Saturday Read: Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford

Since school started back up last week, I wasn’t feeling like working too hard when it came to my leisure reading. I had received “Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters” a while back and honestly, dismissed it because of the juvenile cover. I read the description, and while it sounded intriguing, I didn’t feel any urge to pick it up until now.
On Christmas Day, the Sullivan family is informed by their grandmother (known as “Almighty”) that someone in the family has offended her; and that until that person confesses their sin to her, she will remove the entire family from her will. This matter becomes a bit more pressing when she also reveals that she is dying from a brain tumor. She gives them until New Year’s Day to present her with their confessions. Each of the three sisters, Norrie, Jane and Saskia (aka Sassy) believe that the message is directed at them and the rest of the book is spit into three sections, one for each sister and her confession.
The first section belongs to Norrie, a 17-year -old who ends up involved with a college boy, Robbie, when she should be concerned with Cotillion and debuting on the arm of Brooks Overbeck, the most popular boy in school. Society means everything to Almighty, so Norrie believes that she is the culprit.
Jane is next, and she confesses that she began a website called My Evil Family where she spilled all the old family secrets and stories, for all the world to see. She ends up being featured in the Baltimore Sun and almost ruins the Sullivan’s reputation.
Lastly is Sassy. She believes that she caused Wallace, Almighty’s 5th husband, to die of a stroke. Throughout her section, she has strange near-death experiences, including being hit by multiple cars, and walking away each time with no more than a bruise. She believes that she is immortal.
Initially, I quite liked this book. Norrie and Jane’s stories were both so different and unique! I really liked both the characters and their strong bond with their family, even though they were so different. Also, Standiford is a great writer and is constantly searching for another way to make her readers laugh out loud, which I did often while reading this one. However, Sassy’s story was just bizarre. Maybe I missed something, but I didn’t understand the whole immortality thing. Obviously this wasn’t a magical story, so she actually wasn’t immortal.
This was all fine and dandy, because her confession was actually quite funny, until I read the last bit of the book, when Almighty writes the three girls a letter. This may be a little spoiler, but she says that Sassy has offended her because she has defied death and Almighty cannot. I’m not sure if this is supposed to be a link back to the brain tumor and bring them all closer or something, but it just felt weird to me.
Bottom line, I really enjoyed this book. Yes, it’s fluffy YA, but sometimes that’s a good thing!

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