Saving CeeCee Honeycutt Author:Beth Hoffman At age 12, CeeCee realizes her mother, flouncing around Willoughby, OH, in prom dresses and matching shoes, is crazy and the town's laughingstock. Her father is never home, and nothing is going to change so CeeCee buries herself in books as an escape. — But her true liberation comes after her mother's tragic death when great-aunt Tootie s... more »weeps CeeCee off to Savannah. There, a group of powerful, independent women offer the young girl love, laughter and a new chance at life.« less
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This was a book about healing from a tramatic childhood. I really loved it, The characters were believable and very loveable. There was no bad language and had a great moral on many levels but not preachy...five stars for sure...
Enjoyable, but maybe a little too reminiscent of Steel Magnolias. The next door neighbor in this book seemed *just* like Ousier. I feel like this is a story that has been told a million times over with only a slight tweak in the characterization. Still, an excellent feel-good book for when you're having a lot of self doubt, full of quotable affirmations and "girl power".
I should also mention that I'm REALLY happy with the author's descriptions of Savannah. I can't tell you how many novels I have read where the author tries to capture the general idea of the city and just mucks it all up because they have an intimate knowledge. As a person who lived in the area for the better part of ten years, I can safely say that Hoffman hit the mark precisely when it came to painting an accurate picture of the appearance and geography of Savannah.
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman is a delightfully fun and easy, feel-good book about a twelve-year-old girl who, after her mother passes away, moves in with her great-aunt in Savannah, Georgia. There she settles in her new and unfamiliar surroundings and gets to know her long-lost aunt as well as a quirky set of Southern characters.
Tallulah Caldwell is CeeCee's great-aunt "Tootie." A kind widow who was never blessed with kids of her own, she makes room in her heart and home for CeeCee. CeeCee can't help but care for Aunt Tootie, and it isn't long before she also forms special bond with the maid, Oletta. Then there's the glamorous and sometimes mischievous neighbor, Thelma Goodpepper, who has a real live peacock and a claw-footed bathtub in her backyard. She likes to relax in the tub and watch the stars. Miss Hobbs is another neighbor, but she is not so congenial. She puts on airs and CeeCee has a bit of fun at her expense. For a girl who's just lost her mother emotional healing is long and hard road. But living with Aunt Tootie and her new friends is a wonderful cushion to fall back on. In the end we see that CeeCee's "...life had begun to blossom as sweetly as a Georgia peach."
(Beth Hoffman, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt (London: Pamela Dorman/Penguin Book, 2010), 259.)
I recommend this book for any age bracket. It's heart-breaking, heart-warming, and funny. Beth Hoffman has such a great writing style you won't want to put it down. Read other reviews at readinginthegarden.blogspot.com
I loved this book and thought it was well written. Most of the story takes place in Georgia, which is where I live, so I could really relate to locations and landmarks referenced in the book. It's a feel good book and I enjoyed it very much. I've already passed it on to 2 friends.