Without Merit - Colleen Hoover

Without Merit

By Colleen Hoover

  • Release Date: 2017-10-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 797 Ratings)


From Colleen Hoover, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Starts with Us and It Ends with Us, comes a moving and haunting novel of family, love, and the power of the truth.

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

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.


  • Very slow

    By ambersamusement
    Very slow until the last few chapters. Overall, it was an ok read while traveling. Definitely not my favorite Colleen Hoover book.
  • 2nd Hoover book I’ve read.

    By jaycat96
    This was a pretty good book. There was a lot going on and then I feel like once the climax of the story came it just fell.
  • Mostly family drama

    By dgakamw
    I’m used to Colleen Hoovers love stories but this was more focused on each characters life struggles and how they get through them. Not many love scenes.
  • Definitely one of my favorites!!

    By Intro Goals
    This is the 4th Colleen Hoover book I have read and it was absolutely amazing. There was so many plot-twists that you don’t expect to happen! Loved it!!
  • Without merit

    By ambsmgreg
    Very slow start but she did it again like she always does and made a heart warming, excellent story.
  • Amazing!

    By playingforpizza
    Another amazing book. I truly loved it!!!!!
  • Terrible

    By mohick222
    I could not wait for this book to be OVER!!!
  • Unique

    By Samantha Southerland
    The only thing alike in Colleen Hoovers books are that I can’t put them down. I also can’t let go of the characters. They stay with me long after the last page. Thank you for another unique book that subtlety puts focus on big issues.
  • Was somewhat interesting but slow!

    By DDarby0422
    I have read several of her books. This was not one I would suggest. Slow, boring and the characters were not any I liked. Merit was depressing and boring. I finished but was glad to complete it.
  • Good book

    By Mrz Pete
    The book kept me wanting to know what’s next for this family.