I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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.

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Wow.

My friends, Colleen Hoover has done it again. This book was all encompassing to me. The Voss family soon became my crazy family as the words were woven so well and so effortlessly.  Colleen Hoover has such a gift for storytelling; she has a way of taking a fairly simple day-to-day idea or concept, yet gives it to us in a way that is so interesting. I don’t know how she does it! This was the first young adult book that I’ve read in quite a long time, but it was one of the best adult books that I’ve read. There were so many characters in this book, yet I slipped right into the Voss family and got to know all of them.

I went into to the story completely blind, all I knew was that Colleen Hoover had a new book coming out I said YES, I must have it.

just. like.

that.

easiest decision E V E R!

So now that I’m done I have gone back and read the synopsis. Yes, I have a disease called spoiler-phobia. It’s real!! The synopsis is pretty much is the story so there are no spoilers here in my review… but the beauty of it is the journey – the magical way all of a sudden I actually really cared about how the Voss family would come out of their crazy mess, and how they dealt with, well… everything. And it wasn’t always pretty, but I could not look away (or put the kindle down in my case).

There were some parts of this book that were absolutely laugh out loud hilarious, and totally in line with Ms. Hoover’s sense of humor. It was absolutely fantastic and I just loved, loved, loved it. Humor is actually harder to do than something sad, but this was done so naturally and *whispers* dare I say, it almost made the story. I could tell it was just the way the words came out, nothing forced, and it put a smile on my face.

Even with her issues, I adored Merit and her inner dialogue. I was totally in her corner rooting for her so hard. But in addition to the heroine, I also end up loving all of the other characters and their stories. Yes, each back story left me wanting more. I think I went through Merritt‘s journey looking at it from her perspective, but just as she realized that maybe her perspective was just that – her perspective –  I too lived through the realization that may be her view wasn’t necessarily always the truth. It was not always pretty, it was hard, and she was lonely, but in the end I loved how this family totally changed.

I do wish that there had been more romance in this book, or at least developed more than it did. However, I understand why it was written the way it was. I guess I would love to have a part 2, but then I don’t know what the story would be about. So I guess that’s my only teensy and extremely slight critique – I wanted more and it’s really just because I’m an incredibly greedy reader.

I have to discuss the title of this book in a non-spoiler way. When I read a story and come across the title within it, which I know is such a hard task, I always get tingly. Always. I seriously paused and put the kindle down so I could relish the moment.

Rec it? YES! YES! YES! For anyone. This story touched my heart and made me smile. Books like this are the reason we read – to get lost in another world, and Without Merit gave me that. What a heartwarming, funny, loving, quirky and silly story. I totally recommend it to anyone and everyone!

Happy reading!

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Don’t miss Colleen on tour for WITHOUT MERIT:

SEATTLE, WA

Monday, October 2nd

THIRD PLACE BOOKS

7:00 PM    

17171 Bothell Way NE

Lake Forest Park, WA  98155

https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/event/colleen-hoover-without-merit

RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/137295906877328/

LOS ANGELES, CA

Tuesday, October 3rd

CHEVALIER’S BOOKS

7:00 PM    

126 N. Larchmont Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA  90004

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-talk-and-signing-with-colleen-hoover-for-her-new-book-without-merit-tickets-37139282594

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KANSAS CITY, KS

Wednesday, October 4th

WOODNEATH LIBRARY CENTER

7:00 PM    

8900 NE Flintlock Rd

Kansas City, MO  64157

http://www.mymcpl.org/events/calendar/story-center-speaker-series-colleen-hoover

RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/174560183089713

CHICAGO, IL

Thursday, October 5th

ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP – LA GRANGE

7:00 PM    

26 S La Grange Rd

La Grange, IL  60525

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RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/264445024062577

CINCINNATI, OH

Friday, October 6th

JOSEPH-BETH BOOKSELLERS

7:00 PM    

2692 Madison Road

Cincinnati, OH  45208

www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3081217

RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/113057092698266

POTTSTOWN, PA

Saturday, October 7th

BOOKS-A-MILLION

6:00 PM    

Coventry Mall

351 W. Schuylkill Road Ste G16

Pottstown, PA  19465

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-colleen-hoover-at-books-a-million-pottstown-pa-tickets-37311651153

RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/352249878530498

NEW YORK, NY

Sunday, October 8th

NEW YORK COMIC CON

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM   

500 West 36th Street

Hudson Mercantile

New York, NY  10018

https://www.showclix.com/event/ColleenHoover5yf6nuy

RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1979991848924145

DALLAS, TX

Tuesday, October 10

SMU BOOKSTORE

7:00 PM    

B&N College

Southern Methodist University Bookstore

3060 Mockingbird Lane

Dallas, TX  75205

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colleen-hoover-book-launch-for-without-merit-tickets-37360492238?ref=elink

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