dreamingbear (dreamingbear) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book log #7: Saving Ceecee Honeycutt (An entry for the MIARC)

Title:Saving Ceecee Honeycutt
Written by:Beth Hoffman
Narrated by:Jenna Lamia
Genre:Fiction: Chick-Lit, Drama

Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom.

Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town-a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell.

In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah's perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by 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.

Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

This was a very sweet, touching story. It was great to hear another book narrated by Lamia; her voice is so easy on the ears and she picks up the quirks of the characters so well. It was also wonderful to revisit Savannah and all its quirks and charms, if only vicariously. ;-)

This might almost qualify for the Mental Illness Advocacy Reading Challenge</a> because of one the plot lines does revolve around how mental illness can affect a family. However, the illness is never fully / properly diagnosed, so the book may not be fully relevant. It's a fairly gray area, so I'll leave it up to you to decide.

7 / 75 books. 9% done!

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