Without Merit - Colleen Hoover

Without Merit

By Colleen Hoover

  • Release Date: 2017-10-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 585 Ratings)


From Colleen Hoover, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 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.


  • 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.
  • Breathtaking

    By jamespotteristhebest
    This book got me out of a reading slump. I could not put it down , I’m fact I read it in one sitting. Definitely one of Colleens best books.
  • Least favorite

    By AshPre08
    This book wasn’t bad but it’s the 5th book of hers that I’ve read & my least favorite. Had to push through.
  • Another favorite from Colleen

    By Payton_Z
    The beginning of this book was harder for me to get into that most of Colleen Hoover’s other books. But the ending was so worth it! If you find yourself having to push through the beginning and want to give up, don’t you’ll love it in the end!
  • Depressing

    By rayktay
    I couldn’t finish because it was just too depressing. The whole family is crazy and Merit is hard to like.
  • Everbody matters...take notice of the people around you

    By Annmric8
    In Without Merit, the Voss Family was full of interesting and flawed characters. Their family life was busy with people coming and going. It was easy to forget someone’s schedule or routine with how busy everyone was. Merit was a spontaneous character and the keeper of family secrets. Merit struggled with her identity having been an identical twin who constantly compared herself with Honor. Merit felt isolated, alone, and often times ignored in her busy family, but that was her perception. I knew Colleen had a fantastic sense of humor. In fact, I’m envious of that sense of humor because it makes me want to be near her in case her sense of humor is contagious. I could use some of that humor in my life. Colleen’s rebuttals for accusations was drawn from both sides allowing issues to be discussed from both perspectives. Without Merit included a wild bunch of characters that were oddly fascinating. I felt compelled to turn each page eager for more words. I loved the oddity of these characters especially Merit’s character. Her insecurities about herself were warranted and noted. The dynamics of these characters was entertaining. With themes of trust, perspective, honesty, and perception, Without Merit successfully illustrated the different dynamics in this household. Without Merit focused on many important elements. Together all characters played an intricate part of sharing this story. Each character had an issue that was special and unique to them.