Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (Oct. 3 2017)
Synopsis: 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.
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If you follow my blog, than you know the intensity of my love for everything and anything that is Colleen Hoover – this was why I was so absolutely excited to receive an advance copy of this book in the mail! It took me two days to read this book – this sounds like a quick read, but if we compare to other CoHo books that took me mere hours, this book was a long read for me.
Without Merit explores the modern family – imperfection hidden by a perfect façade. The plot line was great, the characters were great, the book was great. But all these “greats” together are just not up to par with CoHo’s previous level of AMAZINGNESS in her past novels. I can’t exactly pinpoint what about this book made it lack in CoHo’s usual greatness, but I didn’t feel the pull that I usually feel when reading her books. I felt like I was just waiting for that WOW moment, but it never came. NOTE – this book is classified as a YA book, versus a lot of CoHo’s previous novels which are New Adult books. This slight change of genre could have played a large roll in my opinions on this book.
This is not to say that Without Merit is not a good book – it is a good book! It is just not up to par with the usual CoHo greatness I am used to. Now I will just have to eagerly wait for CoHo’s next novel and hope for more greatness that will leave me speechless! Until then, I will be rereading Confess and November 9…
*I received this book from Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review*