July 2, 2011

Book Review: Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford
Author: Natalie Standiford
Release Date: September 1st, 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Age: Young Adult
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....
I wasn't sure about reading Confessions Of The Sullivan Sisters, but it sounded interesting and after reading a couple of good reviews and decided to try it.

I'm glad I read it. Natalie Standiford is such a great writer, I really liked her writing style. It was easy to read her book and like the characters. The Sullivan's are such an interesting family! They are wealthy but actually depends on their rich grandmother, who is very strict and scary.

The plot is focused on the three Sullivan's sisters, Norris, Jane and Sassy. Everyone in the family thinks one of them, or maybe the three of them, may have done something to anger their grandmother, so the three of them decided to write a confessions and maybe she'll reconsider to add them again on her will.

Each of the sisters have their own space in the book, and I really liked this. It's actually divided in three parts. Personally, I preferred Norris's story. I felt more connected with her, she was the older sister and was more responsible, but fell in love. Her story may not be very original but it's romantic.

Jane is the second sister but I didn't connect with her, because I didn't understand her actions. She decided to open a blog to write all her family secrets, since she's convinced her family is evil. Instead, Sassy, the youngest sister, was very cute. She seems to be kind of childish, but she has a good heart and the best intentions. Her confession was funny, she believed she was immortal, but it's also a little bit sad.

It was different to read a book with so many protagonist and different points of view, and I enjoyed it. I  liked that in the end, each of the girls actually matured, that they understood what they have done with her actions and that they decided to be better persons, while always being themselves.

Overall, I really liked Confessions Of The Sullivan Sisters. It was interesting and funny to read, and I'm sure I'll read more books from this author.


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