Title: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
Author: Beth Hoffman
Release Date: October 26, 2010
Publisher: Penguin Books
Page Number: 306
Source: Young Adult Literature Class
Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her mother, Camille, the town’s tiara-wearing, lipstick-smeared laughingstock, a woman who is trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen of Georgia. When tragedy strikes, Tootie Caldwell, CeeCee’s long-lost great-aunt, comes to the rescue and whisks her away to Savannah. There, CeeCee is catapulted into a perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity—one that appears to be run entirely by strong, wacky 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.
A timeless coming of age novel set in the 1960s, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship, and charts the journey of an unforgettable girl who loses one mother, but finds many others in the storybook city of Savannah. As Kristin Hannah, author of Fly Away, says, Beth Hoffman’s sparkling debut is “packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart.”
4 out of 5 stars
CeeCee Honeycutt lives with her mentally unstable mother, Camille, in northern United States. Camille is obsessed with beauty pageants because when she was younger she won a large pageant. CeeCee is taking care of her mother as if she were her child, and when something severe happens, she goes to live with her Aunt Tootie. CeeCee isn’t happy about this right away, but learns to love Tootie and Oletta, the house cook. She moves down to Savannah and lives in a fancy southern house, and adjusts quickly to her new life. Cecelia makes friends with some neighbors and eventually a young girl she ends up going to school with.
This story is so touching and so sweet. The book is innocent, and was really fun to read. I love CeeCee because, like me, she’s a reader. I mean, reading about readers is one of the best things. Anyway. I really enjoyed this book because of the southern lifestyle that CeeCee got to live. I personally believe that I should live in the south in a fancy house and have fancy dinner parties and such. It would be so relaxing and nice. And there is sweet tea everywhere in the south. MMMM.
I really connected with CeeCee throughout this book, and I could definitely see myself rereading it in the future. I don’t particularly understand why this book was marketed towards adults, but I feel like any young reader would enjoy this book a lot. Along with the fun times you got to read about in this book, you also understood some of CeeCee’s other emotions as well. She was frustrated with both her parents, she was scared about starting a new life, she was angry, sad, happy. You felt the emotions with her, and I think that shows a great author.
I recommend this book if you like the south, enjoy young adolescent stories, and just want a good read. I would compare this book to Anne of Green Gables in a way because of the lightheartedness of the reading experience.
If you’ve read this let me know in the comments what you thought of it!