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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 13 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK
- Audible.com Release Date: October 3, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075ZF6X71
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I feel completely conflicted and expect this will be one of the most difficult reviews I've ever written. I'm a huge Colleen Hoover fan and have read every one of her novels, I met her last year at The Bookworm Box, and consider her one of my favorite authors. I would even go so far as to say, my blog probably wouldn't exist if it weren't for Colleen Hoover. You wouldn't believe my excitement when I saw I was chosen to review Without Merit. Such is my luck that this would be the one CoHo book that didn't resonate with me.
Without Merit is an out-of-the-box novel, even for Colleen, and completely different than anything she has ever written. The characters all had their own quirks and oddities, almost to the point of being ridiculous. I found most of the characters challenging to like, and some downright repulsive. Obviously, Merit was the most likeable character within the 384 pages. She lives in a family of secret keepers, where no one is able to show love or tell the truth. Sick and tired of living with her family's burdens, Merit spontaneously decides she'll write a letter revealing her family's dirty secrets and take her own life. When her plan is foiled, she is stuck dealing with the consequences of airing the family's dirty laundry.
Colleen does a great job of making her readers feel connected to Merit through the first half of the story. It's obvious why she feels the things she feels, living in a family of crazies. Though I'm not advocating suicide, I was able to see why Merit in a moment of weakness, considered this a viable option for her problems. However, I felt the story dragged in getting to this point that the blurb details as the main event of the novel. I was unsure of which direction things would go throughout the majority of the book, making me wonder what the point of the story was. Finally, around the halfway mark things started rolling in true Hoover style, allowing me to understand the build-up in the first half.
I will say, I found Without Merit to have an important message overall. I think this book can have a positive impact on people who may struggle with some of the things Merit thought to be challenging in life. I was able to appreciate getting into the character's heads to understand the causes for their actions. Unfortunately, it seemed as if Merit was left out to dry, for the most part, in the conclusion. At times, I even felt as if Merit was being manipulated by those around her to see situations the way they wanted her to. And though there were resolutions in the end, many of the characters did not learn the lessons I hoped they would. It seemed as if they were making excuses for their actions, rather than accepting responsibility. Though, one of the main points Colleen makes in this novel is this:
"Not every mistake deserves a consequence, some just deserve forgiveness."
I suppose because I like "karma" as some call it, that makes me less apt to understand the feeling of forgiving without consequences. I prefer to see justice for mistakes, because many times people don't properly feel remorse and learn otherwise. Nonetheless, Colleen gives readers things to think about, which leads to my conflicted feelings over the whole of this novel. There were parts I liked and beneficial topics discussed, but on the whole, I did not relate to the story which created a bit of a disconnect. Regardless of my feelings and difference of opinion on many topics discussed within the plot, I will continue to be a Colleen fan and will eagerly read anything she produces in the future. This highly anticipated novel is sure to resonate with many readers, so please take my adverse opinion with a grain of salt. It may be just what you need at this moment in your life and simply wasn't a favorite for me.
What a dysfunctional set of characters!! I can say one was more interesting than the next one. From the first scene, I was hooked! CoHo never disappoints this reader, she grabs my attention from the very beginning and she never releases it until I'm done with the last page.
The main character is Merit Voss. She's a 17-year-old woman who's dealing with a lot of family issues. Her father cheated on her mother with her mother's former nurse Victoria. Then he proceeds to divorce Merit's mother (also named Victoria) and marries nurse Victoria. Yet, the ex-wife stays in their home and lives in their basement. Not only that, but they live in a building which used to be a church.
Merit doesn't have a good relationship with two of her siblings Utah and Honor, despite one of them being her own twin (Honor). Merit does love her half-brother who's only four years old, Moby. Soon, two intriguing male characters will make the family tension even worse. One is Sagan. Merit is very attracted to Sagan but she's forced to keep her distance (you'll learn why) and the second one, is someone whom Merit gives a ride home and will be the trigger to make some very guarded truths see the light.
"Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing a mistake deserves is forgiveness."
I can tell you that I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It had a lot of shocking moments and the quirkiness of the characters I have come to expect from CoHo. However, I wouldn't categorize this book as a romance. Overall, it plays a small part in the big scheme of things.
I'm glad, Colleen is always changing her formula. It's refreshing and the reader never knows what to expect. The issues Colleen brings out in this novel are all important and unfortunately, quite common in Merit's age group.
My one complaint (yes, I have one) is that my romantic heart wanted more Sagan and Merit.
"You bury me."