Friday, January 21, 2011

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford (NY: Scholastic, 2010).

This is a quick and easy read about a wealthy Baltimore family whose matriarch, the Almighty Lou (simply known as Almighty), announces on Christmas Eve that she is about to die and will cut the whole family out of her will unless the person who has displeased her apologizes in writing for his or her actions. The boys quickly decide that the girls have probably done something, so all the girls write confessions. Norrie, the oldest, has always been a good girl, but is now having a love affair with an older guy--she even ditches her debut to run away with him! Jane, the middle girl, has created a blog titled that details what she views as the sins of her relatives, past and present, including Almighty! The youngest girl, Sassy, feels responsible for the death of Almighty's third husband. Distinct and distinctly humorous, all the confessions detail complex family relations and unique characters.

Recommended for ages 13 & up. Sexual situations, language.

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