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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Release Date: October 3, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Drama.
This is unlike anything I have ever read from Colleen Hoover. In fact, I think that she can write anything regardless of genre and still have a major hit on her hands. She proves this in Without Merit- a quirky, somewhat dry and emotional read that dives deep into mental illness.
When I first began reading this I remember thinking to myself, this is not Colleen Hoover! There is no romance or plight! But there is. It's just underneath all the important stuff that many authors fear to touch upon. And then, I continued reading the poetic words and brilliancy behind character motives and I thought, yup! It actually is work by Colleen Hoover. For some reason, her words and the way she puts stories together really set her apart from others. Readers feel like they are a part of the story in some shape or form and become emotionally involved and invested in what happens to the characters. At first, it is a bit tough to become emotionally invested in Merit because she is very DRY. She is also one dimensional, see's everything as if it were only one sided, and literally only knows how to judge based on her own perspective. Some readers may not like her character and I can understand why. But when the emotional journey hits it peak and things begin to slowly change within her eyes then YOUR perspective of her character is bound to change. For me, this is one of the most impactful books I have read by Colleen and I think she does a wonderful job at bringing dysfunctional and somewhat unlikable characters into human beings right before our eyes. I commend her for this, and I commend her bravery at bringing mental illness into a book because it's something we as readers seek more of (it makes them more realistic, right?).
With that, readers are going to experience something very different with this book. I myself absolutely LOVED it for reasons that I mentioned above PLUS the fact that we got to get a good look at how depression can affect a person- especially someone who is YOUNGER and more prone to act rashly.
I won't dive into the plot because there is no way that I can do it justice, it just needs to be read and felt by readers. But I will say that it is different than Colleen's other books as this is more of a young adult drama novel than a romance. There is also a ton of dysfunctional things going on within the Voss house that is all sorts of messed up as well, but that's for you to find out on your own.
If you’re a fan of Colleen Hoover- grab this one! I know you probably will anyway because she is a #1click author for many. If you like young adult, domestic dramas that discuss mental illness then this would also be a great book for you. I assure you, it will open your eyes to a totally different world.