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 of It Ends With Us and November 9 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...
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Title:Without Merit: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1 inPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501170627

ISBN - 13:9781501170621

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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.