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Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  2,313 ratings  ·  372 reviews
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 the
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Liza Gilbert
Oct 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
I read this a few days ago and I don't have much to say except it reminded me of the days when I super-loved YA. Just a few hours with a well told story. No frills or annoyances.
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I am so glad that I stumbled across this book. I picked Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters up at a library book sale for a dollar a while back and finally read it recently. It reminded me why I love some contemporary young adult titles. I read most of this book in one sitting, as I found this book rather hard to set down. The writing is phenomenal and the characters really came to life. This quick read is far too under-r
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Jennifer Rayment
Sep 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 rated it liked it
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
I picked this book up at the library on a whim. Little did I know how...odd it was. First of all, the description is officially the worst one ever, worse than My Name is Rapunzel, which has an AWFUL description. Anyway, here's my new and improved version:

Meet Norrie, Jane, and Sassy. They're the rising generation of the Sullivans, a family in Baltimore, Maryland. They each have a story of their own:

Norrie is in love. She's never felt like this before. The only problem is this: he's 25-and in gra
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 19, 2010 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Kate O'Donnell
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Maria Gonzalez
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-books
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 rated it liked it
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!
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
Shelves: light-reading, funny
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