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....
After reading and loving Natalie’s debut, How to Say Goodbye in Robot, I was dying to get my hands on her sophomore novel. Luckily it far exceeded my expectations and landed Natalie on my favorite authors list.
The plot was ingenious. I loved how it tied together the confessions of three sisters and every page introduced something new and interesting. After their grandmother threatens to cut out the entire Sullivan family from her will because one of them had highly offended her, the three girls (Jane, Sassy, and Norrie) write out their confessions to hand to their grandmother with hopes that she will forgive them and reinstate the family into her will. From the first page I was addicted, I had to know what the confessions were going to be and how everything would work out for the Sullivans.
Natalie’s writing style is unique and awesome. I love how she always knows the perfect word to describe someone and she crafted this novel perfectly. By the end I was dying to know how things would end!
Reading each of the three sister’s confessions was my favorite part. I got attached to Norrie, Jane, and Sassy right away and it was awesome watching how their stories weaved and connected by the end. Seeing each girls’ perspective on things was refreshing and I felt like I was a member of the Sullivan family by the end.
Norrie, Jane, and Sassy were highly original and fabulous main characters. Although they were sisters, their personalities were each very different and yet they had a fantastic relationship with each other and the rest of their family. They called their mother Ginger, their father Daddy-O, and their grandmother Almighty. Some parts of this novel were laugh out loud hilarious and still others made me grip the pages wanting to know what would happen.
I don’t want to spoil anything by going into details of the confessions, but all I can say is I loved every minute of Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters and the ending was definitely surprising.
Overall, this is one novel you cannot miss. It was spunky, original, and very well written. I can’t wait to see what Natalie writes next!
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars