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
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Jul 11, 2018

"It’s what we believe about ourselves that determines how others see us”. This may not a famous quote, but it’s one of many I’ve kept after reading this book. It’s an affectionate story about a young girl who lives with her great-aunt after her mother dies. Although it’s a simple and uncomplicated plot, it is one of my favorite books due to the thoughts and feelings that are written within the pages.

CRRL_MegRaymond Mar 06, 2018

After the death of her larger-than-life mother, CeeCee is rescued by her great-aunt Tootie, and learns about other types of strong women.

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.

Aug 16, 2017

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

ArapahoeKati Feb 28, 2017

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

Aug 07, 2015

I loved this book!

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).

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.

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..

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Jul 11, 2018

"When a chapter of your Life Book is complete, your spirit knows it's time to turn the page so a new chapter can begin. Even when you're scared or think you're not ready, your spirit knows you are".


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