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.
Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.
Without Merit took me by surprise. I fully expected it to be a great book just like every other Colleen Hoover novel I've read. Ever since this book came out I've been told how its a great story about a unique family. And there is A LOT of unique things about the Voss family. Their names for one. They live in a church. One of them collects old trophies. And that's just to name a few of the things that make the Voss family unique.
Without Merit is a fun one of a kind coming of age story, but it's so much more than just a fun young adult story about a quirky family.
It's about how we shouldn't judge people's actions without knowing their true motives. It's about the effects and importance of mental health. It's about the dangers of secrets and keeping our feelings bottled up. It's about the importance of communicating with and understanding those around us. It's about how sometimes we are so focused on our judgements and living in our own reality that we have no clue that the villains in our reality aren't villains. They are simply human beings struggling with their own experiences and realities.
As with every Colleen Hoover book, there were SO MANY AMAZING QUOTES! I limited it to 6 for this post, but you can see the rest of my favorites HERE.
"Because I'd give anything for him to look at me the way he looked at me when he thought I was Honor."
"Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness."
"I've lived here less than a week and I can already tell you live in your own version of reality."
“Forget about time, Merit. Look at him and tell me you haven’t fallen in love with him.”
I sigh. Fallen is an understatement. It was more like collapsed. Plummeted. Crumpled at his feet. Anything but fallen”
“Don’t make your presence known. Make your absence felt.”
"I used to feel like I was on top of the world. Then one day, I noticed that it felt like I was no longer on top of the world. I was just floating around inside of it. And then eventually, it felt like the world was on top of me."
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