Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

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Book - 2010
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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: New York : Penguin Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9780143118572
0143118579
Branch Call Number: HOFFMAN
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 20 cm.

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8863032lib
Feb 05, 2019

Great story. Looking for me

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WoodneathShirlee
Jul 11, 2018

"It’s what we believe about ourselves that determines how others see us”. This may not a famous quote, but it’s one of many I’ve kept after reading this book. It’s an affectionate story about a young girl who lives with her great-aunt after her mother dies. Although it’s a simple and uncomplicated plot, it is one of my favorite books due to the thoughts and feelings that are written within the pages.

CRRL_MegRaymond Mar 06, 2018

After the death of her larger-than-life mother, CeeCee is rescued by her great-aunt Tootie, and learns about other types of strong women.

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Reads_A_Lot
Sep 01, 2017

A cute, feel good book set in the 60's. CeeCee loses her mother but gains a number of loving mother-figures. Enjoyed the whole cast of characters that come into CeeCee's life. Their little adventures and the southern atmosphere were totally entertaining. I wanted to move right in with Aunt Tootie and Oletta.

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sasie
Aug 16, 2017

A really lovely beach read type of book that was great escape reading for me. Charming and heart warming.

ArapahoeKati Feb 28, 2017

One of my favorite novels set in the south. Enjoy with a big ole glass of your mama's sweet tea.

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mindybuck
Aug 07, 2015

I loved this book!

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gusmcrae
Apr 03, 2015

This is a beautiful coming-of-age story, set the in mid-1960s in Savannah. I'm quite partial to Savannah, and really savored the vivid descriptions of the beautiful architecture and gardens that populate its many squares. I also love most any novel set in the South. I don't know why it appeals to me so much, but I can't help but be drawn in to its sweltering locales populated with the most extravagant folks you'll ever meet. And "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt" is certainly populated by some interesting ladies! I certainly laughed a lot as CeeCee became acquainted with her neighbors.

One note on this book. Some have said it's almost a YA novel. And, I would agree with that, but there are some more "adult" scenes that pop up that keep it from being totally YA. I do think a high schooler would probably highly enjoy this novel (as would just about any adult needing an escape into a colorful and warm world).

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GLNovak
Mar 06, 2015

This story of twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is really a children's book. I think it would be a hit with adolescent and early teen girls. We meet CeeCee the spring that her mother is hit by a car and killed. She has cared for her manic depressive mother since she was seven when her father abandoned them; her only friend an elderly lady living next door. Now she is alone, and who should show up but her Aunt Tootie like a knight to the rescue. From here on the story is one sweet thing after another. It got quite saccharin for me, but I know that others do enjoy a feel-good story and this is definitely one. CeeCee is saved by a very caring village of gushy southern exuberance. Her father even becomes a good guy.

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AmandaG7
Nov 26, 2014

A very sweet and warming book. My only problem was that everything worked out too perfectly to be believable.

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WoodneathShirlee
Jul 11, 2018

"When a chapter of your Life Book is complete, your spirit knows it's time to turn the page so a new chapter can begin. Even when you're scared or think you're not ready, your spirit knows you are".

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