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Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel (edition 2010)

by Beth Hoffman

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Title:Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel
Authors:Beth Hoffman
Info:Penguin Books (2010), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 320 pages
Collections:Your library, Fiction, Read
Rating:****1/2
Tags:Fiction, mental illness, motherless, accident, overachiever, beauty queen, moving, friendship, dysfunctional family, books, school, cook, Nancy Drew, party, fight, Georgia

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A 4* because it was light, airy and a good book group choice.
Hearing the book rendered so effectively was part of the joy of entering CeeCee's world.
Between Willoughby, Ohio and Ga....the locales were familiar and had personal meaning.
A simply "fun " book to listen to. ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 25, 2016 |
nice story, enjoyable characters and beautiful cover. A young girl must care for her psychotic mother and is constantly embarassed and burdened by it. Her father is often away on business. Suddenly her mother dies and she is sent to live with her mothers relative since her father shows no interest in a "family life" . The reader accompanies her on her journey of processing her feelings for her parents, learning to love herself and let herself be loved, and making her first friendships of her childhood. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
nice story, enjoyable characters and beautiful cover. A young girl must care for her psychotic mother and is constantly embarassed and burdened by it. Her father is often away on business. Suddenly her mother dies and she is sent to live with her mothers relative since her father shows no interest in a "family life" . The reader accompanies her on her journey of processing her feelings for her parents, learning to love herself and let herself be loved, and making her first friendships of her childhood. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
What a nice summer book! A real feel-good book, with its share of life's issues, but not too heavy on the downers and very numerous lighter moments. Very nice, light read. ( )
  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
Team 5 (High Fives): Reader 4: Tag: Mental Illness

Saving CeeCee Honeycut, Beth Hoffman (306 pages)

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CeeCee Honeycut is twelve years old and the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille. Camille is living in the past as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. CeeCee's father is a traveling salesman and rarely if ever comes home. CeeCee's only friend is the kindly Mrs. Odell who helps CeeCee through the rough patches with her mother.

When Camille is struck down by an ice-cream truck while crossing the street on her way to the Goodwill Store to purchase more prom dresses, CeeCee's Aunt Tootie comes to "save" CeeCee. CeeCee moves to Savannah w/ Aunt Tootie. There she meets Aunt Toot's eccentric neighbors, makes friends w/ Oletta (Aunt Tooties cook), and begins school....

What a wonderful book, unlike many on the subject of Mental Illness, this book did not dwell on the depressing aspects...nor was the mental illness of CeeCee's mother the major subject of the book. The story of CeeCee flowed easily, held my interest and was filled with warmth and humor. The characters were warm and likeable. Because the story wasn't depressing I was able to read this pretty quickly...... ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
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Saving CeeCee Honeycut ((Beth Hoffman)

Set in the 60's Cecilia (CeeCee) Honeycut just wants to be an ordinary girl. Living in Ohio with her mother and father, she is not sure what normal is. Her mother is mentally unstable, while her traveling salesman father is never home. CeeCee seems to be the mother as she watches over and takes care of her "crazy" mother. Then one day, unexpectedly her mother dies. Soon CeeCee finds herself in another world when her great Aunt Tootie, comes to take her to Georgia, to live with her.

Saving CeeCee Honeycut, was a wonderful (emotional) read. Well written Ms. Hoffman grabs the readers attention and won't let go until the perfect ending. Colorful unforgettable characters, laugh out loud, moments, a perfect coming of age story. I look forward to more work from Beth Hoffman.
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This book is dedicated to Marlane Vaicius, the best friend a girl could ever hope to find, Marlane, you are my Dixie. And: In loving memory of my great-aunt, Mildred Williams Caldwell of Danville, Kentucky, the remarkably generous and wise little woman who ignited the flame that inspired this book.
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I made a mental note that if I ever needed help from a man I would make him a pie. I wondered if that's why my dad didn't come home much anymore. As far as I knew, Momma never once had baked him a pie.
The truth fell on me like a piano. Though I had no idea what lay ahead, there was one thing I knew for sure: wherever I was going, it had to be better than where I was.
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Read Beth Hoffman's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.

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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"Steel Magnolias" meets "The Help" in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom. Laugh-out-loud funny, Hoffman's charming work offers the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others. For years, 12-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town. 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 from Savannah, Tootie Caldwell, who whirls CeeCee into her world of female friendship, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart.… (more)

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