Saturday, September 8, 2018

Review: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Without Merit
Cover Source: GoodReads
Title: Without Merit
Author: Colleen Hoover
Narrator: Candace Thaxton
Version Reviewed: Finished Audiobook
I borrowed this audiobook from my local library.

GoodReads Synopsis:
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 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.
I've read a few Colleen Hoover books now and I honestly just keep finding myself blown away by her worlds, her characters, their stories, and how she can make me feel. Without Merit was definitely no different.

The characters in Without Merit are so insanely realistic that it's hard not to fall in love with each and every one of them. Each individual personality in this book has a little bit of something that you can either recognize in yourself or the other people in your life. Merit's issues with all of these people around her were also extremely realistic and her life, though a littl eccentric, is easily relateable for readers.

This book drew me in from line one and I couldn't stop myself from reading and reading to find out what was going to happen next. Merit's story is such a beautifully tragic reflection of real life and her confusion and struggle with her depression was one that I could deeply sympathize with.

Great real-word based story. I highly recommend it.

Rating: 4 Stars

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