Review: Without Merit – Colleen Hoover

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Title: Without Merit
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Family
Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★
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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.
Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.

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Today’s review (finally i’m posting one) is of an author I respect and love SO so much. Colleen freaking Hoover.
It has been such a while since I’ve last read any of her books. MISSED IT.

Without Merit is a Fresh novel, refreshing yet heartwealming…it got me into an emotional rollercoaster and I LOVE IT!!!
It’s different from Colleen’s usual style. Different in a GREAT way. (Okay, did I give away I’m a sucker for Colleen Hoover’s work yet? Did it work? I sure hope so 😂 )

This book is about depression; the heavy truth about mental health, which is super important. I’ve given this book 5 stars, but if i could, i’d give it 20 out of 10.

 

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“I found out that depression doesn’t necessarily mean a person is miserable or suicidal all the time. Indifference is also a sign of depression.”

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Merit and her family are strange, She’s an unusual girl, living an unusual life among unusual people. Let that sink in.
She collects trophies she didnt win as a hobby of hers. She has two brothers and twin sister that althought they’re identical twins, they’re nothing alike in terms of personality.  Reading the novel we get to know Merit’s struggles and feelings when compared to her siblings.

I like the fact that Colleen included/mentioned so many topics in this novel. Don’t get me started on how thriller I was when Sagan (A character who’s wise for his age, with the ability to see things from more than one perspective) mentioned he’s majoring in Arabic, and spoke it (even if it was just one word)!!!! As a native Arabic speaker it makes me SO HAPPY! I also felt grateful as Colleen shed light on the Arab spring, as well as the refugee crisis.
At one point, I somewhat did connect with Merit…let’s say we both had a similar experience. Which made me understand how she felt and what she thought at certain scenes.
The story is told through the eyes of Merit, it’s interesting yet unpredictable, amusing and emotional with a beautiful minor touch of romance, but let me tell y’all…it end with a message (or should I say a lesson) hard to forget.. yes, THAT important!!

 

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“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.”

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If you need a different read, a quirky one that’ll get you laugh one second, and shake your head in the next one, then without a doubt Without Merit is the book for you. Share it and discuss it with people you know

 

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

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Have a great read!
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Quick needed update

Hello lovelies, how are you all doing? How’s life and how’s your reading doing?

As you, who follow me, know that I once upon a time, used to post like crazy everyday…that took its toll on me and i ended up with a burn-out and somehow felt like “disliking” blogging as i saw it somethinng obligatory when it was not. THEN, i took a break ( a long one in fact; i got an aweful reading slump).

A few days ago, i had this thought screaming at me: ” ENOUGH is enough! this has got to stop and you need to get yourself together, find a suitable schedule and start posting again”


Why not? I think posting twice a week would be good, no? Since I’ll have enough time for life, reading, catching up with TV shows and movies, and of course the gym!!

Sooooo, it’ll be like this: Wednesday and Saturday

 

ALSO, i’m not very satisfied with my blog design…i just can’t feel it 😦
I’m not so good with designing and making graphics… if anything, I’m the WORST!! A hopeless case, i’m teling y’all (not ashamed in telling the truth lol)
Not sure how to deal with that..so, yeah lol

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Anyways, is there any new articles you’d want me to include (aside from my reviews)? Is there anything new AT ALL you’d like to see on this blog?
Comment below and let me know, your opinion matters to me 🙂

 

Lilly

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Major Issue

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Hello everyone,

How are you all doing? Hopefully everything’s alright

 

As y’all have noticed, I haven’t had the chance to post as often as I used to before…wonder why?
All thanks goes to my major reading slump -_-

It has been weeks now that I’m in no mood/desire to hold a book and read.
Whenever I force myself to, i just have this bothersome feeling, can’t focus with the words and i end up quitting the book.
This issue has left me with worries..it’s not funny at all because I love reading a lot…it feels like a death sentence..taking a break from life itself.

 

I’ve tries reading short stories, other genres…any other solution I could find out there on the internet but to no avail.

I’ve decided to take a break for god knows how long. I don’t want to keep on forcing myself causing more damage than there already is.

 

Hope you all can understand and whoever got some suggestions or went through the same thing, tell me what did you do and how did you overcome it

 

Have a nice day

Lilly
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Blogging Break

Hello Everyone, how are you doing? Hope everyone is doing fine.
As anyone else, we have a life outside the blogging community that can be pretty hectic.

Life has caught up with me, having plenty of stuff to do and finish (alongside with reading THOUSAND of books sitting on my TBR list). Therefore, I’m taking a tiny break (probably two weeks or so) just until I’m done with what I’ve got going on.

It didn’t feel right to make scheduled​ posts (mainly because I’m lazy just like that..😅) but I’ll definitely stay around and take a sneak peek whenever I can, commenting and responding to comments.

What are your plans/reading this week?

Have a good time.

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