BY COLLEEN HOOVER
Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing a mistake deserves is forgiveness.
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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.
“So many people dream of living in a house with a white picket fence. Little do they know, there’s no such thing as a perfect family, no matter how white the picket fence is.”
The house of Voss may have had a white picket fence, but inside you certainly aren’t going to find a perfect family. In fact you are going to find the complete opposite. You will find a house full of secrets harbored by one of the most diverse and unique families I’ve read about in a long time. Merit is the main character here and is a girl who feels like she is holding everyone’s secrets. Even the secret holder herself (as she feels) has a secret’s of her own, some she is very well aware of and some she isn’t. She may be the main character here but all the others play just as big of a part in this story and my, what a story it is. Merit, Honor, Utah, Sagan, Luck, Barnaby, both Victoria’s and even little Moby are about to take you on a journey and when it all unfolds you realize nothing is what you perceive it to be.
“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing a mistake deserves is forgiveness” A lesson the entire Voss family will come to realize is the most important lesson of all.
This book was a true Colleen Hoover masterpiece. She has proven again and again that she can write from one end of the spectrum to the other and kill it. I went into Without Merit blind and this book was nothing like I was expecting, which was perfection from my past experiences…It was much more, SO much more!
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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.