Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters

by Natalie Standiford

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From the author of HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT, the story of a fractured family and three sisters' secrets

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....

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ISBN-13: 9780545107112
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Natalie Standiford is the author of HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT, CONFESSIONS OF THE SULLIVAN SISTERS, and THE SECRET TREE. She is originally from Maryland, but now lives in New York City and plays in the all-YA-author band Tiger Beat.

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Confessions Of The Sullivan Sisters 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a fantastic read for lovers of any genre.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
The Sullivan family's Christmas began in the traditional way that year. The six Sullivan siblings opened their gifts. Daddy-o made pancakes for breakfast and Ginger contributed her signature dish to the feast (sliced grapefruit halves sprinkled with Splenda). Christmas would take an unexpected turn at the Sullivan's annual holiday dinner with the family matriarch--unaffectionately known by family, friends, enemies, and most of Baltimore as "Almighty Lou." One of the Sullivans has deeply offended Almighty. Subsequently the entire family has been cut out of her will unless the offending person comes forward with a full confession by New Year's Day. If not, their share of the fortune will be donated to Puppy Ponchos--a charity providing rain ponchos for dogs in need of raincoats. No one knows for sure what drove Almighty to this extreme. Could it have been seventeen-year-old Norrie and her completely unsuitable romance? Did sixteen-year-old Jane's airing the family's dirty laundry on [...] seal the family's fate? Or does it have something to do with fifteen-year-old Sassy maybe, possibly, sort of having something to do with the death of Almighty's fifth husband Wallace? The girls dutifully write their confessions hoping to appease their grandmother. If they can appease her their lives can go on as before. But once the confessions are written and the secrets revealed, nothing will be the same in Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters (2010) by Natalie Standiford. Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters is an interesting blend of romance, humor, elements of the magical and a classic coming-of-age story all rolled into one. Broken into three parts, each sister has a chance to tell her own part of the story. Except all of their stories occur over the same period of time. This fact creates an interesting narrative with overlapping events, blended narrations, and multiple viewpoints used to flesh out certain aspects of the story. Standiford also provides a surprising amount of suspense for a story that is decidedly not an adventure. Will the Sullivans be disinherited? Is Norrie's romance going to end horribly? Is Jane's family really evil? What is going on with Sassy? There are so many juicy questions to be answered that Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters quickly becomes equal parts page turner and Bildungsroman. Some aspects of the story are bizarre and almost out of place--the whole novel is actually very reminiscent of the blend of everyday and surreal elements commonly found in magical realism--but by the end of the story it all kind of works. Standiford has once again taken a unique premise and made it something really special with winsome characters and clever prose. Possible Pairings: Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron, King of the Screwups, Girl Overboard by K. L. Going, by Justina Chen Headley, Confessions of a Not It Girl by Melissa Kantor, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Jadesbooks More than 1 year ago
This is a story about three sisters who have led a pretty charmed life because of Almighty's, a/k/a Grandma's, money, but then so have their parents and brothers. All seems to be going pretty good, the girls are figuring out who they are, by falling in love, rebelling against authority, and feeling like they are invincible. But girl has done something to upset Almighty, and now they must confess their sins - in writting - or all the money and the only life they have ever known is over, not just for them but for the rest of their family as well. The book starts out with Norrie, the oldest, explaining her actions - about how she fell in love and how that led to the decisions she has been making recently. Next we get to hear from Jane and how she's been rebelling against authority and causing trouble in the family by telling the true history of her family to the world on her blog. Last we get to hear from Sassy, and how she thinks that she's invincible and can not be hurt - until she realizes otherwise and what the outcome of her actions are. This was a fun book, I really enjoyed how the sisters had overlapping stories of themselves together and the conversations they had.. and the differences in how they each remembered that instance. I know that by the end of the book, I wanted more. It was a whole lot of fun to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On the cover The middle girl is The only girl with Her fingers crossed! Hmmmmm...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a fun, quick read that will have you on the edge of your seat with all the family drama and gossip! Go read it already!
Alison Bevard More than 1 year ago
amazing story that takes you on a journey! A book that you cant put down
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
The Sullivans are in for quite a shock. Their normally joyous Christmas holiday is tarnished when the family matriarch, known to everyone as Almighty, announces she is dying and threatens to write the whole family out of her will unless the family member who committed some unimaginable sin confesses. She wants their confessions in writing by New Year's Day. The three Sullivan girls immediately assume they have committed whatever crime has offended their dear, controlling grandmother. Each sister begins writing her confession. Norrie, the eldest, is certain that she offended Almighty at her debutante ball. Almighty had such specific plans and wishes for Norrie's special day, and Norrie knows her behavior was not at all up to her grandmother's rigid standards. Middle sister, Jane, has never really conformed to Almighty's ideal of a perfect granddaughter, so it is not a huge leap for her to imagine she is the guilty party. It is also fairly easy to guess that her offense is the creation of a blog called myevilfamily dot com. Oh, the things Jane has revealed about everyone in her prestigious Baltimore family. Sassy, the youngest, has been riddled with guilt long before Almighty threatened to write them all out of inheriting her millions. Sassy is convinced that she is guilty of murdering someone near and dear to her grandmother's heart. Her confession will hopefully restore the family honor, but will most likely result in her own imprisonment. Author Natalie Standiford takes readers on a wild ride as each sister recounts recent scandalous events in an effort to soothe their grandmother's ruffled feathers. The novel is filled with pleas for forgiveness, some motivated by honest feelings and regret, and others not. The results of everyone's soul searching turn out to reveal some surprising information about everyone in the family. Fans of Standiford's HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT will want to check this one out.
ReadingAngel002 More than 1 year ago
Simply Scandalous! Norrie, Jane and Sassy Sullivan are about to spill all. After their grandmother, Almighty, told everyone that unless the person who gravely offended her confesses in writing before New Years, the entire Sullivan family will be cut from her will. Everyone knows that it must be one of the three girls that did it, so the three girls spill all in confession letters that hold nothing back. I was afraid going into this that it was going to be a Gossip Girl knock off, of the stuck up lives of the insanely rich. I couldn't have been more wrong. Each girl's personalities are so richly portrayed that you can't help but love each of them, (although Sassy was my favorite). As each girl tells her tale they begin to confess to love taking over, disdain for everyone around them, especially their family, and even murder. I flew through this book in one days time. Each sister pulled me in and had me dying to figure out what would happen next. The ending was shocking and completely hilarious. I even had to read the last few pages out loud to my brother because I was laughing so hard he had to know what was so funny! I definitely recommend this one to all YA lovers!
DanaJean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters, Almight Lou, the wealthy matriarch of the Sullivan family, has been insulted. Someone in the Sullivan family is the offender and until they write her a letter confessing their sin, the whole family is cut from the Will. The family decides that the offender has to be one of the sisters, and so the story starts as we listen to the confessions of each girl. Definitely targeted to the YA crowd, I can see the appeal. Nicely written, good premise. I would recommend it to a young, female audience.
molliekay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three sisters must confess their sins to the matriarch of the family, Almighty Lou, or risk being cut off from her will. Norrie, Jane, and Sassy must fess up before New Year's. The individual stories are a window into the lives of filthy rich debutantes, and I found it hard to relate to any of their problems. The reason for their confessions and the hasty conclusion leave much to be desired.
wolf_babe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters is a fun frivolous read. There is a little romance, a little snarky angst and a little superstitious guilt. Each of the sisters has a unique voice that made reading easier and more entertaining. The ending seemed a little flat to me but otherwise this is a good beach or weekend read.
renkellym on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters is written in three parts: the confessions of Norrie, Jane, and Sassy. Each confession provides a different perspective on a certain period of time. I enjoyed how drastically different the three girls were: Norrie was passionate, Jane was cynical, and Sassy was timid. I must say that I enjoyed Jane¿s story the best. She was so devoted to sticking it to The Man that I couldn¿t help but smile. Norrie¿s story was my second favorite, and Sassy¿s story, although a tad confusing, was fun as well.Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters is the first Natalie Standiford novel that I¿ve read, but now I¿m going to make a point to read her other book. The way she writes is so different from most young adult authors, and I love it! Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters felt almost old-fashioned in its tone, but for some reason I enjoyed the book all the more because of it. The dated feel perfectly matched the manner in which the girls were raised (to be proper young ladies, of course!). Standiford also did an excellent job of connecting all three perspectives¿each girl reveals a bit more about the overall story, yet nothing really feels repetitive.I think the best part about Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters is the slight mystery. I kept trying to guess which girl had offended their grandmother most, and I was really surprised at who it actually was! Though the ending was a bit confusing (and kind of humorous), I felt satisfied after finishing the book.Overall, Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters is a beautifully-written story told in three different perspectives. Each perspective offered something new, and the guessing game as to who offended the Almighty will keep readers hooked.
brittanygates on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What makes the Sullivan sisters interesting is all their contradictions. They call their parents by the unconventional names of "Ginger" and "Daddy-O," and their grandmother by the name of "Almighty." The oldest child living at home sleeps in tower that is used by all siblings as a clubhouse. But they also take tea at Almighty's house every week; and respect the tradition of the cotillon and the fact that it is an inevitable part of their lives.Each sister is given a third of the book to confess her "crimes" to Almighty, who is easily offended by any break in tradition. Neither of the girls is turning out exactly the way Almighty wants and, under threat of disinheritance, they must apologize for their recent actions.These three perspectives are wonderful examples of how different sisters can be, while at the same time having the same principles and ultimate goals. Their close-knit relationship makes for an enjoyable read. The end leaves you with a desire to know the outcome of the Sullivan sisters lives and whether or not they meet their own expectations, regardless of whether or not they meet Almighty's.
verka6811 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When `Almighty', their rich grandmother, takes offense to a mistake made by one person, she gives the entire Sullivan family an ultimatum: either the person who has offended her writes a letter confessing or she will take the entire family out of her will. And so, the three Sullivan sisters, Norrie, Jane, and Sassy, each find themselves writing a letter confessing to their mistakes over the past few months. Each girl hopes to ask their grandmother for forgiveness in order to allow the rest of the family off the hook. Through their letters, each sister finds herself opening up and revealing her deepest thought and secrets. Over the course of the book, the readers will find themselves on the edge of their seats as they follow in the adventures of the sisters throughout the letters. Confessions of The Sullivan Sisters' contains everything from love and deception to murder, and is likely to appeal to many young readers.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Standiford does an excellent job of capturing the voices of the three sisters whose confessions are revealed herein. Each of them is distinct and seems very age appropriate in their behavior, mannerisms and language. Interestingly, a friend and I were just talking about how different people can perceive the same situation in a different way, and as the sisters narrate their experiences during the same time period, each with their own point of view, we are able to develop a more accurate picture of what might really have happened. The issues each of the sisters are facing a realistic and engaging, except, perhaps, for Sassy...I didn't really get her whole immortality predilection. Her portion of the book was the shortest, and I didn't really get to know her as well as Norrie and Jane. I did genuinely like each of the main characters and would read about them again. I am interested to know more about the three brothers in the family...sequel, anyone?As an aside, I have been reading the Gossip Girl series lately, and wanted to remark that it was nice to see some rich east-coast teenagers behaving with a little bit more decorum.
IWantToBelieve on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A peek into the lives of the privileged; funny and entertaining with characters I cared about and liked. I was surprised that I enjoyed this as much as I did. Great read!
alaskabookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Natalie Standiford's newest novel, "Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters", a wealthy Baltimore family, the Sullivans, risks losing their trust fund income if one of their members doesn't "confess" an offense to the family matriarch. Certain that the offender is one of three teenage daughters, each girl sets out to explain their erratic behavior of the several months prior. The confessions are made to their grandmother, known to the entire community as "Almighty". She is the one threatening to disinherit them. The bulk of the story, then, are three first-person "confessions", one from each of the girls, and each daughter, determined not to have their entire family suffer for their actions, tell all.There are a lot of things to like about this book. In many ways, it is a gentle departure from much recent teen lit. It isn't overly sexy, or paranormal, or terribly angst-filled. While cleanly maintaining contemporary elements, such as parties, Internet blogging, friend-feuds, and a fair amount of vapidity, it also gently roots for morality: loyalty, family, humility, forgiveness, and repentance. What Standiford does well, is create likeable, distinct characters, and in the case of the book's three main narrators, distinct voice. What may be disappointing to some readers is the lack of "shock value" regarding the girls' confessions. None of their particular "sins" seems terribly bad (although, I think that may be the point), certainly not being disinherited. So though it is an engaging story, it doesn't contain as much inner tension as many popular teen books have led readers to expect. There are no vampires or werewolves here, but several times Standiford suggests a bit of a mystery, perhaps even something magical, in each story. Again, these items are very subtly, though deliberately, placed.There are allegorical elements here: "confessing" to the "Almighty"; transforming and mysterious power of love; the limits to our understanding of history, self and others, and thus the need for personal humility; and the tense juxtaposition of life and death. These are big philosophical ideas, but neatly and accessibly woven into a this story. I liked this book and would recommend it.
mountie9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Good Stuff * The style of writing is perfectly suited for the story. It sounds like it is actually being written by teenage girls * Delightfully eccentric and lovable characters * Nothing stereotypical about the characters (The rich people are not horrific like in most stories) * Reminded me of the books I read as a teen * Light, optimistic and downright funny at times * The sisters are delightful and would love to be friends with them * Absolutely wonderful ending * Love the relationships between the girls and their familyThe Not so Good Stuff * Would have liked more back story on Almighty * Last sisters story felt a little rushedFavorite Quotes/Passages"..but mostly she has that thing -- I can't say exactly what it is but it's like knowing you're hot makes you even hotter.""Lucky guess," Sassy said. "Throughout history, big changes always start with a girl meeting a boy.""For all I know he's got a Starfleet captain's uniform hidden in there. If he wants to wear it to a debutante party, that's up to him.""I don't want to waste my life as a rich, spoiled girl. Who knows how long I have before some weirdo takes me hostage in a convenience store and kills me."What I Learned * All rich people aren't selfish, rude and evilWho should/shouldn't read * Teens will love this as well as adults looking for something to make them feel young again * Jaded YA readers may not enjoy as it is light with barely any sexuality, violence or severe angst4/5 Dewey's
keeneam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters was a good read. I enjoyed the different personalities of each sisters, that came through in their part of the book. I enjoyed the first part the best, but wanted a continuation of the love story there. Jane's was the best overall, and I found Sassy's story odd and almost an after thought, it was the least developed. I did enjoy the end, and I would read more about this family and this author. I did get engrossed in it, enough to sit down and read all the way through. I give this book four stars.
dukesangel002 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simply Scandalous! Norrie, Jane and Sassy Sullivan are about to spill all. After their grandmother, Almighty, told everyone that unless the person who gravely offended her confesses in writing before New Years, the entire Sullivan family will be cut from her will. Everyone knows that it must be one of the three girls that did it, so the three girls spill all in confession letters that hold nothing back.I was afraid going into this that it was going to be a Gossip Girl knock off, of the stuck up lives of the insanely rich. I couldn't have been more wrong. Each girl's personalities are so richly portrayed that you can't help but love each of them, (although Sassy was my favorite). As each girl tells her tale they begin to confess to love taking over, disdain for everyone around them, especially their family, and even murder.I flew through this book in one days time. Each sister pulled me in and had me dying to figure out what would happen next. The ending was shocking and completely hilarious. I even had to read the last few pages out loud to my brother because I was laughing so hard he had to know what was so funny! I definitely recommend this one to all YA lovers!
mindylou182 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love how this book was set up. Telling the sisters' stories separately made things much less confusing, and Standiford did a great job having different voices for each sister.My favorite section of the book was probably Norrie's (the eldest sister). I could relate the most to her and she helped give the most background to the family. Jane, the middle sister, was a little too rebellious for my taste, but I still loved her character. Her section kept me laughing. The youngest sister, Sassy, had an odd view of life, but I still enjoyed her section.The ending was a surprise, but a little flat. Overall though I enjoyed reading the book. Lovely work.
Jadesbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about three sisters who have led a pretty charmed life because of Almighty's, a/k/a Grandma's, money, but then so have their parents and brothers. All seems to be going pretty good, the girls are figuring out who they are, by falling in love, rebelling against authority, and feeling like they are invincible. But girl has done something to upset Almighty, and now they must confess their sins - in writting - or all the money and the only life they have ever known is over, not just for them but for the rest of their family as well.The book starts out with Norrie, the oldest, explaining her actions - about how she fell in love and how that led to the decisions she has been making recently. Next we get to hear from Jane and how she's been rebelling against authority and causing trouble in the family by telling the true history of her family to the world on her blog. Last we get to hear from Sassy, and how she thinks that she's invincible and can not be hurt - until she realizes otherwise and what the outcome of her actions are.This was a fun book, I really enjoyed how the sisters had overlapping stories of themselves together and the conversations they had.. and the differences in how they each remembered that instance. I know that by the end of the book, I wanted more. It was a whole lot of fun to read.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A nice, amusing and slightly heart breaking novel. Standiford, who wrote a book I love (How to Say Goodbye in Robot), gives us the story of three sisters who must confess their sins against their grandmother in order to have their inheritance restored. The novel is not so much about the money as it is about the three girls and the different things they did to get in trouble, as it were, with their grandmother. Of the three, I liked Sassy's story best (she's the youngest). But all three were good and the end was quite satisfying.
avanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review based on ARC.The past several months of my life were crazy, and I was looking to a book to allow me full "escape" privileges. Because this book did not quite allow that (I will explain), I was harder on it when first reading it than is fair. In the end, it completely redeemed itself, even to my judgmental eyes.The book has been criticized as being unrelatable because the characters are "poor little rich girls" living experiences that normal teens do not share. I actually do not agree (though at first I did). And I say this as someone who did not grow up around wealth.The book is broken into 4 sections. One appears at the beginning and end, and is the essential narration establishing the reason behind the other three sections, which are confessions written by/from the perspective of the three eldest girls in a family of 6 children, all grandchildren to the Almighty Lou. Almighty has threatened to disinherit the family because a member of the family has deeply "offended her." The family (the 6 kids & their 2 parents) determine that the three eldest girls are the most likely culprits, and they set out to write their confessions.The first confession is by Norrie, the eldest girl. This is the part that I can see most people criticizing as "poor little rich girl." This is the weakest part of the book, but a lot of necessary background information comes out in this section, setting up the rest of the book for the more interesting narrations. Norrie is the well-behaved daughter until she meets a boy in graduate school in an evening speed-reading class and falls for him, throwing all caution to the wind, including her family's reputation. This is the part of the book that, while I was going through my own difficulties in life, which were significantly more overwhelming than meeting some guy and not knowing what to do about it, made me annoyed and frustrated that I had to read a book with a vapid protagonist. However, the writing was good enough that the reading was quick and easy and I got through Norrie's tale in due time.And Jane's story, the second eldest daughter, is much more interesting than Norrie's. If other readers are annoyed by Norrie's story, I recommend at least giving Jane a chance. This is where the story begins to have some interest. Not only is Jane more relatable, but she is interesting and is a dynamic character. Where Norrie's story had the tone of a defensive teenager who just wanted to convince her Almighty Grandmother that her path was the right path, Jane explains her reasoning, but the reader actually sees movement in her character and personality. Much more enjoyable. Even if Jane is not relatable, she is at least interesting!The worst part of the remainder of the book is that, by the end of Jane's story, I already knew what Sassy's confession would be. So I assumed the remainder of the book would be completely predictable. However, while I was right about her essential confession, I was pleased with the story and the development of her character and others in the book. I was particularly impressed with Standiford's representation of Cassandra (Sassy's tuttee) & their relationship.And the end, which encompassed the final few pages of Almighty receiving the confessions and her reaction to them, was satisfying and even moving.My opinion of the book completely changed by the end. When I receive books directed at a high school audience through the early reviewer program, I read the book w/ an awareness of the intended audience. That being said, I would highly recommend the book to junior high & high school girls. I would also recommend the book to older women who are looking for a little escape and perhaps a little reminiscence of their own high school days.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third book I've received in the Early Reviewers program, and the one that I've most enjoyed so far. The story has a simple but intriguing premise: the Sullivans, a wealthy family, discover that their grandmother is offended by one unnamed member of the clan. Since Almighty, as grandmother is called, is in charge of the family fortune, and since she threatens to cut off the entire family from her will if the guilty party does not confess, this is a serious turn of events. By family consensus, they decide that one of the girls must be responsible, so all three write out lengthy confessions and deliver them the night before the deadline. The novel is, in essence, three novellas, as we read the stories of Norrie, Jane, and Sassy.Each tale is basically a coming of age story for girls. One focuses on a forbidden romance, another on rebellion, and the final one on morality and immortality. There's not much new or original here, but the girls are all likable narrators with their own voice, and they keep you involved in the story. The pace of the narrative is fast, with a lot of dialogue and emotion. I enjoy first person point of view in stories, and given the personal nature of the format - supposedly confidential letters - it was especially appropriate.This is a light read with themes that have been well traversed in women's fiction, but I liked it. There's something to be said about books that are easy to read and offer pure escapism. Also, the content matter was not violent or overly sexual or disturbing. Every girl shared her slice of life with humor and optimism; the stories all ended on an upbeat note. It was fun to see how each sister related to the other, how their stories connected, and how they viewed the same events with different perspectives. The strong bond between the sisters was explored, and many other matters that are close to a woman's heart. Readers will enjoy this sweet family story.