without merit, a review

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover, Bookstagram Photography by Kelly Furgal Toye

Book 5 of 2018

A story of Hope. A story of Love.

A story of living with Depression.


Everyone has secrets. And the Voss family is no exception.

Merit Voss is part of a unique living situation: Her blended family unit lives in a repurposed church nicknamed Dollar Voss. The family’s once cancer-stricken mother resides in the basement, and Merit’s father had an affair with her mother’s former nurse, who he now has a child with. Merit’s twin sister is exclusively attracted to terminally ill boyfriends, her older brother acts as though she doesn’t exist, and her little half-brother absorbs all of the family’s craziness and negativity

To read the rest of my review, published on the esperanza magazine website, please click here.


I opened up Without Merit by Colleen Hoover without having any idea the story was centered around a girl with depression. Upon reading it, of course I wanted to share my review with the award-winning team over at esperanza Magazine. Their Hope To Cope website is a resource for all those suffering from anxiety and depression (and also those who know loved ones suffering) and strives to build an empowering community for all. Without Merit is a story of hope, humor and self-realization, and is a tale that everyone – regardless of having anxiety or depression – should read.

About esperanza: Striving to Increase Awareness of Depression and Anxiety. Through the use of both print and a digital magazine publishing, an information-packed website, blog and active public forum, we continuously feature articles and provide information on new research and treatment options, as well as provide support, inspiration and hope for building a healthy lifestyle, including: stress reduction, exercise and sleep, treatments, relationships, and employment.

About the esperanza sitehopetocope.com is the award-winning esperanza’s online community. It strives to increase the awareness of depression and anxiety and to provide hope and empowerment to those in the depression and anxiety community—those with these disorders, along with their families, caregivers, and health-care professionals.

Here is another great article on the esperanza website regarding teenagers living with depression: https://www.hopetocope.com/the-myths-of-teenage-depression-3/


I encourage those who are experiencing feelings of anxiety and/or depression to talk about their feelings, reach out to loved ones and professionals, and to find a community like hopetocope.com.


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