Published by Atria an Imprint of Simon & Schuster on October 3, 2017
Genres: Romance, YA
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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 eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.
Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.
Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.
Poignant and powerful, WITHOUT MERIT explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love.
I was provided a review copy by Atria; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
GUYS! I cannot tell you how excited I am that Coleen Hoover will be in my HOMETOWN! I live in the midwest and we rarely have any author events here. When a poll was posted in my blogging group asking WHAT CITY should Colleen Hoover visit on her Without Merit tour, I
coerced begged everyone to vote for Kansas City. Now, I am not sure if they did because many had tour sites close to their home for which they voted, but the universe shined brightly on Kansas City and October 04, 2017, Colleen Hoover will be hanging out with ME (Okay, one can dream, right?). I held a giveaway for a signed paperback that I will get signed that day, the winner was Katie Sajdak Lowden. Keep watching your mailbox, Katie!
❝Don’t make your presence known. Make your absence felt.❞
You know that feeling you get when you go into a book expecting one thing, but get something totally different, yet infinitely better than you could have expected? NO? Then you need to read Without Merit!
Without Merit is odd, it’s quirky and funny. It is also filled with emotional upheaval and hidden gems on which to ponder.
❝There’s something freeing about refusing to stress over stressful situations. No matter how much thought or time you put into a decision, you’re still only going to be wrong or right.❞
A family built upon lies and secrets, the Voss family is like no other family I’ve ever known, and for that I’m thankful. Because if they were real they would be the definition of family dysfunction. We have a dad who’s an atheist and moves his family into a church, a mother who lives in the basement, siblings who barely tolerate each other, and a girl who collects other people’s trophies as a coping mechanism.
Merit Voss carries the burden of the keeper of her family’s secrets and yet she feels invisible. Collecting other people’s trophies has become her solace in the chaos that surrounds her. When Sagan enters her life, he is a breath of fresh air. He helps her feel things other than sadness and despair. He opens her eyes to the world around her.
❝Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing a mistake deserves is forgiveness.❞
There is a lot going on in this book so don’t be tempted to speed read (and you will be) because you will miss the gems that are buried within its pages. Hoover leads you on a journey using a treasure map, don’t be fooled that the best part is where the X marks the spot (ie the ending). Enjoy the journey, revel in the digs, open each treasure as you reach them and don’t be tempted to be judgemental because it’s all about perspective.
As always, Hoover delivers spectacular writing with stunning characters and an intriguing storyline!
BY COLLEEN HOOVER
Atria Books Paperback | 384 pages | October 3, 2017 | $16.00
eBook: 384 pages| $7.99
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Don’t miss Colleen on tour for WITHOUT MERIT:
Monday, October 2nd
THIRD PLACE BOOKS
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Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
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LOS ANGELES, CA
Tuesday, October 3rd
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Wednesday, October 4th
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NEW YORK, NY
Sunday, October 8th
NEW YORK COMIC CON
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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Tuesday, October 10
Southern Methodist University Bookstore
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Dallas, TX 75205
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