of her previous books, but it completely enthralled me and it captivated my attention wholly and left me wondering and considering the world we live in, my place in it, and how my perspective could be shifted to keep myself from getting too wrapped up in my own little world! Finally, and this is totally separate from the characters and the story as a whole, I also loved that Colleen dedicated WITHOUT MERIT to one of her sons! It's one of the sweetest, and best dedications I've ever read. It's also pretty clear that Merit's hometown is based on the town that Colleen lives in and there was a little bookstore that Cohorts will likely recognize...it was probably the most adorable cameo I've ever seen and it was in a book! ;) I adored WITHOUT MERIT! Colleen Hoover is definitely moving away from romance-centric stories towards ones that are more on the literary fiction side, and while I love my swoony, sexy or sweet romances, I really love that she's creating stories with so much depth! Merit and her family deal with quite a few big issues in this book that they end up confronting head on and I really, really appreciate that Colleen is willing to bring sensitive topics up for discussion like she has here! Cohorts will definitely love this one, and I hope that newbies to Colleen Hoover who are looking for a story full of heart will pick it up and love WITHOUT MERIT, too! *I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This review was originally posted on my blog on October 3, 2017.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Without Merit Like all of her novels, I quickly devoured this one and could not put it down! I wouldn't say this is my favourite of her books, but I love her writing and she is my favourite author! The story was different and it was a little predictable, but still had the edgy, sarcastic protagonist that are in most of her novels. Can't wait for her to pump out more books!
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stuck in between. Definitely not her best shot but still worth the reading. It was pretty difficult to like any of the characters.... but the story is interesting and so are the themes treated in the book!
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Another outstanding novel by the wonderful Colleen Hoover... i can never seen to put down her books!! Love the Character Merit!!
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not impressed this is my second Colleen Hover book and i cant say i loved it. i add a lot of issus with this book and ive developed a theory as to how she develops her books, but im going to continue to read her books just to see if im right.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from well. after long anticipated - i was definitely sad .. sad that i didn't love without merit as much as i did her other books. now i am a fairly new coho fan but it's hard to go backwards. i started off with 'it ends with us' and i simply refused to read any of her old books for while. i saw that many readers felt that, no book compare to it ends with us and that it was one of her best works yet. i can't agree more - i love her writing and just how easily she captivates her reader and just connects you with each character. as raw and relatable as Merit was, i simply did not think the storyline was that organic. i finished it of course, but i definitely don't recommend this one as much as i do the others!
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved, super relatable I bought this book a little after it came out. I couldn't put it down once I started reading. I found Merit very relatable to myself and I don't know if it's because of what was going on in my life while I was reading or just because I give a lot of importance to mental health. Either way, the book was very enjoyable with a few laugh out loud moments!
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from She's done better I was a bit disappointed and expected more from a Goodreads Choice Winner, but you can’t like ‘em all. This is a story about a bunch of misunderstood characters living under one roof. Merit, the narrator, believes her family are a group of miscreants - her father a home-wrecker, her sister basically a necrophiliac, her brother a closeted-sister-kisser, and her mother an agoraphobic basement dweller... not to mention the other folks that come to call Dollar Voss their home. I can appreciate the theme of depression and quick judgments, but I couldn’t buy into the story as much as I would’ve liked to. I found Merit to be insincere and entitled, even when her family exposed their deepest secrets. Altogether, it was an easy read with an important underlying lesson to forgive past mistakes.
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazinggg This book made me laugh and cry and sometimes both at the same time.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOOOVEEDDD I loved this book for so many reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is that it's a little different than CoHo's other books. I love all her books so incredibly much and they all make me cry and break my heart and then piece me back together again. This book did the same thing, but in a different way. It was great to see her branch out and create this kooky family with their odd yet oddly relatable problems. Merit is one of the most interesting leading ladies I've ever gotten to know through a book, and I loved watching her come to terms with the lies and truths in her family. Must read if you're a CoHo fan!!
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! A little different from her other books but still a classic Hoover novel. Was enjoyable and fast paced!
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from relatable totally great rep for depression and i really loved it
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from drama is for real! it's colleen hoover it means it's a great story and she did it again with this story, everytime i read her books, I'm always torn between wanting to finish the book to know the whole story and ending, and not finishing the book and slowly read it coz i don't want to finish the story, coz i will just have a book hangover. this book did that to me it's just so lovely and so real and i felt what merit was experiencing, but I guess everyone of us should just open our heart to everything that's surrounding us,
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Omg!!!! I read this book in one day I couldn't put it down ..had so much to do but yup that's what happened lol .. loved it ! I hope she write a novella that goes with this book we need more of Merit and Sagan ..... so much more
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Usually love her work but this is not her best I usually find it very hard to put down Hoover's books. This book fell flat for me. The story lines are so far fetched and muddled together that it was difficult to connect with the author or any of the characters. As usual, Hoover has some ridiculous names for her characters that were just to ridiculous it was hard to take them seriously.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great depression rep not her best novel but very touching and it spoke to my depression
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Great by Colleen Hoover Another fab read by Colleen Hoover. Quirky characters and situations throughout this page-turning story remind us that no family is perfect. I was instantly drawn in and hooked by her signature writing style and her main character that had me loving her from page one. Another great read by Colleen Hoover that will go on my keeper shelf.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Fab Colleen Hoover Read Another fab read by Colleen Hoover. Quirky characters and situations throughout this page-turning story remind us that no family is perfect. I was instantly drawn in and hooked by her signature writing style and her main character that had me loving her from page one. Another great read by Colleen Hoover that will go on my keeper shelf.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from She does it again!! I always get so caught up in anything she writes! I feel all the emotions. Love her books!
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Most Anticipated of 2017 Every single one of Colleen Hoover's books is so different from the last! I really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love Colleen Hoover This was my most anticipated book of 2017 and it was not a letdown! I’ve never been so excited for October to come LOL. “Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness” Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth. I have to say it is different than her usual books but it was still a great read to add to your list but ugly love is still my favorite COHO book
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Underwhelming Don't get me wrong... I love Colleen Hoover and I anticipate her books whenever she has a new one being published BUT this novel just didn't do it for me like her other ones did. It was still a good story and it wasn't hard for me to finish but I didn't find myself invested in the characters and the story as much as I have been with her other novels. It was just okay for me.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My most anticipated read of 2017 - it did not disappoint! I love everything that Colleen Hoover writes. I have read and loved every single one of her books. So for that reason Without Merit was my most anticipated book of 2017. For those who follow Coho on social media she has said that Without Merit is unlike anything that she has ever written. I would agree with that assessment. This book is nothing like any of her other books. I went into this book completely blind, knowing nothing about the story except for the book's previous title. This book is a mature Young Adult contemporary novel. The narrator is 17 year old Merit Voss. Merit lives in a small town in Northeast Texas. The first part of this book was so unusual. So different. So unpredictable. I had no idea where the story was headed. And for someone like me who finds many stories to be fairly predictable this was so fresh, new, and original. Merit is a very unusual narrator. She is so focused on her own life that she has no clue what is going on around her. Normally Coho heroines are super likable. So this was different too. Merit is spontaneous. She refuses to weigh the consequences of her decisions. She just acts without thinking. I feel like this book might not be for everyone. It is very different from other Coho books. It deals with some heavier/ difficult topics. This book focuses less on romance than other Coho books. It is YA. And the narrator is less likable. The town has a negative opinion of the Voss family. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story. Also, every character is different and quirky, which made the story very fun to read. There are so many unexpected events in this book. It was one unexpected event after another. It was crazy. Is there romance in Without Merit? Yes there definitely is. But it was not the core focus of the book. The book deals with some very serious issues. But the book isn't dark. There are so many funny and quirky things about this book. I think that this was the most surprising thing about this story. For much of the book I honestly could not figure out where the story was headed. Certain things would happen and I would think that meant something. But the book would go in a completely different direction. I absolutely loved that there were so many shocking reveals. The ending was satisfying. But maybe I wanted more. I think I would have preferred a few more chapters or an epilogue. Overall, my mind was whirling after reading this book. It is classic Coho in that it is original, fresh, with lots of twists that you won't see coming. But it is also a completely new Colleen Hoover. Maybe after It Ends With Us she wanted to write more meaningful stories. This book is unlike anything that I've ever read before. I will be curious to see if people love this book. I will be curious to see if people love Merit. I will be curious to see what people think of her family and her problems. I will also be curious what people think of the fact that there is romance, but the story isn't 100% focused on the romance. Colleen Hoover is amazing. Her words are like gold. I am so happy that I got a chance to experience this book. *P.232 was my favorite thing ever. This was my most anticipated read of 2017. Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with a copy of this book!
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Enjoyed every moment reading this novel
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good a very interesting book! i recommend it!
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I've been a big fan of Colleen Hoover's and her newest book, Without Merit did not disappoint me! As one of my most anticipated books of this year it no reason why I wouldn't love this one as well. You should've seen my face when I received the ARC from Simon Schuster. Colleen out did herself with this one because its not like any other of her books! The book is for mature YA and out main character is 17 year old Merit who lives in a little small town in Northeast Texas (very small). The Voss family is very interesting/odd. But its such an addicting read that you won't forget it. While Merit's family is dysfunctional like any normal family, their life is interesting. You go see the family go through a rollercoaster of motions like accepting who they are in their community and ignoring their main problems. There's also Merit's interactions throughout her day right from the beginning of the book. Colleen Hoover has written us a story that is anything like normal but the story is amazing because of its flaws and it will touch so many people. I just loved it right from the start because in ways I could relate to Merit. If you love any of Colleen's book you will want to grab this book immediately. It was refreshing and a good change for any reader. While you might not understand her families quirks like their fears, secrets and trying to be understood. There are so many twists and turns and times where you light and have the feels. Also Sagan!! Just loved him. Definitely swoony. Colleen has taken us a little away from her normal romance side but this book had so much more. Any CoHorts will fall in love with this story and it will help bring topics that are concerning today! Go pick Without Merit!!
Date published: 2017-10-04

Editorial Reviews

It Ends with Us tackles [a] difficult subject…with romantic tenderness and emotional heft. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author's note at the end that explains Hoover's personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read. Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors.