Book Review: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover **SPOILER FREE**

My Rating: ★★★★★

Genre(s): Young adult

Plot: [Copied from Goodreads] 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.


  • This is completely different from anything Colleen’s ever written
  • These characters were each complex in their own ways, making them extremely lifelike
  • This book addresses some pretty important issues that many teens face
  • The message of forgiveness and understanding is really strong
  • That cameo!
  • It was written by Colleen and let’s be real, she could write gibberish on the greasy back of an old takeout paper bag and I would still read it
  • It was a refreshingly different type of read, but it was still so full of feels
  • “Bitch you”
  • She gets me every damn time with these awesome covers
  • This book is considered YA, but it is not an immature book. It is written in a way that young adults AND adults can both relate to and enjoy


  • I’m not sure there are any, to be perfectly honest
  • Okay well maybe Merit was sort of a brat

My Thoughts: Okay. So my spoiler-filled review (if I decide to write one) will obviously be in more detail because I can actually talk about things. I’ll link it here when I write it.

Where do I even start with this book? This is, obviously, quite different from what we normally get from Colleen Hoover. I was honestly just a little hesitant going into this book. I didn’t go in blind, per se, but I read as little about it as I could because I wanted to be surprised. But I was still hesitant. Why change something that works well, right?

So I picked this book up a day early. After reading that Colleen didn’t really care if we bought her books early because she’s already been a bestseller, I drove straight to B&N and waited for them to open and bought it. And started reading in traffic on the way home. Don’t tell my husband.

The journey this book took me on was one that I don’t think I really expected. I laughed, my heartstrings were tugged, I was angry, I was worried. The whole spectrum of emotions ran through me, basically all within the second half of this book. This isn’t just a romantic love story, this is a story about family love, and self love.

And every single character in this book has something that we can love or admire about them. Their personalities are all different. Right down to four year old little Moby. But together they form this great unit of characters that are very fun to read.

This is about as much as I can write without spoiling the book, but honestly I think that this is a book that every parent should go out and buy their teenager. Right now.

Their feelings our valid. All of our feelings are valid. And it’s important to know this.

Quotes [Only listing a few here because I loved the whole book]:

  • “Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”
  • “We’re all a degree of fucked-up.”
  • “Bitch you.”
  • “Your emotions are valid, Merit. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. You’re the only one who feels them.”


Colleen Hoover

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