- WITHOUT MERIT
- Author: Colleen Hoover
- Published: 3rd October 2017
- Read: October 7, 2017
- Rating: ♥♥♥♥
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.
If you so much as heard CoHo’s name, you’ll know that this is one of the most anticipated book for October and a lot of people have been talking about this. I’m actually one of those people. This book is about a girl named Merit that just kept on rationalizing her loneliness, anger, etc. to her being a teenager but there are more serious things brewing in our actions if you know where to look. So this book addresses a lot (and I mean it, A.LOT.) of issues in today’s society and generation. The book revolves around Merit’s not so typical family arrangement but it is told only through Merit’s perspective.
The surprises revealed in the book are very heart-wrenching and shocking, I did not expect those things. I’ve read a lot of CoHo’s book so I’m familiar with her writing style, but to be honest, I got REALLY bored for the first few chapters. If Merit was talking to me in person, I would say she’s babbling her way through the chapters. Yes, I struggled but still I gave the book a chance and it was actually getting better until I got to the last few chapters then that’s what made me rate this book 4 stars despite the mind-awakening message of the book.
The thing is, I absolutely understood what Merit was feeling and the emotions and thoughts that went through her mind, I think that that’s the reason that I loved this book. I saw a piece of myself in her but the last few chapters were like reading through a textbook! I didn’t like it. Colleen Hoover is supposed to address an issue through telling a story. She wasn’t able to subtly deliver it on the last chapters, it feels like she couldn’t wait to finish her book. I mean, why didn’t you just focus on the story of what Merit and the family would do after all that incident when all you did was talk nonsense in the first few chapters? She could’ve write more, the book was really short and thin, so what’s keeping you from writing? I don’t know but that’s just my opinion because I expected so much from her but well, maybe next time. On the bright side the book is still really good, just not one of my favorite from CoHo.