on October 3rd 2017
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“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”
I started me love affair with Colleen Hoover books after reading “It Ends with us”. I then went on to binge read several of her other books and have “November 9”, “It Ends with us” and now “Without Merit” as my top 3 favorite books by her.
The Voss Family is a very unique and dysfunctional family. Merit Voss collects trophies and family secrets. The collecting of trophies is voluntary – the family secrets not so much. Merit is a unique and melancholy girl. She is also the complete opposite of her twin sister who appears to be obsessed with death and dying after a boyfriend became ill and passed away.
Top that off with living in a former church. Her Mother lives in the basement while her father and his new wife (his ex-wife’s former nurse) lives upstairs with the kids in the family. Sounds messy, right? Well, it is messy.
While looking through a thrift store one day, she meets Sagen who kisses her passionately outside and then later reveals he mistook her for someone else. Yup, messy. Making matters worse, Merit really likes him, he is witty, charming and interesting but doesn’t appear to be available. Just when it can’t get worse, it appears he has moved into her home and she can’t escape him or her feelings. Bring on the teen angst.
So, what is there to like about such a messy book? Everything! I love how Hoover can take a plot which entails a man living in the same home as his ex-wife and current wife, his children and his child from his second wife and have it be so readable and endearing. People do stupid things in this book, they make mistakes, they act before knowing the full truth, they make assumptions, they are flawed and feel incredibly real.
This book touches on issues such as infidelity, mental health issues, death, loss, illness, suicide, sexuality, family secrets, and forgiveness. It is also about being your own person, accepting your faults (and those of others), moving forward and self-acceptance. There is a lot going on in this book and it could easily seem like too much but for some reason it all seems to gel. This book is at times funny, sad, heart breaking, and entertaining. There are also a couple of twist and turns in the plot to keep things interesting.
Another great one by Hoover!