Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Title: Without Merit

Author: Colleen Hoover

Date of Publication: October 3, 2017

Synopsis

In Colleen Hoover’s gripping novel, reminiscent of the bestselling works of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes, a young woman decides to reveal the dark secrets of her seemingly-happy family before she leaves them behind, but when her escape plan fails, she must deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth.

Christina’s 5 Star Review

Without Merit is unlike any other CoHo book I’ve experienced thus far. The gravity of the subject matter is felt from the very first page. I don’t want to say that Hoover’s past books are hearts, flowers, and fluffiness because they’re not, but Without Merit tackles a very real problem that is stigmatized more often than not and how differently people manage it. The book carries a sense of sadness throughout, yet hints at a cathartic ending.

Without spoilers, Merit is a high school senior simply drifting through life. As she admits at one point, her family comes with baggage. One day while ditching school, she meets Sagan, a stranger who also is drifting. Fueled by apathy (yes, I think that is the best way to explain it), the two strike up a friendship/romance. Merit’s family is…unique. Her parents are quirky but absent and she and her siblings pretty much fend for themselves, while holding secrets from each other that can rip the family apart. Sagan helps Merit find her footing, not only with her place in her family, but her place in life in general.

I enjoyed the book not just because I’m a fan of Hoover’s but because of the subject matter itself. Mental health is a hot button issue right now, however it is rare that we really talk about it at the teen level. Hoover helps the reader understand why that is important as Merit works through her personal relationships. I’d say the book is pretty solidly YA, which I’m not normally a fan of, but I did like this book a lot and would definitely let my teen daughter pick it up.

 

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About The Author

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Colleen Hoover is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including the #1 bestseller, Hopeless. She lives in Texas with her husband and three children. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a book subscription service which donates 100% of its proceeds to charity. She also owns The Bookworm Box, a specialty bookstore located in Sulphur Springs, Tx.

Mrs. Hoover’s highly anticipated novel, It Ends With Us, releases August 2nd, 2016 and is currently available for preorder.

Her novel, Ugly Love (2014), has been optioned for film by Hackybox Pictures and is slated to begin filming in 2016, starring Nick Bateman.

You can follow Colleen on her very active Facebook page at www.facebook.com/authorcolleenhoover and on Instagram and Twitter @colleenhoover
For tour dates or more information, please visit www.colleenhoover.com.

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