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Without Merit: A Novel Paperback – October 3, 2017
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“Emotionally wrenching and utterly original, Without Merit’s characters stayed with me long after I finished.” (Sara Shepard, New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series)
“Honest, funny, and heart wrenching, all spun together perfectly. I couldn't put it down.” (Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the After series)
“Hoover does an excellent job of revealing the subtle differences between healthy teenage rebellion and clinical depression… This quirky, complex, and frustrating heroine will win hearts and challenge assumptions about family dysfunction and mental illness in a life-affirming story that redefines what's normal.” (Kirkus (starred review))
"Merit is complex and charming as she struggles with depression, and Hoover shines here as she reveals hope glowing within a house of dysfunction." (Booklist (5-star review))
"Hoover has captured the insecurities that make us human in this unforgettable novel. . . A captivating and poignant story delving into the complexities of living in a house filled with turmoil, secrets, and mental illness, and the vulnerability it takes to lean on those we love in times of need." (RT Book Reviews)
Praise for Colleen Hoover:
Hoover joins the ranks of such luminaries as Jennifer Weiner and Jojo Moyes, with a dash of Gillian Flynn. Sure to please a plethora of readers. (Library Journal (starred review))
November 9 is yet another breathtaking novel by Colleen Hoover that's full of blushing, gushing, and heartache. I loved every page and breathed in every beautiful word. (Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the After series)
If you haven't read November 9 yet, then, apologies to your busy schedule, but you're going to have to put everything down and spend the next day devouring it. (RT Book Reviews, Seal of Excellence Winner)
Colleen Hoover’s one-of-a-kind style of storytelling shines with November 9... I dare you not to fall in love with Ben and Fallon. (Vilma's Book Blog)
Colleen Hoover reminds readers that love is a fragile thing, built from courage, hope, and tears. Every person with a heartbeat should read this book. (Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling author)
About the Author
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Maybe Not, Ugly Love, Confess, November 9, It Ends with Us, and Without Merit. Colleen 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. Visit ColleenHoover.com.
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This story is everything you expect from a Colleen Hoover book, but I didn't realize that until over half way through. The first half of the book, so much time is spent inside Merit's head that I was getting annoyed because her character was so negative about herself and her family, I felt like the story wasn't going anywhere. However it did have plenty of interesting characters and story line to keep me reading to figure out what was going on. I'm so glad i stuck with it!! The story wrapped up with so many life lessons..and good ones.. I feel like everyone should read this book. The take home message I got was that no matter how bad you think you have it, there are people out there that have it much worse. Sometimes all you have to do is change your own perspective on things and you will realize that what you have, you are lucky to have. If more people did this, maybe the world would be a happier place! Thank You Colleen for a Beautiful story. You are so Talented and your soul shines through in your writing.
What the heck is up with the names you choose? **Spoiler kinda***
Merit, Honor, Utah, Sagan, Luck, Moby, Barnaby.. are all the names of the characters. The only "normal" name is Victoria, and it is used for 2 characters. LOL
Sagan was my favorite character, next to Merit. He was quirky and witty and swoony and I enjoyed him very much. But then this family was the epitome of quirky and there was so much there to smile at and delight in, so even though this book deals with some very deep subject matter, it never felt too dark and depressing. I did feel very deeply though the emotions that Merit was feeling and love the writing that can make me feel so strongly. This book definitely does that.
I highly recommend this book to lovers of family drama with beautifully written characters and settings. And books that make you feel strong emotions, laughing and crying with the characters that you will come to love deeply. I loved this book!
Merit is an average teenager in a not so average setting. Normal is not a word used to summarize her existence.
What is normal? What is perception? Great questions one needs to ponder when reading Merit's story.
Sagan is a very unique individual and is quite easy to like. Despite his own heavy circumstances, he seems to be the catalyst and voice of reason to begin the healing this household needs.
Once the secrets are shaken loose of their tight hold, things go from bad to worse. Nothing is ever easy and what comes to light is how much this family loves each other, ow imperfect they all are, how they can all heal and begin communicating, and how they can all support each other.
There are some heavy messages in Merit's story. Messages I can honestly say strike quite close to home. Without Merit is a book that will touch the heart of you and make you think. Another great Colleen Hoover novel!!
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