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Monday, October 2, 2017

REVIEW: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover @atriabooks @colleenhoover

Without Merit
by Colleen Hoover
Atria Books

🔥 Publishing 10/3/17 🔥

Synopsis from Goodreads:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends With Us and November 9 comes a moving and haunting novel of family, love, and the power of the truth.

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.

My Review:

Well well well.. what have we here??? I have avoided Colleen Hoover for AGES. I keep hearing she's wonderful. I keep hearing I HAVE to read her books. I read ONE (well technically three, since there were three separate parts) book of hers that she did a collaboration with and it was just OK. I have a couple of her books on my shelf and on my Kindle but SOMETHING kept me from opening page one of any of them. Why? Why did I wait so long? This book is fantastic. And at the expense of not sounding like my age, IT GAVE ME ALL THE FEELS.

How do you write a review about this without giving away any spoilers? Well, I'm going to do my best so read on with no worries. Merit is a high school drop out who lives in a house with a dysfunctional family. Her father, his new wife, his ex-wife, her twin sister, her twin sister's boyfriend and her brother. Did you catch all that? As the synopsis states, she reveals some dark secrets that have been plaguing her for quite some time before leaving her family behind. Things, as usual, never go according to plan and now she has to deal with the repercussions. 

Look, I expected pure romance from this book as that is what I have heard a lot about this Hoover woman. What I got was a book told through the eyes of Merit. A teenager dealing with always feeling like an outsider, even in her own family, and not feeling wanted by anyone. She struggles daily with not caring to not caring about not caring until she ultimately explodes. Hoover brings mental health, depression, suicide and teen angst to the forefront and does it in a humorous and loving way. I had some laugh out loud moments, some moments where my eyes threatened to leak and then feeling my black heart swell a bit as we realize everyone is human. No one is perfect and we all struggle with things. Some just deal with things differently than others. Ultimately we have a story about family - dysfunctional maybe, but one where love prevails. Dammit, Hoover, now I'm going to have to read your other books. Sigh..... And by the way guys, her dedication and acknowledgements are just as cute as she is. I've been sucked in by this Hoover. Done. 💗


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