Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

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Book - 2010
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Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom

Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town-a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell.

In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah's perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons, to Tootie's all-knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones, to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer.

Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

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Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books-Viking, 2010
ISBN: 9780670021390
Branch Call Number: FIC Hoff
Characteristics: 306p

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Reads_A_Lot
Sep 01, 2017

A cute, feel good book set in the 60's. CeeCee loses her mother but gains a number of loving mother-figures. Enjoyed the whole cast of characters that come into CeeCee's life. Their little adventures and the southern atmosphere were totally entertaining. I wanted to move right in with Aunt Tootie and Oletta.

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sasie
Aug 16, 2017

A really lovely beach read type of book that was great escape reading for me. Charming and heart warming.

AL_KATI Feb 28, 2017

One of my favorite novels set in the south. Enjoy with a big ole glass of your mama's sweet tea.

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mindybuck
Aug 07, 2015

I loved this book!

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gusmcrae
Apr 03, 2015

This is a beautiful coming-of-age story, set the in mid-1960s in Savannah. I'm quite partial to Savannah, and really savored the vivid descriptions of the beautiful architecture and gardens that populate its many squares. I also love most any novel set in the South. I don't know why it appeals to me so much, but I can't help but be drawn in to its sweltering locales populated with the most extravagant folks you'll ever meet. And "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt" is certainly populated by some interesting ladies! I certainly laughed a lot as CeeCee became acquainted with her neighbors.

One note on this book. Some have said it's almost a YA novel. And, I would agree with that, but there are some more "adult" scenes that pop up that keep it from being totally YA. I do think a high schooler would probably highly enjoy this novel (as would just about any adult needing an escape into a colorful and warm world).

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GLNovak
Mar 06, 2015

This story of twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is really a children's book. I think it would be a hit with adolescent and early teen girls. We meet CeeCee the spring that her mother is hit by a car and killed. She has cared for her manic depressive mother since she was seven when her father abandoned them; her only friend an elderly lady living next door. Now she is alone, and who should show up but her Aunt Tootie like a knight to the rescue. From here on the story is one sweet thing after another. It got quite saccharin for me, but I know that others do enjoy a feel-good story and this is definitely one. CeeCee is saved by a very caring village of gushy southern exuberance. Her father even becomes a good guy.

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Nov 26, 2014

A very sweet and warming book. My only problem was that everything worked out too perfectly to be believable.

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occy
Oct 09, 2014

Just loved this novel. Was sorry to see it come to an end. Some of the characters sort of reminded me of the characters in the movie "Steel Magnolia". Delightful read..

LaughingOne Sep 02, 2014

I loved this novel! I loved the language and the descriptions. Hoffman definitely has a way with words. CeeCee had to take care of her mother from age 7 until her mother died when CeeCee was 12; her father was rarely there. Because of her circumstances, CeeCee did not have any friends her age. She had her next door neighbour, an elderly woman. When she moved to Savannah she still only had older women in her life. They were/became her safety net. But the lack of kids her age in her life added to her insecurity about going to school in the fall.
One of the comments said that once CeeCee's mom died and CeeCee moved, the plot became boring. I disagree. It was less intensely dramatic, but plenty of interesting and even scary things happened after the move. I was kept interested the entire book. I've already read the second book and am looking forward to more.

rowanquincy Dec 20, 2013

A pleasure to read. Interesting story and characters. I will look for other books by this author.-

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