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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 Quee...more
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Penguin
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This book would be perfect for twelve-year-old girls, but it's just too precious for grown-up readers. Had it been published and promoted as a book for youngsters, I would have rated it higher and reviewed it more gently. But it was marketed as an adult book, so I'll rate and review it as such.

The writing, plot, and characters aren't all that bad for light fiction. I was able to finish it without hating it, which is increasingly rare for me with fluff novels. THE PROBLEM: There were a lot of op...more
Karla
I adore this style of writing, dripping with deep southern charm set in the summer of 1967 Savannah, Georgia. What a sparkling gem of a debut for Hoffman. I'm gonna have to compare this book a little because of the age of the main character to Secret Life of Bee's with a 12 year old girl named CeeCee living in Ohio, with her tender heart in shambles after the passing of her mentally-ill mother and having an absent father with no parenting skills. This event changes her life as she moves to live...more
Candy
I cried real tears at parts of this lovely story of young CeeCee Honeycutt, a little girl who suffers unimaginable loss at the hands of a mentally ill mother and unsympathetic father. But like the spider web-trapped hummingbird rescued in Chapt. 27 by pulling "the stickiest strings free of the bird's delicate wings," a community of concerned women carries out a similar attempt for CeeCee. In both cases, a wounded creature is allowed to enjoy the life it should. I loved this book that climbs from...more
Karen
A book very reminiscent of "The secret life of Bees", "Midnight in the garden of Good and Evil" and a book that at times is so predictable it feels like it has copied the dozens of other books that involve southern charm, race relations, mother daughter relations and young women who rise above disadvantage and ultimately triumph. At times the book would take a turn and I would think "but hasn't this plot line been in so many other books?" Even the names of the characters are so predictable of a...more
Deborah
I'm probably the only person in the U.S. of A. who didn't like this book. I just don't get what everyone sees in it. It was so sugary sweet I thought it was going to put me in a diabetic coma. And the characters were such steriotypes. Like the wise Oletta who says "Child, child, you've got a whole lot of healin' to do. But the Good Lord sent you to the right place. Ain't nobody walkin' this green earth got a bigger heart than Miz Tootie". Argh!! The author was constantly barraging the reader wit...more
Dawn
I wanted to give this book 2 stars, but that felt a little unfair. There’s nothing wrong with the book per se, but it definitely didn’t live up to my expectations. The story is about CeeCee, a young girl from Ohio whose mother just died. CeeCee goes to live with an aunt in Savannah, Georgia where she meets several eccentric Southern ladies. The story itself was fine, but I didn’t find a lot of substance there. The characters were all interesting enough, but pretty one-dimensional, and the storyl...more
Kathleen

Beth Hoffman wrote an incredible first novel. This book to my breath away and I could not put it down. Cee Cee Honeycomb is growing up with a very troubled mother and a father that ignores his entire family.
Cee Cee is on an emotional roller coaster. She does SURVIVE....

This book is full of Southern charm and I coould just see myself sitting with her on the porch and the beautiful gardens of Savannah.
Cee Cee meets and is taken care of by some wonderful people that I would love to call my friends...more
Jess
For some reason I was little hesitant to pick this book up. It's definitely not a book I would normally read, but it was one of my group's BOtM so I gave it a try. Despite my initial reluctance to try it, once I started reading I couldn't put it down.

CeeCee Honeycutt is a little girl who grew up in a house that was anything but normal. Her mother was constantly going through different moods, she had no friends to speak of, and her father was consistently leaving to go on business trips. When Cee...more
Cara
Aug 21, 2010 Cara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of southern lit
Recommended to Cara by: Valerie
"The afternoon sun sent fireworks of light sparkling off the hood ornament- a miniature silver angel with open wings and her arms stretched out in front of her, palms forward, as if she were ready to push aside anything that dared get in her way."

First off I want that hood ornament! Sadly they don't put them on cars anymore. *sigh* This quote really jumped out at me because it describes the story as a whole. Ceecee will be protected by the brave, fierce, and beautiful women of Savannah, and t...more
Lisa Kay
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) This was charmingly narrated by Jenna Lamia who convincingly sounds not only like an intelligent, forlorn little 12 year-old girl, but the many moods of CeeCee herself – worry, happiness, embarrassment, guilt, wonder, revenge, fear, grief, sadness, humor, forgiveness, and delight. Ms. Lamia performs the various accents, Northern and Southern, female and male, with distention and authenticity. There are some wonderful, touching scenes in this coming-of-a...more
Sarah
It wasn't the worst book I've ever read, but it was pretty flat, and I was disappointed after all the good reviews I read about it. And I had a lot of issues with the book that stopped me from really enjoying it:

The characters were pretty flat and stereotypical. The benevolent old Southern white society lady who saves her little grand-niece. Her grumpy-but-oh-so-loveable black maid. The smart but troubled young girl. The crazy mother. I was very aware that these were characters, made up by some...more
Maria
3.5 stars.

This book started well and up until page 200 or so, I thought it would be one of my favourite books ever. That's saying something as I read a lot of books. I loved the part of the story about CeeCee's aunt Lucille and her best friend, and the purple sofa; and I loved what Miz Goodpepper said about her bird cage. I also liked Mrs Odell's description of the Life Book. Those were very memorable and almost magical scenes and I would have liked to have seen more of that type of originality...more
Noeleen
Dec 28, 2012 Noeleen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sinead
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is a heart-warming, tender, poignant and charming story, sprinkled with a whole lot of love. It includes both very sad and very funny moments. Set in Georgia, it is a Southern tale full of quirky, eccentric, most lovable, resilient female characters. One of the aspects I enjoyed most was the fabulous names of the characters. In addition, I adored the descriptions of Savannah. I could almost imagine the beautiful houses, the characters, the town itself. I could almost tast...more
Jamaie
I'm about to say something startling, not to say that is out of the norm for me. This book was better than "The Help". There it is and yes, you read that correctly, so you don't need to check it again...LOL. I would seriously listen to this one on audio CD, though....excellently done! I have to be honest and say this book was a bit reminicent of 'The Help' in some ways...but I'm not willing to share what those things are, you would have to read it. I currently live in Savannah, GA...which is whe...more
Susan
Mar 25, 2010 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Southern lit
I am often a fan of Southern literature because it is frequently filled with colorful, eccentric characters, beautiful descriptions, and improbable situations. At its best, it is also infused with humor. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt lives up to the traditions and expectations.

Cecelia Rose (CeeCee) lives in 1960's Ohio with her increasingly unstable mother, who was the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen, and an increasingly absent father. Her mother, transplanted to the North, was never able to thrive there and...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
This book started out with an interesting premise. I love a mom who has gone crazy-train and thinks she's a beauty queen 24/7. But then it didn't go anywhere. Following her mother's death CeeCee moves to Savannah where apparently everyone is wonderful and everything perfect (Except Mrs. Hobbs who really isn't that bad. I didn't like Mrs. Goodpepper that much to be honest). It has a couple of false-starts where I think there will be action and plot starting but almost as soon as it's there they'v...more
Meg
Beth Hoffman's Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, set in the 1960s, is Southern fiction at its best -- poignant, lush and enveloping like breakfast in a sunny nook. That's pretty much how I felt while reading this story: wrapped up in a comfortable world with colorful characters willing to share their secrets with me. CeeCee is a bright, introspective young woman who absorbs everything she sees and desperately hopes she'll find security with her aunt in Savannah. That's what she seems to crave, more than...more
Bobbi
I was surprised that I did not like this book since it's had such good reviews. As you may know, it's the story of 12 year old Ceecee Honeycutt from Ohio who has been dealing with her mentally ill mother for years. Her father is mostly absent from their lives. After her mother's death, a wealthy great aunt takes her to live in Savannah where Ceecee meets lots of her aunt's friends most of them slightly eccentric.

Hoffman's characters are either very very good or very very bad. Her characters seem...more
Riley Carney
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is a beautiful story about self-discovery, family, and the quirkiness of human nature. It is touching and wise with a laugh-out-loud sense of humor. CeeCee is a wonderful narrator with an engaging voice and her perspectives are simultaneously moving, fascinating, and funny as she observes her eccentric Southern neighbors. Beth Hoffman deftly weaves CeeCee's story as she copes with grief and growing up while learning what it means to have real family. The descriptions are...more
Lisette Brodey
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is a lively, laugh-out-loud tale of what happens when the innocence and curiosity of youth meets the eccentricity and confidence of age and experience.

CeeCee Honeycutt has been living in Ohio with her mentally ill mother whose outrageous behavior has been a source of perpetual embarrassment for a very long time. CeeCee’s dad is usually gone for extended periods of time, leaving CeeCee bereft in the parental department. When her mother dies tragically, her father arranges...more
Jen
Not fond of this book.

Here's the recipe for this book:
Steal liberally from Pollyanna (including the prism scene), Fried Green Tomatoes(all our woes can be solved by talking to a wise Southern woman), and Steel Magnolias (Southern Belles having a slap down in public);

Add a pinch of Southern racial anecdotes ala The Help(although the maid never minds making food while everyone else has fun, she's just happy to be a friend, and on her feet all day.);

Add the author's own interest in decorating (a...more
Ward
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is like a warm cup of hot chocolate on a winter’s day. It’s just what the doctor ordered, immensely satisfying and makes you feel good all over. Its rich flavor, kaleidoscopic characters, delightful humor and all-too-real life lessons all combine to make it a novel to treasure.

Beth Hoffman’s, New York Times bestselling novel of a young girl, tells the story of CeeCee and her adventures following tragic happenings in her life. CeeCee, an only child whose mentally ill moth...more
Erincolleen
This was my book club's monthly pick, and that was the only reason I finished it. The characters are stereotypes, with one or two quirks tacked on to make them "eccentric". The conflict, where it exists at all, is neatly wrapped up so that CeeCee can learn a valuable lesson, PSA-style. The description is overwrought and repetitive (everything is "sun-dappled" and looks like "miles of lace"), and the voice seems to swing between 8 and 38 years old. There's no real continuing plot; the book is mor...more
Jennifer
When I first began reading, I thought "Hooray! I've found a 5 star book." I felt that way for the first half of the book. I loved the narrator, 12 year old Cee Cee, and I loved the details and descriptions of her crazy mother, even though they were at times quite sad. I also loved the descriptions of Savannah, Aunt Tootie, and Oletta. Things started going downhill when the conflict at Tybee beach was quickly and neatly wrapped up in a page! This really could have added depth to the story; instea...more
Christine
I read this a few weeks ago and somehow my review was lost. And now, sadly, I have to think about this book again. This is a terrible book. The story is about a girl whose mother goes crazy and dies and her father has no interest in parenting her. So she goes to live in a southern paradise with her great aunt, her black maid and an assorted cast of characters. But they love their colored help. Heck, they even invite them to their garden parties and give them TVs. And not only are they invited, t...more
Yolanda
I read a lot of books some very good and then some that are just okay. This one was wonderful. It left me with the feeling that I got when I read The Secret Life of Bees and The Help.
I confess that I am a sucker for a Southern Novel because even though I love with all my heart the Northwest I yearn for home sometime.
In the beginning of the book Ceecee lives with a mentally ill mom who she has to be a Mom too and as the book goes on her mom's death prompts a move to live with her Aunt Tootie in S...more
Cherie
I am not sure I can even put into words what a great read this book was for me. I loved every word.
I laughed and cried and felt so blessed to be reading this story. I cannot think of another word that covers what a wonderful feeling I had for the young girl in this story and all of the older women in her life that she met in Savannah, Georgia, where she went to live after her mother died.

She had no friends except an elderly woman neighbor for the first twelve years of her life. No getting aroun...more
Valerie
Another Debut novel that I enjoyed immensely. And it's based in the South again -1960s. As a whole, the story isn't as funny as I had first presumed it would be but that didn't take away from the story and there are some clearly funny parts. The beginning is mostly Cecilia with her insane (literally) mother but once her mother dies, Ceecee is in Savannah with her great aunt. The plot is basically how she comes into her own getting past the hurt. It's very character driven, the character being Ce...more
Pat
I probably would have enjoyed this book more, had I not just read The Help -- and this has many of the same themes and a similar location/time period. It was difficult to not compare the two, and Saving Cee Cee doesn't compare.

Basically it's about a young girl whose mentally ill mother dies, her absentee father sends her to live with a great aunt in Savannah. And she is "saved" by all the great women there, including the aunt's African American housekeeper. Having just read The Help, I was sensi...more
Patti
I can't recommend this book enough! I read it in one sitting! Saving CeeCee Honeycutt will be available in January, and if you received that bookstore gift card for the holidays, save it for this book.

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is the story of a girl who cares for her mother as she descends into madness, and her father is constantly away on business. CeeCee escapes as best she can into reading. Her mother is killed one day, and CeeCee finds out about the Southern branch of her family; her father le...more
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