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Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters is a YA contemporary novel by Natalie Standiford.

On Christmas Day, the Sullivan sisters are faced with a big problem. Their wealthy, feared, influential grandmother has announced that she has received a prognosis that she may soon die – and that their entire family has been cut out of her will.

Unless, that is, she receives a confession (in writing) by New Year’s Day about something that someone in the family has done that has offended her deeply. She will then consider reinstating their status in the will.

If their family is cut out of the will and blocked from the trust accounts their family will be penniless.

Issue is, all three Sullivan sisters have been involved in activities that have displeased their grandmother lately.

So, the confessions begin.

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters was an pleasant read.

Standiford splits the novel into three parts – each section is written in first person voice by one of the three Sullivan sisters. We are essentially reading each confession as penned by the girls.

It’s certainly a different type of outline and setup for a novel. There’s an odd, funny, offbeat but always congenial vibe. The family is quirky, and each character has a pretty strong, distinct personality – which is cool.

I’ll admit though, that despite NEVER being bored, I did occasionally wonder what the point was of reading Norrie, Jane, and Sassy’s confessions. But by the last page I realized it all tied together very well to create a sweet, perhaps bittersweet, family tale.

In some ways, I think that Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters could have been more touching if it had pushed it just a tad more – or maybe more lighthearted if Standiford didn’t want to go that route.

However, it was fun. And really there doesn’t HAVE to be a point to fun!


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