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.
Once again Colleen takes you on such a ride. At first, I honestly didn’t know what to think… The Voss family is a bit unconventional. By the end, I was loving it hard. I think everyone can relate, we all have crazy families and want to know how we really fit in sometimes, even with those who should love you unconditionally.
This novel is different than most CoHo reads, as its really not a love story. It’s more of an awkward coming of age story, with this strange boy who makes our heroine. think in a different way. I think we all can relate to one or more points in this storyline and for that reason alone, I think it makes it a very relevant story. But I know a lot of people are going to read this and think… what the hell am I reading? And that’s ok. Love and the way we live is different from person to person. I found it so interesting talking to others who had read the book and they all had different things to say. Not a one of my friends saw the book in the same light. That in itself makes this an amazing book. How many authors can take a story and twist it into so many different trains of thought for each and every reader.
All I have to say is go into this book, expecting the unexpected. As long as you keep an open mind and an open heart, you’ll find many treasures in Without Merit.
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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