Saving CeeCee Honeycutt; Beth Hoffman
Twelve year old Cecelia Rose (CeeCee) Honeycutt is the sympathetic narrator of this marvelous coming of age story set in the early 1960's. CeeCee's life was anything but normal. Her mother Camille is mentally ill, and often lives in the past (1951) the time when she was crowned, Vadalia Onion Beauty Queen. Her father Carl is a traveling salesman, unable to cope with his wife's behavior, he is gone for long periods of time, leaving Cee Cee to watch over her mother. Camille's favorite pass time is shopping at the Good Will Store, always adding to her collection of prom gowns and fancy shoes. She is the joke of the neighborhood when she strolls around town in her red lipstick, a prom gown and a tiara. CeeCee is friendless (because of her mother), so she escapes into the world of books, schoolwork, and her kind elderly neighbor, Mrs O'Dell.
When CeeCee's mother dies tragically, her father arranges for her to move from Ohio to Savannah, Georgia with her great-aunt Talullah (Tootie) who she has never met. She must leave her father, Mrs. O'Dell, her school and the only home she has ever known. Little does she realize it, but great-aunt Tootie, her cook and maid Oletta, and friends will be the best thing that could have ever happened to her. Together these wonderful women provide CeeCee with the love and laughter she so desperately longed for, and in the process they enable her to come to terms with her past, and to embrace her new life.
MY THOUGHTS - A sad, but hopeful story with memorable characters you will not easily forget. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is an amazing debut novel. It is one of those rare books that will stay with you long after the final page is turned. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
(Sent to me by the author for review)
Checkout this great video about what inspired the Beth Hoffman to write this wonderful book.