Blog Tour: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover @AtriaBooks

Blog Tour: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover @AtriaBooksWithout Merit by Colleen Hoover
on October 3, 2017
Genres: Young Adult
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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.

Even when Colleen does a light, fun read, it’s not without a lesson. Through her words, Colleen is always teaching us with hidden thoughts and facts that hit you way after you finish the last chapter.

Without Merit started with a slow build. The backstory and character content was extensive. Merit is fighting for her voice among her modern day family. Feeling her voice was lost in a sea of people, Merit retreats into herself. It takes one boy and a string of unpredictable events to bring out the truth for not only Merit, but her whole family.

This simple story line is more than meets the eye. The use of imagery to convey feelings throughout the book pours off the pages, seeping deep into your soul. Once the slow build completed, the story took off with just about every range of emotion possible. Colleen has this gift for turning the simplest of words, thoughts, or feelings into works of art. This family was like most that I know, full of misunderstandings but at the core, love. No one will ever fully understand another’s actions. It’s only when you peel back the layers, ask the questions, and take the time to understand the answers, will you truly understand one another. Without Merit was the perfect lesson in taking these steps to understand the people you love. This story was quirky, with a powerful punch. The best lessons are the ones you never see coming and Colleen’s ability to school you through words has been proven time and time again.

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About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover’s love for writing began in 1985 when she was five years old. Her first story was titled “Mystery Bob” and was a huge hit with her mother, who was really good at faking interest.
Colleen continued to write short stories for friends and family until December of 2011, when she decided to write a long story she titled, “Slammed.” She self-published SLAMMED to Amazon in January, 2012 and it hit the NYT’s bestsellers list in May, 2012. She has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, and now has six NYT’s bestsellers. Colleen prefers to be called a writer, as the term “author” still terrifies her and makes this feel like a job with expectations. She doesn’t work well under pressure and hopes writing will always remain fun and exciting.

You can follow Colleen on Instagram and Twitter @colleenhoover. You can also find her on her blog at where she holds a daily book-a-day giveaway, or on her very active Facebook page at where she loves to give away more free stuff when her husband isn’t looking.

Colleen also wants the world to know that writing short biographies in third person is incredibly awkward.

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