Author: Colleen Hoover
Title: Without Merit
Publisher + date: October 3rd 2017 by Atria Books
genre: NA, Romance, Mental health
“Tuqburni is used to describe the all-encompassing feeling of not being able to live without someone. Which is why the literal translation is, ‘You bury me.”
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.
What I think of it
I heard many mixed opinions about this book but I have to say that I absolutely loved it. Colleen her books (like It ends with us and Too late) are moving more towards the darker subjects. This one handles abuse, mental illness, homosexuality, suicide and the refugee crisis.. Which I think Colleen has handled very well and realistic.
I really liked how unique Merit actually is, a young girl collecting trophies she didn’t even win, says enough right? But my favorite character must be Luck, I won’t say why but read the book and you’ll know right away, he’s a bit of a dick first but you’ll learn to love him.
I really recommend this book but do know it handles hard and real subjects, some parts are actually really sad and I proper cried. But it’s totally worth it.