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Without Merit

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  73,778 ratings  ·  8,389 reviews
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, 385 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Atria Books
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Alyssa Frost Where does anyone come off saying this is a romantic fiction? Barely ANY romance. it's basically a suicide prevention novel. It's funny and you'll she…moreWhere does anyone come off saying this is a romantic fiction? Barely ANY romance. it's basically a suicide prevention novel. It's funny and you'll shed a tear or two, but don't expect a love story.(less)

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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 liv
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Laura Rash
Shelves: from-publisher
Congratulations-winner of Best Romance 2017!

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 unti
Not my favorite CoHo book but it was still an enjoyable and quick read. Full review to come!
This was one of my most anticipated books of 2017 and somehow I have managed to put it off for a whole year smh. I'm finally picking it up so you can expect some reading updates coming your way soon!




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?
Claudia Ramírez
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017

I liked some things. I hated some things.
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
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
***2 STARS***

Unfiltered review here...

It was supposed to be better. . . *sad face*

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 Collee
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 admi
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
-3,5 stars-
Well, it's not one of my favorite CoHo book but still I 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 th
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ive actively avoided this book for so long. it seems to be CoHos least liked novel and the story just doesnt sound like the CoHo i know and love. buuuuut this is the only book of hers i havent picked up and it was killing me to leave one book left unread. so i caved and i honestly should have done it sooner.

while this didnt quite make me feel anything emotionally (beyond general enjoyment) like her other books have done, this is still really good. it definitely has a more downer of a vibe compar
Ninoska Goris
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leido-2017
English - Español

This book would have served Colleen Hoover to write several. It is the first time I see that in the same book be treaten so many problems and psychological and psychiatric diseases. It's too much. Or as a friend of mine says "a lot with too much".

As this is a book of the genre YA of course Merit Voss is seventeen years old (is it so difficult to innovate and change even this?). She has an identical twin sister and has two brothers, one older than her and another small one from h
Sep 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Listen, it's been five months since I started reading this book and quite frankly I lack the enthusiasm or desire to finish it; therefore, it's a DNF for me. Shame that.
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
4 Stars

Wow. 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: 4/5
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
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I wasn't sure where this story was heading at first. It was random, the family dynamic was messy and that's a fuckin understatement, but I decided to read on as usually with a Hoover book, it'll be gut-wrenching at some point.

And it was.
Not in the style of It Ends With Us necessarily, but in its own way. As I got more and more invested in the story, I teared up quite a few times.

I think Colleen Hoover is getting better and better with her books.
I like that there was a specific focus on fa
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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
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, arcs
*****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
Berit Talks Books
5 spectacular stars! With MERIT!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

CoHo did it again!!! Last year the book that had the biggest impact on me was Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us.... that book still sticks with me today, it wrecked me, it hit me where I live, it was just simply perfection.... so I was a bit nervous to pick up this book, how could it possibly live up to my expectations? Well I’m happy to say it definitely did!!!

This book is different from any CoHo book I’ve read before..... but definitely in a good way.... thi
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
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 do or e
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult

➦You know, sometimes while reading I keep thinking "Hey, I could totally write a story like that!" Provided that I could write. lol

➦I'm not implying that it's easy to write a book. But I guess if I really REALLY wanted to, I could. Checklist, let's go:

✔spend ages on learning how to write without sounding like an imbecile
✔come up with a somewhat decent romance story and characters
✔hire an editor
✔probably re-write the damn thing 100 times
✔publish it anyways because I do what I want!

➦What's the poi
“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 wor
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

A Coming of Age Novel about Life, Trials and Tribulations and Friendship

So what can I tell you about this CoHo novel? Again, it was totally unexpected. I have been kind of going in blind as of late with almost every book I read, that way all books are surprises. So yes, CoHo kind of has a style, but she also kind of doesn’t. None of her books are all that alike. Yes, some have romance in them, but lots aren’t entirely about that. Such is the case with “Without Merit”.

“Without Merit” is a
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.
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
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
The Burning Rose (Jess)
OMG! Did I really read it in two days?? (Review to come!)
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
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 solid stars. This book didn’t have the usual angst I’ve come to expect from CoHo which was nice. The family dynamics in this book were somewhat unusual and yet it worked for me.
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