Jan 13, 2014

My first book review! Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Twelve-year-old CeeCee is in trouble. For years she’s been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille— the crown-wearing, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town. Though it’s 1967 and they live in Ohio, Camille believes it’s 1951 and she’s just been crowned the Vidalia Onion Queen of Georgia.

The day CeeCee discovers Camille in the front yard wearing a tattered prom dress and tiara as she blows kisses to passing motorists, she knows her mother has flipped. When tragedy strikes, Tootie Caldwell, a previously unknown great-aunt comes to CeeCee’s rescue and whisks her away to Savannah. Within hours of her arrival, CeeCee is catapulted into a perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricities—a world that appears to be run entirely by women.

Laugh-out-loud funny, at times heartbreaking, and written in a pitch-perfect voice, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is a spirited Southern tale that explores the intricacies of female relationships while illuminating the journey of a young girl who loses her mother but finds many others.

The above is the summary from the author's website. I purchased this book at the end of last year and couldn't wait to start. I absolutely loved it. The southern atmosphere completely dragged me in and I didn't want the story to end at all. CeeCee is a wonderful main character. She's been through a lot, but that doesn't mean she hasn't got any flaws. On the one hand she's more grown up than other girls her age, but on the other she still has a lot to learn. One of those things is to be a child again. Life is full of issues and even though CeeCee now has a more stable home living with aunt Tootsie she can't and shouldn't forget her past. Problems will always arrise and she has to learn to deal with quite many issues and obstacles along the way. I won't spoil anything here as you can better read it for yourself.
 I especially liked the friendship with the wise Oletta. I could totally picture life in Savannah even though I've never been there. The southern tone of voice is very well executed which gives the book something extra special. I can recommend this book to everyone and have done so many times already as we have it in our library. I could have borrowed it, but instead I had to have it as I expect this is a book I will read many times.

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