Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Book Review for Beth Hoffman's Saving CeeCee Honeycutt


New York Times Best Seller, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt was written by Beth Hoffman and published by Pamela Doorman Books/Viking in 2010. It is available for purchase at http://www.amazon.com/
Twelve year old Cecilia Honeycutt isn't your average little girl. Due to her father's job and his absence, CeeCee has spent the better part of the last few years caring for her mother. Camille Honeycutt is young, vibrant and the newly crowned Vidalia Onion Queen. The problem is, Camille Honeycutt isn't a beauty queen anymore but a mother with a seriously deteriorating mental condition. As Camille's mental health continues to unravel, CeeCee is forced to take care of her mother alone. When Camille is tragically knocked right out of her red pageant shoes and killed by a Happy Cow Ice Cream truck, CeeCee's father decides that the child would be better off with her aging and eccentric Aunt Tootie from Savannah, Georgia.
What CeeCee discovers in the deep south are lessons and friendships she might never have known without the tragic circumstances of her life.
A wonderfully warm tale with a thick southern drawl, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt made me laugh and sometimes even cry. Insanity, racism and even child neglect pull at the fringes of Hoffman's novel but somehow she finds a way to make Saving CeeCee Honeycutt different by focusing on the things we don't expect...good times, good friends & happy endings.
I read Beth Hoffman's book in the dead of winter but could somehow still smell the Magnolia blossoms and feel the thick, humid heat in the air as I turned the pages of this wonderful southern charmer. I am giving Saving CeeCee Honeycutt a 4-spider rating and recommending it to anyone looking for a different, lighter spin on the southern novel. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is a real gem and sweeter than molasses.
CK Webb

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