Colleen Hoover is one of those guilty pleasure authors that I pick up whenever I just need to be completely lost in a story and am not looking for anything too heavy or anything too complex. Pure entertainment value is what I am looking for and, Without Merit, the newest novel by Colleen Hoover certainly delivers.
The novel opens and we meet the Voss family, who is anything but normal. We meet twin sisters, Honor (who is obsessed with dating boys with terminal illnesses) and Merit (who collects trophies anytime anything bad happens to her). They live with their father (Barnaby), their father’s mistress turned baby mama, turned wife (Victoria). Their mother, who is agoraphobic and never leaves the basement. Their brother, Utah, who is hiding several secrets, Honor’s newest boyfriend, Sagan and Victoria’s brother, Luck, who turns up to add another layer to the plot.
It is hard to even pinpoint what this novel is actually about. In typical CoHo style, there is a bit of contemporary romance, some messages about family, suicide, loss, and grief. Many hats are worn during the reading of this novel. Personally, I felt like it read a little bit more like a YA novel then I would have liked. I prefer something a little bit more mature, but regardless of my feelings about that, I cannot deny the completely addicting nature of this book.
I picked it up to read and consumed it in a matter of hours. I couldn’t put it down.
If you are a fan of Colleen Hoover, then this one is a no-brainer. If you are a fan of books that read like YA, then I think you will enjoy this one too!
Thanks to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for a digital copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.
This book was also our first #cjsreads picks for November. Want to see what Chandra and Jessica thought of this one? Keep reading to find out!