Book Reviews

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

“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.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay this is the most recent of Colleen Hoover’s books that’s out right now. And it’s weird. Like I think I get what Colleen Hoover was trying to do, but I honestly don’t think this is her best work. This is her first venture into YA and I think she should stick to New Adult.

First of all, there’s a part in this book where the main character Merit meets someone new and comments on how weird his name is. But like her entire family has weird names?? This is something that’s not really a big of a deal, but it annoyed me. Second of all, Merit is a horrible person. Her family is full of secrets and they’re all pretty bad people. The parents are awful and just I felt bad for her, but I also didn’t?

I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it and it still had the addicting factor that Coho books always have, but it wasn’t as good. The main character was just so unlikeable and the entire family was unlikeable. I recommend this to 15 and up since it does deal with some sensitive topics, but it’s still YA. I would pay attention to the trigger warnings because like I said it does deal with sensitive topics.

Until Next Time,



3 thoughts on “Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

  1. I want to read it!
    Do you read the wattpad book Maybe Now… I’m on that right now.. and she need to update and I’m wainting like a crazy lady lol…


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