Without Merit - Colleen Hoover

Without Merit

By Colleen Hoover

  • Release Date: 2017-10-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 1,148 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.


  • Loved this

    By Halo1949023
    Without Merit was a wonderful read. Colleen did such an amazing job on each character within the book and shined a great light on sexuality, depression, and mental health. I would definitely recommend this to a friend in need. I especially loved the ending when they revealed her tattoo. Without Merit had me laughing out loud, crying, and filled with anticipation with every page turn.
  • Without Merit

    By Latrice06
    I love this book! It was exciting and exhilarating and kept me on my toes! I loved the love story as well!
  • My favorite! 20/10

    By k_huffff
    By far my favorite book of hers! I love all of her books but this one specifically i could not put down i had finished it in a day. Such an amazing writer!
  • emotional

    By shirley salanoa
    i can’t even remember how many times i cried while reading. the ending is so beautiful.
  • The life of the story

    By Kountry Loving
    Without Merit took me for a ride. It made me think of times in my own life. It is a heart puller and keeps you intrigued. It made me sad at points but the biggest thing is seeing perspective! Ask your self do you see things only from your perspective or others as well.
  • “with merit”

    By ida newman
    amazing book i love all of her books! they are all just so freaking amazing !!
  • I loved this book <3

    By From parents to the coaches
    The depth of this book and awareness it brings to mental illness. Hope <3 Perspective and communication! This book was exactly what I needed today.
  • Dysfunctional family read

    By HBEES0609
    This book took me a bit longer to get into. Once the story started getting good I couldn’t put the book down. Now I wish their was more to Merits and Sagans relationship.
  • Disappointed

    By anonymousphx32
    I am a huge colleen hoover fan and this book just didn't do it for me.
  • 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.