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Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  2,192 Ratings  ·  361 Reviews
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
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Liza Gilbert
Oct 06, 2010 Liza Gilbert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, bfya2011
I rarely read books this vapid. The concerns of the Sullivans even started out on a sore note. They learn that their grandma is going to cut them out of the will, and they suddenly assume it’s the girls’ fault. However, the reader is not given any reason why being cut out of the will is a bad thing. Yes, Grandma has all the money, but there’s no discussion of what poverty would be like, what they would have to give up, or any changes that would be made. Suddenly, the girls just start confessing. ...more
This reads like a perfect mixture of Hilary McKay and Jane Austen. (Style-wise and situation-wise. For instance, doesn't "Almighty Lou" remind you of Lady Catherine?) I had a lot of fun with the story, the characters and the writing - especially the effortlessly witty, but natural dialogues - and I want to get my hands on How to Say Goodbye in Robot even more than before now.
As the description already reveals, "The Confessions" are told from different points of view. I love that, but not everybo
The premise is interesting enough: the Sullivan family relies on their trust funds, set up by the domineering matriarch of the family, called Almighty. On Christmas, Almighty reveals that one of the family has so offended her that she will immediately disinherit the family and cut off their trust funds, unless the one who offended her confesses and apologizes. Which one? It wouldn't be nearly as fun for Almighty if she told, would it?

Which leads to the gimmick of the book: each of the three Sull
Aug 29, 2010 Jaclyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought I loved How to Say Goodbye in Robot, but this was even more my kind of story. At first I was a little people, yawn. But I quickly realized these were not just rich people. These were ECCENTRIC, FUNNY rich people. Which is a whole other matter. If you've ever read Nancy Mitford's stunning and hilarious novels, that will give you an idea of what you're in for. Except this is Baltimore, not England. (And of course it's not as witty as Nancy, NO ONE IS, but that is okay.) Th ...more
Feb 28, 2015 Arlenis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Este es, probablemente, el libro mas estúpido que he leído este año. Dios, ¿es en serio? Primero que nada, esperaba mas, es decir la sinopsis realmente prometía. Tenia buen argumento y todo lo que la autora logró fue esta cosa que acabo de leer. La escritura estuvo bien, si. Todo en cuanto a redacción y eso no estuvo mal, pero fue la historia y todos los giros que dio.

Primero empecemos con que está dividida en tres partes. Tres confesiones. Indispensables para que la abuela, alias "Almighty" vue
Henri Neto
Ah, a expectativa... Este monstro invisível e indesejável, que - querendo ou não - atormenta 9 entre 10 leitores. Eu tenho uma luta constante e infinita contra ela; muitas vezes eu ganho. Outras vezes, eu perco. No caso de "As Confissões das Irmãs Sullivan", eu tenho a ligeira impressão que perdi. E feio. Mas era meio inevitável. Afinal, depois que você lê "Como Dizer Adeus em Robô", não tinha como esperar algo abaixo de "incrível" para um livro da Natalie Standiford. Pois sim, ela elevou MUITO ...more
Apr 07, 2010 Carla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it's safe to say that this is going to be one of those "ZOMG! I am going to read this book forever and ever and ever and we'll live in a castle and everything will be so pretty and we'll live happily ever after" kind of reviews. Because you know what? I think I am dealing with a Favourite here. And the use of the capital is intentional because a small f just doesn't cut it. People, this book is just SO darn good it makes me want to buy every single person a copy, even people I don't know ...more
Becky B
I only actually read the first 1/4 of this book and then skimmed the rest, and read the last chapter. Grandma "Almighty" Beckford has written the Sullivan family out of her will because someone has offended her. A confession must be submitted within a week or they will all remain out forever. Though there are 8 people in the family, fingers are pointed at the 3 teenage girls, Norrie, Jane, and Sassy. The book is mostly comprised of their written confessions to Almighty (I'm serious, they call he ...more
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Jennifer Rayment
Sep 02, 2010 Jennifer Rayment rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 b
Dec 10, 2010 Nomes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mutli-pov, 2011
Random (quick) thoughts:

The humour in this is of the clever-quirky style, while I appreciate it (and it's many genius, smirky tendencies), I am more of a smiley-whimsical humour girl, myself. (ie: this wasn't entirely my thing.)

The story is presented epistolary style yet it doesn't necessarily read like letters ~ it's more chatty and first person (lots of dialogue recorded, etc).

All three sisters had a unique (and equally engaging) POV.

I love stories where random(ish) threads all come toget
Julia Nashif
Well, that was a huge let-down.

There were SO MANY big things going for this book. Angry rich grandparent threatens loss of inheritance? Makes everyone confess? Yes please! I probably would have given this 5 stars if it weren't for the ending, which is so awful is makes all the other flaws stand out too.

1. Why does everyone instantly blame the girls? As soon as Almighty (the grandma) says she's waiting for someone's confession, the Sullivans assume it was one of the daughters. Whyyy? Because it w
May 30, 2011 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall: A charming, eccentric and observant read. A gem of a book.


This book focuses on the lives of 3 sisters, who live in a huge old Baltimore house. We meet their friends, their brothers, their parents (Ginger and Daddy-O) and their vices. Yes, each sister has a confession, one confesses to love, one to pride and one to murder.

You’d think this novel would be darkly dangerous, another Pretty Little Liars, but it’s not. It’s much more soulful, it’s the story of a fa
Jenny Zimmerman
I loved Natalie Standiford's How to Say Goodbye in Robot, so I was very excited to get a chance to read her new book (due out in September) Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters. First, this book is very different from the other one - but I liked it a lot. It was a really fun read.

The Sullivans are an extremely rich Baltimore family - but they have all their wealth because of their filthy rich grandmother whom they call - Almighty - and boy does she live up to that name. She announces to the famil
May 27, 2010 Tasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
This is the second book from Standiford, who debuted with How to Say Goodbye in Robot. It will be released this month.

When their grandmother, Almighty Lou, tells the family that she has been offended and will cut them out of the will unless a confession and apology is made, everyone knows that it must be one of the girls who offended her. So the three teen Sullivan sisters write their confessions. One girl confesses to being in love and not following expectations. Another sister confesses to rev
Oct 20, 2010 Rebekah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun book. Three sisters, Norrie, Jane, and Sassy, each take a chunk of the book in their confession to their grandmother, Almighty. Each sister is unique and has her own view of what happened in the months leading up to Christmas. It was fun to read about Norrie's months and have small snippets of Jane and Sassy. Then to read Jane and Sassy's confessions and see Norrie through different eyes. While reading Norrie and Jane's confession, Sassy was a mystery. I could hardly wait to read her ...more
Mar 11, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford tells the story of three teenage girls who think they have offended their rich grandmother, nicknamed “Almighty Lou.” She has recently announced that she is dying and is cutting her entire family out of her will unless the grandchild she feels has greatly insulted her confesses her “crime.” Three of the grandchildren—Norrie, Jane, and Sassy—recount what they may have done to anger their grandmother so greatly. Norrie ran away from her gra ...more
Kate O'Donnell
Oct 03, 2011 Kate O'Donnell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is Christmas and Lou Almighty is very upset with the Sullivans. One of them has offended her and if she does not receive a written confession and apology by New Year's Day they will all be removed from her will, and therefore cut off from her substantial inheritance. The family - Ginger, Daddy-o, St John, Sully, Norrie, Jane, Sassy and little Takey - get together and decide who it could have been to offend their fearsome grandmother so much. Unanimously, they decide it must be one of the girl ...more
Apr 10, 2011 Skye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.

I've never read a book by Natalie Standiford before, but everyone I know who's read them has told me great things about them, so I had high expectations. And I was not let down.

The writing style was light and breezy, easy to read, and engaging. The majority of the book's written in the form of the three sisters' (Norrie, Jane, and Sassy) letters to their grandmother, and so it's written in the casual way you would talk to someone. With the
Jul 11, 2010 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having *loved* Standiford's last book (_How to Say Goodbye in Robot_), I was anxious to read this one, about the inner workings of one of Baltimore's richest and most powerful families. Almightly Lou, grandmother to the Sullivan children, and head of the family, calls the Sullivans together to let them know that someone in the family has wronged her, and must make amends immediately. The consequences will be dire: the entire family will be cut out of Almighty's will, if there is no apology. The ...more
3.5 out of 5 stars

My Summary: The Sullivan family is anything but normal, and they know it. Their grandmother, Almighty, is a rich socialite that demands respect from her grandchildren. But her granddaughters seem to have gone astray, and Christmas morning Almighty announces that unless one of her grandchildren - whom she claims offended her deeply - writes a written apology & confession and delivers it to her by New Years Day, she will cut the entire family out of the will and they will be
Apr 07, 2010 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almighty has been terribly offended. On Christmas morning, the Sullivan family circles around and learns that there grandmother, Almighty Lou, has a tumor and might not be around much longer. That itself is quite a shock, but when Almighty tells the family that they are being cut out of her will, and from a huge trust fund, and demands that the person responsible must confess by New Years Day, or her money will be donated to her favorite charity...Puppy Ponchos.
Sassy, Norrie and Jane have some c
Sep 07, 2010 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
When I saw the cover of this book, I feared Natalie had resorted to writing for book packagers again. Thankfully, I read on anyway. This novel is a fantastic effort, following on the heels of How to Say Goodbye in Robot. The three sections of the novel, each told by a different sister, reminded me a bit of Rachel Vail's Lucky trilogy, but with a voice all Natalie's own. I did find myself wishing, tim and again, that the novel would have been expanded into three separate novels. (I don't wish thi ...more
Maria Gonzalez
Oct 07, 2015 Maria Gonzalez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was a really amazing story. My favorite confession was of high school Norrie Sullivan's confession the reason this was my favorite is because i'm really into romance and i thought her confession was pretty cute! I have to admit Jane was one of my favorite characters, the reason why she was my favorite was because she sis not care what anyone thought of her. She always did what she wanted and wasn't afraid of anyone not even Almighty which was pretty scary. I also have to admi ...more
I feel like the only person who doesn't care for Natalie Standiford's books. Neither this one nor How to Say Goodbye in Robot did anything for me. Standiford's writing is good, her settings and plot are fine, but the characters are just... boring. They all seem so cold and self-involved. Like, the Sullivan sisters are all supposed to be best friends, but it didn't feel like they cared about each other at all. And Norrie's romance? Eh. Unlike what seemingly everyone else thinks, the characters an ...more
The Library Lady
I am sure that plenty of girls will be thrilled to read about the rich rich Sullivans and their confessions, but I found this one step up from Clique type books.

Natalie Standiford writes well. Her characters feel very real. Thing is, I don't like any of them--from patrician despot Grandma Almighty down to the cutesy-wutesy youngest boy.

And truthfully I'd like to have seen them lose their trust funds, their fancy house and have to live in one of those sections of Baltimore I'm sure none of them w
This book was completely different than what I had expected.

I was going in thinking this would be some sappy mellow drama of the rich and famous, but don't get me wrong I love those, instead this book had heart.

I enjoyed going through the different sisters confessions and seeing how they are actual people with personalities and not some thin layered hollow shell there so the story can unfold.

I was torn between four and five stars, but I decided on four because there were a few parts that I di
Dec 07, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it. I think the confession that the rich grandmother, Almighty Lou, really wanted was very reasonable on her part. I suspect that the reason so many readers felt that the ending was rushed was that they weren't ready to have the book end. Maybe they'll get a sequel, cause the characters were interesting, and belonged to a very nice family, even if there were an awful lot of things that required confessions!
Sayyeda Stark
Nov 27, 2011 Sayyeda Stark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome book with a verrry comical ending.

Of the three sisters, I love Jane. She's badass, she's awesome, and isn't afraid to piss of Almighty :)
Annie Carstairs
Sep 09, 2012 Annie Carstairs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-reading, funny
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Natalie Standiford, author of "How to Say Goodbye in Robot," "Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters," "The Secret Tree," "Switched at Birthday," "The Boy on the Bridge," and "The Only Girl in School," has written picture books, nonfiction, chapter books, teen novels, an entry in the 39 Clues series, and even horror novels for young adults. Standiford also plays bass in the rock band Tiger Beat, with ...more
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