Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: September 1, 2010
Rating: 4 stars
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….
Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters was a fun, quick read. This was a book I had mixed feelings on. Most of the book I really liked, but there were several things I was not as crazy about. It had great characters and a compelling plot.
So the book is divided in to 3 sections – one for each Sullivan sister. I thought this was really neat, especially since each story overlaps with the others and goes a bit further. It was fun to read the story from each characters point of view and learn all the little things that were happening. The issue I did have though was the first few pages of each story were very hard to get in to. The voice just didn’t feel right at first. I loved Jane and Norrie’s stories, but I found myself slightly bored with Sassy’s. Something about the voice of Sassy and the things she was talking about didn’t feel like a 15 year old, it felt younger. I think this may have been one of the reasons I did have a hard time with it.
I really liked the characters Standiford created. Each character brought something a little different to the table, and figuring out little details about them as the story went on was a lot of fun. For instance, the mother is referred to as Ginger throughout the entire book, and it was just funny to hear that. Another thing I loved was how each sister really only knew bits and pieces of the other stories, but yet you get a full on scandal from each. Even the supporting characters such as the brothers stayed prominent in your mind. They only appear in small sections of the books, but the little times they do, they really just make the story.
This was a book I really enjoyed. There were a few rough spots, but the rest is a great story of the scandals of the rich, upper class. You really get involved with the characters, and get wrapped up in their lives, which makes you dying to read more.