Why One Shouldn’t Go Without “Without Merit”

I’ve always been a fan of Colleen Hoover ever since I first read, Slammed. She always seems to have that magic touch that pulls you into a story and doesn’t let you go until the last word. So year-after-year, I wait for her next book and get excited to see what she has next off her sleeve. Her latest book, Without Merit, came out early October and of course, I got it and read it in a day. Here are my top six reasons for why you have to read this novel right now.

1. Colleen Hoover

If you’ve read any of her books before (and you really should if you haven’t) then you know how utterly heart-evoking and gut-wrenching and hilarious her novels are. You can’t help but love every single word she writes. I want her to write my eulogy when I die, she’s THAT good.

2. Highlights Depression

I love books that incorporate real-life scenarios and that talk about taboo subjects such as mental health. Hoover does a great job incorporating it into the story in a realistic way without romanticizing it.

3. Not everything is the way that it seems.

We see all sorts of people every day and the minute we see them we judge them based on what we’ve heard or what we see. Without Merit dashes that and proves that there are more to people than our own evaluations.

4. The Quotes

Here are just a few of my favorites:

 “I like you enough to kiss you. Believe me. But I just wish you could like yourself
as much as I like you.”

“It annoys me when people try to convince other people that their anger or stress isn’t warranted if someone else in the world is worse off than them. It’s bullsh**. Your emotions and reactions are valid, Merit. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.”

“If silence were a river, your tongue would be the boat.” 

“So many people dream of living in a house with a white picket fence. Little do they know, there’s no such thing as a perfect family, no matter how white the picket fence is.” 

5. The Names

Colleen has a talent with her character names. I’ve found names I want to name my future children just from reading her books. She finds the unique names and goes with it. Here are the fun names in Without Merit:

  • Merit
  • Honor
  • Sagan
  • Utah
  • Luck

6. The Story (duh)

This story is relatable to anyone who deals with depression and any other type of mental illness. Heck, I feel like any college student would be able to relate to even a part of it at most. Colleen Hoover never writes the same book twice and the same goes for this one.

I read this book within a day and Merit’s story will follow me for a while (like many of Colleen’s books). I recommend any of her books, any day, and this beauty will be no different.

Buy it here.

About the Author:

Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including the #1 bestseller, Hopeless. She lives in Texas with her husband and three children. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a book subscription service which donates 100% of its proceeds to charity. She also owns The Bookworm Box, a specialty bookstore located in Sulphur Springs, Tx.

Her novel, Confess, the Goodreads Choice Award winner for Best Romance is now available as a show on Go90.com, starring Katie Leclerc and Ryan Cooper.

You can follow Colleen on her very active Facebook page and on Instagram and Twitter.

For tour dates or more information, please visit www.colleenhoover.com