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Without Merit

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Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Atria Books
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Laura Rash
Shelves: from-publisher
Happy Pub Day Merit!
There is always a great deal of pressure when reviewing a highly anticipated novel before it’s release date. When this magical ARC was delivered to my doorstep and I read the press release, I knew this would be a really special read. I cleared my entire TBR schedule to be able to read this book immediately and I regret nothing. If you are the type who likes to go into a book fully blind, I’m going to stop right here and encourage that you to wait until you get your hands on
Emily May
Oct 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
He could probably open his mouth and call me an asshole again and I'd still want to kiss the lips the insult came from.

CoHo really missed the mark with this one, in my opinion. I really do like that she's moving more towards Contemporary and darker subjects - as with It Ends with Us - but this messy book took on mental illness, sexuality, suicide, abuse, even the Syrian refugee crisis, AND a romance. None of them were done very well.

The book centers on Merit Voss and her family. They now live
Jan 26, 2017 marked it as to-read


I don't want a freaking excerpt, I want the whole book! Is that too much to ask?

What am I supposed to do with my life until October 3rd?

I don't even care what this book is about. I would read CoHo's grocery list.

Can I have it now? Thank you.
Aestas Book Blog
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

So many secrets in this house. And yet, the one secret I should have told years ago is the one I’ve kept the quietest.

Colleen Hoover is one of best authors I've ever read and her books are always sitting at the top of my recommendations lists for every kind of reader! Her books are absorbing, her characters are endearing, and each new story she writes is unique, relatable, and thought provoking. She has a very distinctive writing style that I absolutely love, I also respect and admire her a
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-four-stars
4.25 stars!!!


One thing I can say about Colleen Hoover is that she never writes the same book twice. I love that every time I pick up a book from her, it’s different than the last. She doesn’t have the same formula, but her writing is consistently strong and endearing. It’s refreshing! Without Merit is nothing like any of her other books. First of all, I wouldn’t classify this as a romance at all. It’s a book of self discovery and a coming of age tale.

Merit Voss comes from an interesting family
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“So many secrets in this house. And yet, the one secret I should have told years ago is the one I’ve kept the quietest.”

Colleen Hoover is one of the queens of modern day romance. She always takes on dark topics and provides the reader with unexpected twists that will rip your heart out. I’ve read and enjoyed almost everything she’s written, but Without Merit is a different beast.

I keep seeing reviewers say that this is a coming of age story, which is true, but this book is so much more than
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well, it's not one of my favorite CoHo books but still I really enjoyed it... 🙂 And don't get me wrong, she is my No.1 author but I believe I'm the main problem in here because I think I was expecting something else. Like maybe similar to her other YA books (Hopeless or maybe November9 type of story) but still this book was really interesting to read and there were a lot of things to think.... And in the end I liked this book. I hope you give it a chance, who knows maybe you'd love it more than ...more
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
***3 STARS***

Unfiltered review here...

It was supposed to be better.

First, I want everyone to know that this is not a romance novel, just in case you thought it would be. There’s a touch of romance, but nothing swoon worthy. That wasn’t a problem for me – I just had to adjust my mindset, but that only took me ten minutes, max. It’s more of a story about acceptance and understanding – finding yourself, so to speak. Just like many other Colleen Hoover books,
Lala BooksandLala
Oct 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017-releases
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4.75 STARS


Just when I thought I was done with YA, I stumble upon CoHo’s book and she pulls me back in again.

Can she get any better? I doubt it.

So meaningful. So deep. So good.


Enjoyment: 5/5
Writing style: 5/5
Storyline: 5/5
Hero: 4/5
Heroine: 5/5
Secondary characters: 5/5
Hotness/steam: 2/5
Romance: 3.5/5
Angst: 4/5
Darkness level: 2.5/5
Humor: 3/5
Depth of the book: 5/5
POV: heroine, 1st person
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Update 10/3/17

4 stars!

Right off the bat I just want to say, there’s not much I can tell you about the plot of this book. I really want to, but it’s all just one giant spoiler, and I don’t want to be that person so please don’t put that on me. What I can say, is that from the very beginning of this book Colleen Hoover keeps you on your toes and you have no idea where she will go next with this story.

I also want to make one thing clear, this book is unlike anyth
Shannon Moore
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I would like to take a moment and say that I appreciate the fact that there are authors out there who are willing and motivated to write about issues close to their heart and issues that are happening in the world today. CoHo does this and once again, I feel like this book will have a great impact. With that being said, and the fact that I'm a huge Colleen Hoover fan (I've read them all except Too Late -- I'm getting there!), I don't have a problem with saying that this was not my favourite book ...more
Clau R.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017

I liked some things. I hated some things.
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5 stars ❤

I loved Without Merit so much it was a powerful, intense,fun and emotional story.From the beginning to end the journey is riveting!Colleen Hoover completely drew me into Merit's and the other members of her family story!

Merit is a unique heroine, I love her and I could relate with her.My heart was aching for her, she and her family doesn't communicate and can’t seem to find a solution to their problems as a family.All the characters ha
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Maddie by: Nazanin
Shelves: na, cover-love, friend-rec
Okay Here is the deal with this book!!

Chapter 1 -> was good!

The next 50% according to me was boring, but although it was boring it was also interesting, does that even make sence!!!

Reason for boring first 50% -> COHO went into a lot of detail regarding each family member, out of Merit perspective and only her single POV! Sometimes it just felt like too much information.

Although I said the above, it was also good to read about the details and background of each family member
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*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by ATRIA Books}

No one would be able to determine from the outside of our house that our family of seven includes an atheist, a home wrecker, an ex-wife suffering from a severe case of agoraphobia, and a teenage girl whose weird obsession borders on necrophilia.

Merit Voss is a seventeen-year-old girl who not only has to deal with the normal teenage angst most kids go through, but add on her strained relationships with her very eccentric family. She see
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
One thing that I admire about Colleen Hoover is her ability to write such beautiful, refreshing, and powerful novels!

Without Merit is nothing like her previous books that I have read. I would not classify this book as a romance at all (I mean maybe a little here and there). This to me would be a story about self discovery and finding your place in the world. This story is real, raw, beautiful, and painful at times. Hoover will steal your heart with this one.

Merit Voss comes from a very interest
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

I. C.A.N.N.O.T. W.A.I.T.!

Book Blurb:
Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.
The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”

{calls help line}
person: how may I help you?
me: i have lost the ability to even



She has done it again. She had zero mercy on my poor, smol heart. She ripped it into tiny little pieces by her heartfelt, breathtaking plot, "addictive like crack" writing, and A+++++ characters. She crushed me with feels like If I could sum up this book into one word,
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
um? Im not really sure what I wanted from this book or what I expected but it certainly wasn’t this at all. I’m a little disappointed that it was a classic CoHo book but I still really enjoyed it. This book was a 10/10 absolute hot mess. I’ve never read about such fucked up characters with completely messed up lives. I’m kinda just in shock about this book tbh??? I have no idea how to feel.
Sep 15, 2017 marked it as priority-to-read
OMG....I just read an excerpt of this book and my heart is pounding. Gosh darnit, CH isn't playing!

This book is definitely different from CoHo's previous work but it still maintained them CoHo-styled twists which are all just A+++++. I highly suggest going into this book blindly, you're going to hate ***** and love ***** and hate ***** and love ***** and then love *****.

Trigger warnings: depression, suicide


no, i didn't pass by my local bookstore today to see if a copy was available nor did i stare at CoHo'
There will be readers who believe this book was written just for them...and they will be right. It will speak life, laughter, and validation into their very soul. It will let them know that there is no perfect family, that there are no right or wrong feelings, that they can disclose seemingly insurmountable truths and survive, that they can forgive and give second chances, but most importantly that they must fall in love with themselves before they can fall in love with another. Without Merit
Carol (Bookaria)
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors and I have read almost every one of her books.

She is a masterful storyteller, not only does she captivates me with her stories but she manages to tackle difficult topics in an interesting and engaging way.

What is this book about? Well, it's hard to describe because it's about so many things. In the most simplistic form it's about Merit, a 17 year-old teenager with a twin sister. Merit lives with her family and there are issues that have not been handl
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 It's all about PERSPECTIVE STARS

Esta vez la conclusión es tan importante, que la pondré al inicio de la reseña:

En conclusión: Una historia de drama adolescente, que nos deja ver de una forma realista, triste y complicada lo que es vivir con una enfermedad mental.

Les recomiendo que lo lean, por supuesto, pero además les recomiendo mucho que lo lean antes de leer mi reseña, que lo empiecen sin saber nada sobre la historia, y no porque los spoilers les arruinen la historia, creo que lo que l
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 With Merit Stars


Well, where to begin!? Lets look at this cover a little more! I love it! This cover alone tell you about the story! I have a question, how/where Ms. Hoover learn to write such stories!! I thinks it’s in her blood, right!? I love, love her writing style! She writes in such a way that you want just keep reading! This story was like you don’t want it ends but at the same time you can’t
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Colleen Hoover is a very popular author, and it isn't hard to see why. I've hated as many of her books as I've liked, but there is something compulsively readable about her stories. I think if she gets anything right, it's her pacing, which is nearly always spot on. I can read one of her books for hours without getting bored. Angry, maybe, but not bored.

Trigger warnings: suicidal thoughts or tendencies, depression, and mental illness.

Without Merit is a very busy book that tries to accomplish a
I love everything that Colleen Hoover writes. I have read and loved every single one of her books. So for that reason Without Merit was my most anticipated book of 2017. I almost started crying when I received an unexpected copy in my mailbox.

For those who follow Coho on social media she has said that Without Merit is unlike anything that she has ever written. I would agree with that assessment. This book is nothing like any of her other books.

I went into this book completely blind, knowing noth
Deborah Obida
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing

One of the reasons why I adore CoHo and her books is the powerful message that is always embedded in her stories. It shows that no matter what you're going through there is always hope. This one for example feature depression, anxiety in a dysfunctional family. Anytime I grab her book to read I always know that I'll get more that just entertainment and it gets better with each book. I adore the writin
Amy (Foxy)
Another brilliant CoHo story!

A beautifully written story of a family who has lived with buried secrets that are weighing them down. Simply put this family is dysfunctional. Every family has their own dysfunction but the Voss family seems to have taken that as a challenge and upped the ante.

”Little do they know, there’s no such thing as a perfect family, no matter how white the picket fence is.”

Merit Voss is a 17-year-old senior who finds herself trying to make sense of her surroundings. The y
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