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The Sullivan Sisters Hardcover – June 23, 2020
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"This outstanding story features three memorable characters, the right amount of suspense, and a vivid rendering of the complexities of sisterly love. Absorbing and statisfying." -- Kirkus Reviews
"An engaging, rewarding, and realistic family drama for readers who enjoy juicy family secrets and murder mysteries." -- School Library Journal
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* "A sweet story told with intelligence, humor, and just the right amount of kissing." -- Kirkus Reviews, Starred
* "Winsome characters, crackling dialogue, and an effortlessly enjoyable writing style help this one stand out in the crowded contemporary YA marketplace." -- Publishers Weekly, Starred
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* "Beyond refreshing." -- Booklist, Starred
* "Whip-smart, funny, flawed, and compassionate, these are characters readers will want to know and cheer for. A clever, thoroughly enjoyable addition to the growing body of diverse teen literature." -- Kirkus Reviews, Starred
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A dead turtle right before Christmas doesn’t seem like it belongs in an inheritance story, but here we are.
It sounds a little outlandish for a contemporary mystery, but yes, a pet turtle does die only days before Christmas, and yes, his death is a catalyst. You see, the Sullivan sisters used to be close. These days, though, they’re lucky if they look at one another without fighting.
But when Siegfried kicks the bucket, an inheritance lands in the sisters’ laps, and a midnight road trip goes off the rails, everything is bound to change. Everything.
The charm of The Sullivan Sisters lies in absurdity meeting the mundane.
At first, the idea of all these major events colliding around Christmas, capped with the sisters’ mom winning a sweepstakes cruise and leaving for the holiday, struck me as far too much. But then again, I don’t often dive into contemporaries. Why not stick around and see how it shakes out? Maybe this is normal as far as contemporaries go.
And to tell the truth? I still don’t know if all this qualifies as normal. That said, it absolutely counts as engaging! From the start, I found myself hooked on the sisters’ POVs. Each one has a unique, forceful voice that leaves no doubt as to who’s behind the wheel for each scene, and despite their flaws, I came to love them all.
Murphy, I think, is the most endearing. The youngest sister, she can be a little annoying, but that’s what youngest siblings do. What’s more important is that she’s the catalyst behind the change the Sullivan sisters have to face. Sure, outside factors kickstarted their journey, but it’s Murphy that lies at the heart of it, keeping the wheels spinning.
Claire, the second sister, was actually my least favorite, but I suspect that’s an intentional choice on Kathryn Ormsbee’s part. After a rejection from her dream college, she spirals a little, desperate to regain control over the direction of her life. Regaining control, though, involves her pushing her sisters to the side, and looking down her nose at them. It makes for a great starting point in terms of her overall character arc, but also makes her the hardest sister to love.
And Eileen takes the cake for the most dramatic turnaround, in my eyes. Initially, she seems uncaring, even cold, and she’s an alcoholic in denial. Something she discovered two years ago turned her world upside down, and she withdrew as a result, cutting everyone off. But her growth over the course of the book struck me as truly heartfelt, and even if Murphy was the most endearing, Eileen was the most complicated.
The list of where The Sullivan Sisters falls short is, well, short.
Really, there were two major areas where I felt something was lacking. The first was the way Claire’s queerness was handled. She’s gay, self-professed, and while I love seeing more queer characters in books, that fact felt like a surface fact. On the one hand, queer characters don’t require romances to be queer. I feel so, so strongly about that. It’s part of the reason I’m looking forward to Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power this year. But on the other, it feels like a shallow declaration sometimes. I can’t tell if I need another reread, more time to think on it, or if this gut feeling is right.
The other issue I had, which was truly the larger one, was the reliance on miscommunication. On years of miscommunication. I can see on one hand how that’s the core of the story. Whose family doesn’t miscommunicate? In the case of the Sullivan sisters, it’s pretty extreme, but hey, that’s fiction, the nature of the beast. On the other hand, though, if the sisters and their mother just communicated, so very much of the plot wouldn’t have happened. Hell, the sisters would have never gone on their road trip investigation if they’d simply waited to talk to their mother.
Then again, this is in a lot of ways a book about learning to reconnect when you have failed to communicate in the past. That’s not a lesson learned when you communicate well in the first place. As a thematic element, it works quite well. It’s just that I’m personally never fond of miscommunication in such a critical role in a book.
Maybe you won’t inherit a rich uncle’s estate, but you might as well join the Sullivan sisters when they inherit theirs!
I place The Sullivan Sisters solidly in the enjoyable category, worth a read at least once, and I hope you come to feel the same way. It may not be a book to rave about until the end of time, but it’s still one to watch, one to take time to think about.
CW: loss of a loved one, alcoholism, animal death, gun violence mention, implied domestic abuse, suicide
The Sullivan Sisters is this wonderfully complex character driven mystery. There's something I love about each one of them: Murphy's optimism and energy, Claire's planning and vulnerability, and Eileen's fear and courage. At the same time, I couldn't stop myself from reading because there's not only this distance - this question of how did their relationship fracture - but also the mystery of their family secrets. You can feel the space between their memories and their present. Claire, one of the sisters, is also gay!
All three of the Sullivan Sisters were so different. They all had completely different hopes, dreams, and personalities from each other which made them really pop into reality fro me. Each one of them had their own kind of secrets that they were carrying and each of them had their own secrets that they were carrying. Those secrets were the driving force behind each of the girls' character arcs through out the book.
This book takes place in small town Oregon. The author really captured the feeling of small town hopelessness, especially where Claire is concerned. I wasn't a huge fan of Claire through the first half of the book, but her desperate need to get away from her home town really resonated with me. Small towns are like boxes and when you already feeling the other people in that box with you aren't going to accept you for who you really are that box gets smaller and smaller every day until you can't breathe. I think watching Claire become self aware towards her behavior was one of the most incredible parts of this book. Coming to terms with the fact that you, yourself, might actually be the problem is such a rough thing for a teenager, but that struggle was shown very well on the page in this book.
All three of the Sullivan Sisters were incredibly well written. It's rare for me to find a book where all of the characters have such clearly different voices to the point that it would be impossible to ever get them confused. This book is primarily character driven an it's done so well. Each of the girls had their own stories to tell and demons to face within the overall happenings of the book, but never once did I get bored with any of the point of views.
I really loved being included on the road trip that changed the Sullivan Sisters' lives. This is a story about three girls who had drifted apart and managed to find their way back to each other. If you like hidden family secrets, sister bonding, small Pacific Northwest towns, and even a little magic this is the book for you.
If you like mysteries, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Little Women, youtubers (or if you don't like youtubers) ... or have ever had a sibling or a dream, this book will be meaningful you. It might even make you cry — and it will definitely make you laugh.