- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books (October 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501170627
- ISBN-13: 978-1501170621
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 844 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Without Merit: A Novel Paperback – October 3, 2017
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“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)
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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. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). 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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Without Merit is told entirely from Merit’s point of view, which I found to be the perfect narration method to tell this story. I really enjoyed getting to know Merit. Right from the moment she told her trophy stealing story. I thought it was hilarious. That is what I think I love most about Colleen Hoover’s stories….she does not shy away from talking about really difficult subject matter. And without Merit deals with a lot of tough themes, but there are always zany moments to balance out the difficult. Without Merit had so many funny characters and conversations and really interesting personalities that this story never felt overly dark or depressing to me. It felt like life. Life is sometimes tough, and sometimes dark but there are also moments of levity. Colleen Hoover is the queen of balancing tough subject matter with big personalities and moments of levity. It is why I have enjoyed all of the books I have read from her. And why I want to read more.
Without Merit is a story that should be read. I know it made me stop and think at multiple points while I was reading it. Yes, I enjoyed the romance and yes Merit is a completely unique and utterly fascinating character, but the book felt totally fresh to me, as a whole, which is what I loved most about it. If you are looking for a flat out great read, pick up Without Merit. I can’t wait to see what you think of the story.
I love Colleen Hoover and all of her other books have always made me feel but this one left me feeling flat.
The characters in this story are flawed and complex. Their story is flawed and complex. It is unconventional. It is fictional and real. It happy. It is sad. It is full of dry humor. You will smile. You will frown. You will finish the book with a sense of bewilderment of the story and Colleen.
Dear Colleen, how do you come up with such unique and page-turning stories? How do you keep creating characters that your readers can't help but to love, yet despise in ways that makes us question our sanity? How do you keep us coming back for more?
This book is definitely going to spark more conversation, just like her last few. Some are going to love it. Some are going to like it. Some are going to feel so conflicted with their emotions and thoughts, they won't know exactly how they feel. That right there is the clear indicator of a well-written book!