“Not every mistake deserves a consequence.
Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”


Without Merit, where do I start? I was so hoping to find a purple fence for the review photo (read the book and find out why), but that task could not be completed. I wanted to do this book justice especially because it is written by Colleen Hoover.

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Maybe Not, Ugly Love, Confess, November 9, and It Ends with Us. Colleen has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance twice—for Confess in 2015 and It Ends with Us in 2016. Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. 

During a book signing Q&A I attended, Colleen said the hardest book she’s had to write was It Ends With Us because of the heavy material and how personal it was to her life. So she decided to soften it up this time around with a little YA (Young Adult literature). Let me tell you, she did not disappoint. Then again, it is THE Colleen Hoover, she never disappoints.

The characters in Without Merit were so lovable even when you didn’t want them to be. They show what it means to be human. Nobody is normal. This family is pretty much everything but. In this house there’s an agoraphobic mother, a father married to her former nurse, a little half-brother, and two older siblings who are near perfect. Then there’s Merit. The keeper of secrets, but everyone has a baseline.

Publisher, Atria Books describes Merit: 

“Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antique 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.”

Author Colleen Hoover lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.  In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Visit

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Moriah Voirol
Moriah Voirol