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The ups and downs: CoHo version

Megan Shultz
Stacked up. These are just a few of Colleen Hoover’s books. Over time she has written 26 books. All can be purchased in stores or even on Kindle.

As an avid reader, I have read almost every single book written by Colleen Hoover. I would have to place her as my number one favorite author. Hoover has been the number one best selling author in the “New York Times” for two years and has sold over 20 million books. Even the best authors still vary between major successes and epic fails. 

Here are some honest reviews on two of the best and worst books written by her. 

Without merit: This book is most definitely the worst Colleen Hoover book I have ever picked up. It was so different from her other book styles that it made it unbearable. 

Merit Voss grows up in a family with a lot of problems. Every one of her siblings has something different to them. For Merit, her difference is collecting trophies. While she is shopping, she meets Sagan, who she falls in love with, but not for long.

After getting her heart broken, Merit decides to break all of her family members’ hearts in return. 

No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get into this book. Colleen Hoover tries to highlight heavy topics in her books to bring awareness. This one was just uncomfortable because there was incest between a few of the characters.

I didn’t think there would be a way for me to dislike a CoHo book until I read “Without Merit”. 

Verity: I have an emotional attachment to this book. To say I am obsessed is an understatement. 

Lowen Ashleigh takes up an offer to finish writing a book series for famous author, Verity Crawford. Shortly after moving in, Lowen finds Verity’s manuscript and decides to read it. She reveals family secrets that leave her in a bone-chilling predicament. 

This book is the perfect mix of romance and thriller. The roller coaster of emotions while reading is unreal. Highlighting postpartum depression can’t be an easy topic to cover, but Hoover did it so perfectly. There were so many crazy twists and turns that I couldn’t put the book down. 

Pick up this book, but be prepared to pick your jaw up off of the floor too. 

Losing hope: I am not completely against this book, it just seemed unnecessary. 

In the first book “Hopeless,” we learn about Sky and her forgotten childhood. She finds an old friend, Dean Holder who allows her to reconnect with her past. “Hopeless” was written from Sky’s perspective, while “Losing Hope” is how Holder saw the situation. 

The first book in this series made me so excited to read this one until I read it. The plot twists in this book didn’t hit hard because every event that happened was already explained in “Hopeless”. Hoover could have combined the first two books, making them switch back and forth between points of view to make it more interesting. 

If you have already read the first book, there is no point in reading this one. 

Heart Bones: I honestly don’t think I have a single bad thing to say about this book. 

Beyah Grim is forced to spend the summer with her distant father after facing a loss due to addiction. During her travel to Texas, she meets a boy named Samson, who she would soon grow very fond of. She would also find that there were hidden truths to him that would change everything. 

This book was nothing short of perfect. It had me hooked from the very beginning when Grim lost someone of significance to her. Enemies to lovers is my favorite trope which might be why I love this book so much. It had a good amount of seriousness but was still a fun read regardless. 

Add this book to every “to be read” list in existence. It is 100% worth the time. 

Overall, I think Colleen Hoover is an amazing author and she deserves recognition for the work she puts in. 

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Megan Shultz
Megan Shultz, Associate Editor
My name is Megan Shultz, and I am an associate editor on the Mt. Echo staff. Ever since I was young I would spend my free time writing stories for my family. Now, entering my senior year, I still get excited to show them my work. When I'm not reading or writing, I love to dance and hangout with my friends. Once I graduate, I hope to attend Mount Aloysius for their sonography program. Until then, I'm looking forward to my senior year and the awesome memories I will make.

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