Without Merit: Book Review

“We’re all a degree of fucked-up.”

The Voss family live in the repurposed church, Dollar Voss. The Voss family is far from normal:

A sick mother who lives in the basement. (The ex-wife who suffers from a severe case of agoraphobia)

A father who is now married to her former nurse. (The home-wrecker)

Two elder siblings who get long just fine except that one of them is a teenage girl whose weird obsession borders on necrophilia.

A little half brother who is deprived from doing or eating anything that might be fun.

And then there is Merit Voss who collects trophies she hasn’t won after she’s had an exceptionally shitty day and keeps the family secrets that she is forced to keep.

As the world keeps falling over Merit’s head she is sure that she is now fed up with the lies and the secrets she has to keep until she suffocates. Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of, leaving them all without Merit. When her plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the consequences and the layers of lies that tie her family together. Will she discover the power of forgiveness?


Colleen Hoover did it again, and as usual her newest release is nothing similar to any of her other. She just doesn’t write the same book twice. There isn’t a certain formula to her books except that they are all equally refreshing. This isn’t the kind of book where one chaotic event or plot twist happens and changes everything. It’s the exact contrary. Just the butterfly effect taking place; a result of many smaller events that end up forming a chaotic storm. Yes, this story is a romance, yet there is a plot outside of the romance; a plot that tackles a family and a self discovery.

Merit Voss is quite relatable to a lot of teenagers, and even some adults. It’s hard to find someone who never went through unhealthy familial relationships. There are several significant themes present in this story from the family drama to the mental awareness. If you’re looking for a book that will make you giggle a little, make you close to tears, make you feel heavy and equally light at the same time, Without Merit is the book for you.

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