Friday, October 29, 2010

Review: Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford

pub date: September 1, 2010
publisher: Scholastic
pgs: 320
source: library
content: swearing (including a few f-bombs), sex (undetailed), underage drinking

blurb from goodreads:
The Sullivan sisters have a big problem. On Christmas Day their rich and imperious grandmother gathers the family and announces that she will soon die . . .and has cut the entire family out of her will. Since she is the source of almost all their income, this means they will soon be penniless.

Someone in the family has offended her deeply. If that person comes forward with a confession of her (or his) crime, submitted in writing to her lawyer by New Year's Day, she will reinstate the family in her will. Or at least consider it.

And so the confessions begin....
What a fun book. Three sisters, Norrie, Jane, and Sassy, each take a chunk of the book in their confession to their grandmother, Almighty. Each sister is unique and has her own view of what happened in the months leading up to Christmas. It was fun to read about Norrie's months and have small snippets of Jane and Sassy. Then to read Jane and Sassy's confessions and see Norrie through different eyes. While reading Norrie and Jane's confession, Sassy was a mystery. I could hardly wait to read her confession and figure out what was going on in that girls head. 

I also loved the family. Almight is quite the character, especially after finishing the book and discovering what she was upset about. The three sisters have two older brothers and one younger who make short appearances throughout and are a riot. Their parents are likable, though distant.

Very entertaining, enjoyable book.

This book actually reminded me a lot of Robin Benway's The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June, which I also enjoyed quite a bit. In both books the oldest sister is the responsible one; the middle is snarky and semi-rebellious and the most fun (in my opinion); the youngest is a wildcard.

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