“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”
Everybody who reads this book will probably quote the above line. I couldn’t help it because it is utterly, completely, painfully true. Man! I give in. Colleen Hoover always, always defeats me like she knows my weaknesses and knows how to take advantage of them. If my heart were a rock, Without Merit is a bulldozer that mercilessly crushed my heart leaving my emotions splattering everywhere.
I don’t know how she does it but the author’s stories always take my feelings in places I didn’t realize they’re capable of reaching. How she could make things not okay turn out okay in the end is still always a beautiful mystery to me and once again, she proves how versatile and creative a writer she is with another very unique story, this time centering around family issues that are so relatable, so relevant and very personal in my case having just gone through several issues in my own family as well.
“Maybe that’s the root of a lot of family issues. It isn’t actually the issues people are hung up about for so long. It’s that no one has the courage to take the first step in talking about the issues.”
Once again the messages of the story have this very powerful, resonating and significant social relevance…
“Your emotions and reactions are valid. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. You’re the only one who feels them.”
… while the writing is consistently beautiful, frank, funny and real. Colleen Hoover is without a doubt a courageous writer who doesn’t shy away from discussing difficult issues with care and open-mindedness .
The only thing that kept from giving this five stars is how the plot at times felt predictable and a little bit fairytale-ish especially in the end but I didn’t mind because I was rooting for a happy ending and it’s exactly what I got.