A captivating and poignant story delving into the complexities of living in a house filled with turmoil, secrets, and mental illness, and the vulnerability it takes to lean on those we love in times of need. Sure to please a plethora of readers.
November 9 is yet another breathtaking novel by Colleen Hoover that's full of blushing, gushing, and heartache. I loved every page and breathed in every beautiful word. If you haven't read November 9 yet, then, apologies to your busy schedule, but you're going to have to put everything down and spend the next day devouring it. I dare you not to fall in love with Ben and Fallon. Colleen Hoover reminds readers that love is a fragile thing, built from courage, hope, and tears.
Every person with a heartbeat should read this book. It Ends with Us isn't an ordinary love story. It will break your heart while filling you with hope,and by the end of this gripping, pulse-pounding novel, you'll be smiling through your tears. It Ends with Us tackles [a] difficult subject…with romantic tenderness and emotional heft.
The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author's note at the end that explains Hoover's personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read. Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors.
See full terms and conditions and this month's choices. Colleen Hoover. I couldn't put it down. What a glorious and touching read, a forever keeper. When not reading and writing book reviews, she likes to drink wine in her jammies and pretend that she exercises. Like Liked by 1 person. This sounds so good! I have a lot of respect for an author coming out with something totally at odds with their back catalogue. Like Like. I heard it features Domestic Abuse but does it also have a hint of romance with a new character perhaps or a happy ending?
I really want to read this one too, I adore the cover. I am really happy to see 5 stars and that you liked it!!! Wonderful review. Definitely adding it to my TBR right now. Wonderful review! Fingers crossed! Great review, Chelsea! Awesome review! Reblogged this on Angie Dokos.
Fantastic review! I love her books so much, especially after It Ends With Us, which still just has a big piece of my heart! I know this will be amazing! Teaching in a college environment I see more and more students dealing with mental health issues than before. Oh thank you so much for sharing all of this Steph!
I too have battled anxiety and depression for years and was so pleased to read this. You are most definitely welcome! This is something so important to me. There is such a stigma still surrounding it even though it is , and I think, like you said, that the more we normalize mental health the more people will reach out for help.
It will be so great to see that stigma disappear. I think when people are not afraid to talk about their experiences and struggles with it that it also helps to break that stigma and even may help others who are struggling to ask for help. Who knows who might be struggling and need to talk about it? You just really never know. It took all my willpower not to read everything but I want it all to be new Haha I completely understand!
I know how hard it is to review her books, you wanna shout from the rooftops about how amazing it is but no spoilers. You did great!! You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Skip to content. Ugly Love is slated to begin filming in late Like this: Like Loading SO jealous!!
I hope you enjoy it as well! Oh hun you need to read it! It has a happy ending and no one dies at the end! Thank you for clarifying that for me! Definitely will pick it up sooner now! Thanks Yvo!! I definitely understand that my dear! Yay Diana! Thank you! Excellent review! Thanks Dee!
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I saw her perform complex calculations without the computer. It would have been, even without the environmental constraint, but the environmental constraint just makes it so much greater. And you look good without the crack pipe. Mennad signed that document without even reading it. Christopher medal, he never traveled anywhere without it. How do you eat like that without gaining weight? You can't have a relationship without any fights, but you can make your relationship worth the fight.
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This couple also finds that having regular nights without television gives the entire family an opportunity to do some quiet reading. I loved that Colleen surprised me with this one. Everything is not how it seems when it comes to these characters and this family.
People are redeemable. Forgiveness is key. There are so many important themes and great points made in this story. Without Merit is a book that hooked me from the first page. I loved the family drama, the surprises, and the topics that Hoover brought to light. There were so many fantastic characters in this book! Make your absence felt. View all 37 comments. It was supposed to be better. Just like many other Colleen Hoover books, there is an important message written in the words.
Colleen Hoover is the best of the best when it comes to writing. I have read loads and loads of books so I know a good author when I see one. I expected her to show up and show out with her new book. She showed up but she did not show out. I really thought after a long break in between her books that she was going to come out HOT! It happens. Without Merit started out very well, I was hooked by the end of chapter one — there was already drama. I love me some good old story time drama.
I found Merit personality intriguing — at first. My family drama growing up was a crazy dysfunctional mess, her family just had too many secrets and once they were exposed everything got better within a week or maybe it was five days.
It played out more as a misunderstanding than a dysfunctional family. There are some deep rooted issues in this book from depressions, to sexual identity, to cheating, to family roles, to alcohol and drug abuse. Somewhere in the story the mark was mixed. Nothing was really resolved. There was only a bandage put on top of everything that would eventually fall off.
Follow all things messy. View all 49 comments. Aug 04, Aestas Book Blog rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. So many secrets in this house. 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! Her books are absorbing, her characters are endearing, and each new story she writes is unique, relatable, and thought provoking.
She has a very distinctive writing style that I absolutely love, I also respect and admi So many secrets in this house. She has a very distinctive writing style that I absolutely love, I also respect and admire her as a person -- the charity she has started is incredible, and each time she announces a new book, I count down the days until I'm able to read it.
Without Merit is unlike anything she's written before. She returned to her YA roots with this one -- more in the vein of Slammed and Hopeless -- and yet this story is still very different even than those. 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.
Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix. Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth. Other than the blurb, I don't really want to post too much about what the story is about. Colleen Hoover is one of the authors who has fully gained my trust over the years and for me just knowing that she wrote the book is enough to make me feel confident diving into the story blind.
I would strongly encourage you to do the same. Without Merit is a quietly 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. Sometimes the things that influence a person's choices the most come quietly. This isn't the type of story where one huge, cataclysmic event changes everything.
It's the opposite. It's a butterfly effect times ten. It's the result of many smaller events that all together build a storm. The first chapter really sets the tone for the whole book. You're introduced to Merit's character -- her hopes and frustrations, and then there's this one moment where you suddenly realize that nothing is as it seems.
When you think about 'child neglect', your mind often jumps to extreme - abusive - cases. But it can manifest in so many ways. Sometimes a simple lack of attention can be enough to make a child feel so invisible that they lose their sense of self-worth. With or without Merit. This story has many layers to it and they build. Like I said, it's the butterfly effect many times over. The writing is brilliant.
And it builds so quietly that you don't even notice that a storm is brewing until the moment where everything just explodes. You'll keep coming back to that theme throughout the book. And when you're finished it, you'll look back and just realize how much perspective matters. The Voss Family was brimming with secrets. But the thing with secrets is that they aren't always what they seem. Sometimes the villain isn't the bad guy. The story shows you every detail. It doesn't tell you what to think.
It makes you draw your own conclusions. Without meaning to, you can't even help but judge situations. But then it shows you this one missing piece that makes you realize how wrong you were. It's very cleverly written and eye opening. You need to fall in love with yourself first. I don't want to spoil anything but if you've been a longtime fan of this author and follow her, you'll get a serious kick out of that scene :D As I said, this book is unlike anything else Colleen Hoover has written.
It's a new direction for her and, like all her other books, it's a strong and stellar read I whole-heartedly recommend. If I had to describe it, I'd say it's very much like It Ends With Us in feeling , but instead this book is targeted at the teen age range rather than adult. But again, I do believe this is a book that everyone will enjoy!
It's easily one of my favorite books of the year! Rating: 4. Mature YA Standalone. Oct 05, Hulya Kara Yuksel rated it liked it. Like maybe similar to her other YA books Hopeless or maybe November9 type of story but still this book was really interesting to read and there were a lot of things to think And in the end I liked this book. I hope you give it a chance, who knows maybe you'd love it more th -3,5 stars- Well, it's not one of my favorite CoHo book but still I enjoyed it I hope you give it a chance, who knows maybe you'd love it more than I did.
View all 35 comments. It is the first time I see that in the same book be treaten so many problems and psychological and psychiatric diseases. It's too much. Or as a friend of mine says "a lot with too much". As this is a book of the genre YA of course Merit Voss is seventeen years old is it so difficult to innovate and change even this?
She has an identical twin sister and has two brothers, one older than her and another small one from her father's new marriage. Before they lived next to the church, but because his father was annoyed that the shepherd's dog barked a lot, when he had the opportunity to buy it, he bought it. They now live in the Reformed church and despite being an atheist they left the giant Jesus Christ statue in one of the corridors.
Merit says she lives in a house and not in a home. And this is correct. They live together in this madhouse, but no one, and especially the adults, are looking after the children. They are only seen at dinner and it is not a pleasant meeting. On the contrary, it is the ideal time to claim one another. The best kiss of her life. The problem is that he's her twin sister's boyfriend. The plot so far not bad, but later Merit finds out that Honor has moved her boyfriend Sagan to the house and that complicates everything.
Spoilers alert: They live in the church-house: Barnaby Voss father of the clan, an atheist who thanks God at times, has relations with the two Victorias Victoria ex-wife who suffers from agoraphobia, lives in the basement, supposed cancer survivor Victoria new wife, former nurse of the former wife Utah older brother, gay Honor only has sick boyfriends about to die Merit depressive, suicidal, inferiority complex Moby 4 years, celiac Sagan he has not spoken to his Syrian parents in seven years, Merit's love interest Luck brother of Victoria the new wife, pansexual Topics include infidelity, psychiatric and psychosomatic illnesses, necrophilia sort of , depression, suicide, sexuality, manic-compulsive obsessions, romance, family interaction and even the Syrian refugees.
A soup with too many ingredients. At least for me. Colleen Hoover's books have been a mixture I like, I don't like so much and I don't like. I definitely don't like this one. I didn't even like Sagan in the romance part, because in my case that whould count a lot. I am sorry.
Es demasiado. O como dice una amiga "mucho con demasiado". Merit dice que vive en una casa y no en un hogar. Y esto es correcto. Todo lo contrario, es el momento ideal para reclamarse unos a los otros. Todo comienza cuando Merit conoce al hermoso de Sagan y en acto imprevisto y sin apenas hablar se besan. El mejor beso de su vida. El problema es que es el novio de su hermana gemela. Un sancocho con demasiados ingredientes.
Este definitivamente no me gusta. Lo siento. View all 22 comments. Sep 15, Bibi rated it did not like it. Listen, it's been five months since I started reading this book and quite frankly I lack the enthusiasm or desire to finish it; therefore, it's a DNF for me. Shame that. View all 13 comments. Sep 25, Shannon Moore rated it liked it Shelves: arc. I would like to take a moment and say that I appreciate the fact that there are authors out there who are willing and motivated to write about issues close to their heart and issues that are happening in the world today.
CoHo does this and once again, I feel like this book will have a great impact. And you know what? That's fine. Cool, even. Not every reader is going to like every book and that's just dandy. Doesn't mean she's not a fantastic author or I'm suddenly not a fan of hers, it just means that this story didn't work as well for me as it may for some other people.
And before I forget, I need to mention that Colleen makes herself a character in this book. She made herself a secondary character! She's such a savage and I love it! I started laughing when I realized what was going on, it was fantastic.
I feel like I need to start by saying how addictive this book is. Once again, Hoover delivers a story packed with emotional clarity, dry humour, shaking your head with a smile on your face craziness, and unconventional themes. She does these things quite well time and time again. From the moment I picked this book up, I couldn't stand to put it down. There's a lot to take in and with so many secrets to be had, there are plenty of things to focus on.
Basically until you learn where 'Without Merit' comes from, I was enamoured. It was more so after this point though that the main theme of the book became apparently, and I started to lose interest. It felt like there was a big bunch of logs slowing down the river I was floating down.
I just lost its spark for me. I was no longer addicted. I was no longer bouncing with giddiness. I was holding out all of my hope for Sagan and Merit because I didn't really know where the author was taking this story or how to come back from the bomb that had just been dropped.
Until everything just There was a lot of family drama unleashed and even more secrets perhaps a tad too much on both accounts , and I don't really know why it turned for me so suddenly. Even some of this drama or some of the characters presence seemed over the top or forced to me in one way of the other.
I love the tension building higher and high between a set of characters until all of a sudden everything explodes. I love the chaos this brings and to see everyone work their way back. The only instance I can think of in Without Merit was when the secrets came out, but there was still a significant chunk of the book after this to come.
From this stand point, I felt like since there was still so much story to come, I didn't want to think of this as the big moment that I was looking for. I was left waiting and waiting for something big to happen next, but it was just getting slower and slower the farther I got. Okay, so the big twist or issue or theme or whatever you want to call it, let me just get this out in the open. I appreciate that Hoover pushes the boundaries constantly on what we perceive as conventional.
Where it's romance, fiction, young adult, so be it. If there's a line, Hoover pushes it and maneuvers it where she wants. That's awesome. I applaud her for this. Sort of in the same sense as her last book, It Ends With Us, the book changes at some point into dealing with an issue that you did not expect.
It just seems that in this particular sense, this book wasn't as successful to me as a reader as some of her others have been. I understand why she wrote this how she did. I understand the powerful statement that this can bring. I understand the help that this book can and will give some readers. I agree that this book is important. But in the same breath, just because I agree it's important, doesn't mean I particularly liked it a whole lot.
Which is crappy, because I loved the beginning. I'm not sure how to properly phrase this in a way that won't make people want to rip my head off, so I'm just going to go for it. If this paragraph doesn't make sense, you don't agree, or you think I an idiot, that's cool, please just move on. Basically, I feel a little bit cheated with this book. Everyone has genres that they like, yes?
Well this is a CoHo book, who is known for her monumental, everlasting, earth shattering love stories. Without Merit is very vague, between both the cover and blurb so you don't have a good sense of what you're going in to.
And I didn't get it. I feel like I was lead on or something because that seemed to be the way the book was heading, until it wasn't. I was rooting for Sagan and Merit so hard until, well, it became a story that I didn't want it to. And frankly, who cares what I want, I get that, but when you're expecting one thing, hoping for one thing, and you don't get it Well, it's a little disappointing.
Even Goodreads has Romance tagged as one of the genres but yet, here we are. So with that being said, let me get this off my chest. This is not a love story. It's not a romance. It's a coming of age novel about a 17 year old girl and a family full of secrets and deceptions, all trying to coexist somewhat peacefully. It deals with mental disorders and people making mistakes. It deals with the fluidity of sexuality and how everything can change based on your perspective of the world around you.
But no where in this did I find a love story. And I feel like some people will come at me saying "well it's a story of Merit learning to love herself and her life! Because from my point of view, the story ended before any of that could happen. I thought it was abrupt and forced into a neat little package but considering how much said packages exploded only several days prior, I really don't see how this can be. I'm not sure how strong of a resolution this story has, because I'm still left with some questions or concerns.
Add in the fact that yes, even though we get explanations for all of the secrets, lies and deceits, it still didn't change my perception of some of these characters. Even the reasoning for Honor's issues, I didn't find that this absolved her of everything put into the readers mind based on Merit's thoughts. I didn't like either of these characters come the end of the book. Hell, I don't even know how much I liked Merit come the end of the book either.
I liked Sagan, so that's a bonus, but I don't even know exactly where he came from in the first place. So would I say this story is resolved? Definitely not. This seems like a big, depressing pity party and I apologize for that. I wish more than anyone that I didn't feel this way about this book but alas, here we are, and I felt the need to get this off my chest.
I buddy read this book with my girl Quinn and overall we have fairly similar thoughts. Granted we generally like the same things, I just felt like this tidbit should be mentioned. View all 58 comments. Oct 04, A. Can she get any better? I doubt it. So meaningful. So deep. So good. View all 56 comments. Jul 16, Rachel Reads Ravenously rated it really liked it Shelves: arc , ebooks , romance , new-adult-mania. What I can say, is that from the very beginning of this book Colleen Hoover keeps you on your toes and you have no idea where she will go next with this story.
I also want to make one thing clear, this book is unlike anything else Hoover has written. And I love that about Hoover. She never delivers the same thing twice, she continues to evolve and grow as a writer. As a reader, I really appreciate this, because it means I never know what to expect.
Without Merit revolves around the life of a high school senior, and while this does deal with young adult characters, this book read more like an adult contemporary fiction novel. Honestly, I think if Oprah read this book she would put it in her book club.
I really mean that. Everyone at some point has thought their family was fucked up, believe me as an adult that has become abundantly more clear to me. But what if your family really was fucked up in some way? If I were to compare this novel to anything, it would be the movie August Osage County. I also compared November 9 and the old movie Same Time, Next Year, the concept is similar but the execution is different. It also at times felt like I was reading a play in terms of how the scenes and dialogue were delivered between the characters.
And we are the audience watching this play unfold. This book at its heart is a family trying to work out its issues, and come out the other side hopefully in a good way. I devoured this book the second I got giant shout out to Atria for giving me my first ever Colleen Hoover arc, that rocked my world.
I stayed up until 3 am reading this baby, and it took me a long time to process my feelings on it. But what I think is even better is that this specific novel will open up a new reader base to her work and hopefully we will gain a lot of Cohorts with it. View all 33 comments. So, I wasn't sure where this story was heading at first. It was random, the family dynamic was messy and that's a fuckin understatement, but I decided to read on as usually with a Hoover book, it'll be gut-wrenching at some point.
And it was. Not in the style of It Ends With Us necessarily, but in its own way. As I got more and more invested in the story, I teared up quite a few times. I think Colleen Hoover is getting better and better with her books. I like that there was a specific focus on fa So, I wasn't sure where this story was heading at first.
I like that there was a specific focus on family and mental health rather than just sex and boy-drama. It made for a nice change. What I've realised and learned in this book is that I 'thought' the family aspect felt unrealistic.
But then I thought to myself, what about the family made it unrealistic for me? And simply, it's because I haven't ever experienced or seen anything close to such dysfunctionality. I mean, it's fiction, but that doesn't necessarily mean that such a mess of a family doesn't exist just because I haven't experienced it in my 27 years of living.
The secrets, the lies, the dishonesty is something that is all too real and I love how everything came together towards the end. Acceptance, but still messy. Jul 14, Pavlina Read more sleep less blog rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , arc , best-cover , want-to-read-soon.
From the beginning to end the journey is riveting! Colleen Hoover completely drew me into Merit's and the other members of her family story! Merit is a unique heroine, I love her and I could relate with her. All the characters have to deal with issues. There are some secrets between them and once they will be reveal things will change. I loved that Without Merit isn't focused to a romance but more in the family and the meaning. Everything about their family felt realistic. The romance is a secondary to the story but it was really good.
Without Merit was one of my highly anticipated books for this year and Colleen Hoover for one more time did an amazing job! A captivating and mesmerized story! View all 8 comments. Merit Voss is a seventeen-year-old girl who not only has to deal with the normal teenage angst most kids go through, but add on her strained relationships with her very eccentric family.
Merit collects trophies from garage sales and thrift shops. Now the entire Voss family lives in the semi-renovated church which still has the huge statue of Jesus on the cross in what they have turned into the family room. What's bizarre is that her mother lives in the basement apartment of the church since she became severely agoraphobic. Merit has decided to stop going to school and it seems as though the whole family is so wrapped up in their own lives that no one really notices what Merit has done.
During one outing to a thrift shop she notices a cute guy checking her out and then somehow while she is leaving the store, the guy ends up kissing her. Merit is completely distraught over the fact that there is something her twin sister, Honor, has that she is finally envious of. The twins are nothing alike. While Honor is carefree and popular at school, Merit is more of a loner, quiet, and barely has any friends.
She does everything in her power to keep her distance and to have as little interaction with Sagan as possible. When Merit stumbles across some pretty huge and disturbing family secrets and then is forced by Sagan to see some of her own transgressions, she goes down a path of destruction and decides to call her entire family out on all of their secrets.
Will uncovering all of the Voss family secrets tear them apart or heal all the wounds from the past? Merit will learn that things are not always what it seems on the surface and that she may have been too quick to cast judgment. View all 23 comments. Oct 08, Heather K dentist in my spare time rated it it was ok Shelves: young-adult , contemporary , hype-hype-hype , m-f , beta-heros-in-mf , little-to-no-sex-content , addiction-or-mental-disorders.
Colleen Hoover is a very popular author, and it isn't hard to see why. I've hated as many of her books as I've liked, but there is something compulsively readable about her stories. I think if she gets anything right, it's her pacing, which is nearly always spot on.
I can read one of her books for hours without getting bored. Angry, maybe, but not bored. Trigger warnings: suicidal thoughts or tendencies, depression, and mental illness. Without Merit is a very busy book that tries to accomplish a Colleen Hoover is a very popular author, and it isn't hard to see why. Without Merit is a very busy book that tries to accomplish a lot of things.
There is the set-up of how Merit is so interesting because she collects trophies and doesn't wear make up, and there is a promise of some big secrets which there are a lot of, actually , but it feels like Colleen Hoover is really pushing this uber-quirky vibe to make her book different. Everything from the cast of characters with their outrageous names to the fact that they live in a converted church is made to make the book feel more unique, more "out there," for better or for worse.
There is too much going on with Without Merit to make many of the messages effective. And there are a lot of messages, some of them valid, some of them off the mark. Many are after school special -feeling, but many are somewhat impactful, even if the impact gets muted by the busy plotline filled with minor twists and turns. One thing I have to address is an issue that gets more or less swept under the rug and forgiven way too easily.
I won't talk about it because I don't want to give away spoilers, but events like those that happened to Merit are extremely damaging and should not be forgiven in a simple conversation. I hated how Colleen Hoover made it seem like forgive and forget was the right thing to do in that situation. In terms of the characters, Sagan was too much of an angelic, can-do-no-wrong person, IMO. He was the "good one" in a field of more complex characters, and it irked me.
I also didn't like how there was so much miscommunication. If there was just a minor amount of communication between any of the MCs, much of the drama would have been avoided and the book wouldn't have gotten on my nerves as much.