Anyone who knows me even a little bit, knows that I adore Colleen Hoover’s work. Her books have made me laugh, made me cry, given me anxiety and made me swoon all within a few chapters of each other. Without Merit doesn’t disappoint in any of these areas! She does it again my friends! While it has all the characteristics I love about a Colleen Hoover read, it is a very unique story and stands out on it’s own as well. It’s real, it’s relatable, it hurts and it heals. I love that Colleen Hoover isn’t afraid to go to these places that cut deep to your soul.

This is one of those books that you don’t want to give too much away in a review, but you trust that because Colleen Hoover wrote this book, you can dive in and know that it’s going to be worth the read! Trust me on that! I also love that this books is a tad more YA than her last few releases. It feels very similar to “Hopeless” in tone but not in story. So because of that, I would recommend everyone to read this book. Perfect for an older teen and up!

Colleen chose to bring mental health awareness into this book, which is a cause that is deeply close to my heart. I love a book that can reach me on that level, and hopefully everyone that reads it will come away with a different perspective then they might have gone into the book with! Tough subjects are addressed such as domestic abuse, depression and suicide but she handles it in such a tactful manner.

One thing I can always count on with Colleen’s books is that she knows how to write a swoon worthy book boyfriend. Every time I read a COHO book I think “Oh HE’S Def my new favorite”. Then a new book comes out… and I say it again. This one is no different. Thank you Colleen for making me fall head over heels for your characters! 


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.

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Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, Confess, November 9, and It Ends with Us. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance twice – for Confess in 2015 and It Ends with Usin 2016. Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit





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