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{Review} Without Merit by Colleen Hoover


33361210Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Paperback, 359 pages

Published October 3rd 2017 by Atria Books

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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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.

~Review~

“I don’t matter here, either. If I dropped out of life, just like I dropped out of school, everyone’s lives would go on.
With or without Merit.”

Colleen Hoover is one of best authors I’ve ever read and her books are always sitting at the top of my recommendations lists for every kind of reader! Colleen Hoover is without a doubt, my favorite author. I haven’t read a book from her that I didn’t love, that I didn’t stay up until 2am so I could finish it, and Without Merit is no exception. I read the whole book in one sitting and I couldn’t put it down.

“So many secrets in this house. And yet, the one secret I should have told years ago is the one I’ve kept the quietest.”

The first part of this book was so unusual. So different. So unpredictable. I had no idea where the story was headed. Without Merit is nothing like her previous books that I have read. I would not classify this book as a romance at all (I mean maybe a little here and there). This to me would be a story about self discovery and finding your place in the world. This story is real, raw, beautiful, and painful at times. Hoover will steal your heart with this one. It’s a slow building, slow burning story that eventually takes you completely by surprise. The most important thing to keep in mind when reading this book is that perspective changes everything. The story doesn’t tell, it shows you. It’s real, raw, and painful. And yet also deeply heart-warming and healing. It conveys a powerful message that tackles tough subjects with grace. It’s relevant and relatable. It’s a book I’d want to give to every teen, but at the same time I believe everyone would enjoy it. The story takes you right into the dark, but also brings you back and leaves you smiling. 

“I’m not even sure home is a word that can be used to describe where I live. It’s just a house filled with people who are counting down the days until they don’t have to live with each other anymore.” 

Merit is a very unusual narrator. She comes from a very interesting and dysfunctional family. Merit is a very unique and refreshing character. She is struggling with sadness and trying to fill a “void” that she can’t figure out. Merit is a character that is very relatable to many of us. We all struggle with hard times, we have crazy and dysfunctional family members that we want to punch in the face at times, and live with the general ups/downs of life.

Merit is the keeper of secrets in the Voss household. A huge theme that enfolds in this novel is perspective. All of the members in this household each had a secret of their own that Merit has kept. But, sometimes secrets aren’t always what they seem right? Perspective changes everything in this novel.

“I have Utah’s secret.
I have my father’s secret.
My mother’s secret.
Honor’s secret.
Luck’s secret.
I don’t want any of them anymore!
Maybe if I let all the secrets out, they wouldn’t make me feel like drowning anymore.”

The plot was so well written and thought out. There wasn’t any crazy action or over dramatic schemes. It certainly was not boring either.

Without Merit is a powerful read. It’s a slow build that didn’t really keep my heart racing as I read, but I believe that was intentional. I don’t think it was meant to be an angsty style of read. I think it was meant to be more of a fictionalized reflection of something closer to real life. 

This is an eye opener that holds such powerful messages about love, depression, grief, and sexuality. This is a strong and stellar read that I want to recommend to everyone but I kind of feel not everyone will like it. As I said before, it is very different from other Coho books. It deals with some heavier/ difficult topics.

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

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Colleen Hoover~Author Bio~

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retread, This Girl, Hopeless, Loosing Hope, Fining Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Maybe Not, Ugly Love, Confess, November 9, and It Ends with Us. Colleen has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance twice-for Confess in 2015 and It Ends With Us in 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.

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Happy Reading!

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Teaser Tuesday (#54)


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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by So Many Books So Little Time. Anyone can do it.  All you have to do is: (1): Grab your current read. (2): Open it to a random page. (3): Share 1 or 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.  BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! (4): Make sure you also mention the author and title.

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Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
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“I think we all just got to a point where we were waiting for someone else to initiate it, but no one ever did. Maybe that’s the root of a lot of family issues. It isn’t actually the issues people are hung up about for so long. It’s that no one has the courage to take the first step in talking about the issues.”

#2:

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

#3:

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.”

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Posted by on January 23, 2018 in Teaser Tuesday

 

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{Review} Confess by Colleen Hoover


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Confess by Colleen Hoover

Paperback, 306 pages

Published March 10th 2015 by Atria Books

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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~Description~

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

~Review~

I don’t even know where to start. Confess is definitely one of favorite Colleen Hoover books since I’ve started reading her work. This one is right up there with her Slammed series,  Hopeless series and It Ends With Us. Everything about Confess was so intense. I was pulled in from start to finish. The characters and plot were well-constructed, and the writing, as always, was dead-on.

Auburn Reed has had an average life and you can definitely say things haven’t went according to plan. Auburn is a very resilient character and she isn’t going down without a fight. Auburn is desperate for a second job when stopping in front of a studio covered in anonymous people’s confession she never thought things would turn out the way they do. She gets offered a job by Owen Gentry, an artist looking for an assistant for his showBoth Auburn and Owen are perfectly written characters. Always revealing the perfect amount of themselves at the perfect time, always giving banter at the right moments, and always pulling out all the romantic stops at the right time.

Owen like most artist is eccentric and all over the place, but when he sees Auburn his life comes into focus. This isn’t a case of insta-love, it more about things lining up. He can see the life he wants to have, the life he deserves to have. However, he is also keeping a secret and it could destroy any chances he could ever have with Auburn.

At the beginning you read that all the confessions shared in the story are real anonymous confessions shared by readers. So while I read this story my heart broke for these anonymous people who shared a piece of themselves. Anonymous or not it is such a brave act to give a piece of yourself away, but more importantly to admit your feelings.

I read this book as slowly as I could to prolong the experience. The story was completely unpredictable. Most books give you a vague idea of the direction they’re heading in but not Confess. I read each page with no idea what would happen next and I honestly loved that about it. I have such complete trust in Colleen Hoover’s writing that I never once doubted that she would take the story exactly wherever it needed to go. So I just sat back and enjoyed the ride!

I cannot recommend this book enough. It has so much heart and soul, and the story is beautifully delivered. I highly recommend it!

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Colleen Hoover~Author Bio~

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retread, This Girl, Hopeless, Loosing Hope, Fining Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Maybe Not, Ugly Love, Confess, November 9, and It Ends with Us. Colleen has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance twice-for Confess in 2015 and It Ends With Us in 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.

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Happy Reading!

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{Review} It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover


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It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Paperback 376 pages

Published August 2nd 2016 by

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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~Description~

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.

~Review~

Wow this book. What an emotional journey. This was one of the hardest and most raw books I’ve ever read. It was so real and riveting. I couldn’t get enough of it. I couldn’t stop reading yet I didn’t want to keep reading. Such a different experience. Reading a Colleen Hoover book is like going through an eye opening journey and this one was no different and was one of the hardest but most worthwhile to battle through. This is an extremely powerful story and it’s not what most people will be expecting. It gets its power from the singular first person narrative and we experience everything through Lily’s eyes. When she falls in love, we fall in love; when her heart is broken, our heart is broken; when she gets it all wrong, so do we.

I cannot stress how important and damn smart this book is. There is no black and white characterization – it’s much deeper and more complex than that, and therefore, far more emotional. It peels back the layers of characters and relationships to do something that so many other authors have tried and failed to do – to make you understand a situation that for most people makes no sense. It’s very sad, painful and exceptionally honest. My heart hurt while reading it and I almost cried several times.

The way that Colleen Hoover writes puts you right in the situation that Lily is in head first and makes you fall in love with both Ryle and Atlas. And it’s so twisted because of the kind of guy one of them turns out to be. In between this passionate love story that’s going on with Ryle and Lily we get these sweet innocent flashbacks of a life with a sixteen year old Lily and Atlas. Atlas who is this homeless boy who finds hope and a home in Lily. And Lily who is living a nightmare of home life and seeks comfort in him. Those stories were my favorite.

So perfect! I loved these characters, loved their history and their flaws and strengths. And the ending…..I have no words. Beautiful and bittersweet in the same breath. This novel is why CoHo is my favorite author. She tells stories in such a way that it makes you fell every emotion.  I highly recommend it!

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Colleen Hoover~Author Bio~

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retread, This Girl, Hopeless, Loosing Hope, Fining Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Maybe Not, Ugly Love, Confess, November 9, and It Ends with Us. Colleen has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance twice-for Confess in 2015 and It Ends With Us in 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.

Twitter |Website | Goodreads

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