Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
Date Read: November 2011
Genre: General Fiction, Womens Fiction
Steel Magnolias meets The Help in Beth Hoffman’s New York Times bestselling Southern debut novel, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
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."
Publisher: Penguin Books
Read for Fun (Bookclub)
Overall Rating 4.25
Story Rating 4.00
Character Rating 4.50
Note: I read this for book club and so glad it was the pick! I haven’t read a really great southern gal story since The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (which I liked better than The Help).
What I Loved: CeeCee, Aunt Tootie, Olette, and Mrs. Odell are just divinely written strong women characters. While CeeCee is in desperate need of these 3 women, I think they needed her just as much. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is filled with love, fun, healing hearts, and some Kleenex worthy moments. I dare you not to fall in love with these wonderful characters. I laughed out loud quite a few times and not sure I will ever think of slugs quite the same way again!
What I Liked: The Life Book is such a wonderful concept! I want to look at life the way that Mrs. Odell, Olette, and Aunt Tootie do. I think it is important to be kind, think optimistic, and be thankful of all the good things. This book also was great at showing how important reading is to young people–it is their escape and should be promoted.
Why I gave it a 4.25: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is going on my “to keep” shelf and will be read anytime I need a pick me up!