Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publish Date: September 1, 2010
Hardcover, 320 pages
Why I read this: I like this type of book - three sisters who have to own up to a secret that one of them has done to hurt their grandmother just so they can continue to live the type of life they are use to. I seem to like books that include scandal amongst the life of the rich.
How is the novel driven: Character - this is all about the three sisters and what each of them considers to be the reason they have made their grandmother want to dis-inherit them.
My thoughts: This book fully lived up to my expectations - it wasn't as catty as I expected it to be, in fact it was rather light-hearted and fun. But still my expectations were met. It was a quick easy read and I loved reading about each of the girls and what they felt they had done wrong. No, not one of them was perfect, but I think each girl learned a lot about herself through having to do this exercise and that is what made the book enjoyable. There were some truly laughable moments and the book as a whole was just completely enjoyable.
It was divided up into three main sections, one for each of the sisters, Norrie, Sassy and Jane, written as a confession to the Almighty, their grandmother. The fact they referred to their grandmother as the Almighty is one of the things that made this book - the humor is subtle at times and a lot of fun.
One thing I really enjoyed was the closeness of the family. The parents were slightly out there, but the brothers and sisters do know how to band together even though two of the brothers are away at school. I liked their camaraderie. Sure they fought as well, but they clung to each other and it was an endearing aspect to the book.
A great quick young adult read that will leave you smiling at the end.
My Rating: 4.25/5.0
About the Book:
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....
About the Author:
Natalie Standiford is originally from Maryland, the setting of her two Scholastic Press novels. She now lives in New York City.
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