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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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There are two twin sisters, Honor, who is more sociable than Merit, who stays to herself, and is having a problem dealing with secrets, both of her own and others that she has observed.
They have an older brother, who is suffering with his own set of secrets and problems. One of these secrets he has involves Merit, who he almost molested when she is twelve .Their mother lives with them and does not ever come out of the basement, she suffers from extensive depression. she is divorced from their dad, while he is remarried to a younger woman, who he got pregnant while she was the attending nurse for his wife! Add all this to the mix and you have the Voss family.
This book has so much emotional angst and I felt a range of emotions from laugh out loud hilarity to heartbreaking sadness and anger at the way they are not paid attention to or given any kind of guidance throughout the story. Merit is attracted to a young man named Sagan and she thinks he is one of her sister Honor's many boyfriends, however since they speak only when necessary, she doesn't realize at first that he lives there because her Dad lets him!
Their father's second wife lives with him in the house and they have a little boy who is so much younger than the older kids. However they all love him, and look out for him. Add their stepmother's younger brother who shows up there and gets along with all of the family except his sister, and the stage is set.
A huge incident happens that initially sends everyone reeling in different ways, and directions, but yet the author is able to show how out of the power of love this family reshapes itself into a better stronger group of people now ready to move forward together with strength, purpose and determination.
I gave this book 5***** stars, and just have to say Colleen Hoover is a great writer and no matter who or what she writes about, it is always a great read!
"I'm attracted to the unconventional and strange."
Merit comes from a, shall we say, 'diverse' family. She is a twin, they have an older brother and a way younger (half) brother. They live under one roof (of a former church no less) in a more than odd way. Sagan is someone that captures us in the first 2 chapters and we don't want him to leave. He is not part of the Voss family. He's like a saint or a messenger. He's someone that is deep but still a teenager himself. He's just right where he's needed at all times. He was like the glue that held a broken family together and he wasn't even a part of that family.
"Sometimes you get stuck with family members that do nothing but make mistakes they never have to apologize or pay for."
Colleen Hoover is witty, original and quirky in her writing and oh so dang creative. Without Merit is original and perfect for any age. It appeals to the younger crowd but is written in a sense that is deeper (ahem, Sagan). It's like seeing life through teenager eyes that have seen too much but have so much yet to see. But what they've already seen is more than the average family.
I loved the story. I loved the fact that it was just a snippet in the life. She leaves us with wanting more of the Voss family but also ok with where it ended too. Their lives go on and you can imagine it in your way. We've seen the characters grow and learn from their mistakes and you hope it doesn't happen again. So, what's next??....
"Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness."
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