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Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
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May 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: arcs-freebies, pamela-dorman, penguin
Read from May 10 to 11, 2011

CeeCee Honeycutt has had to endure more in her short life than most people do in a lifetime. Her father is constantly absent, and her mother may as well be for all the care she takes of CeeCee. Mrs. Honeycutt's dramatic mood swings, hallucinations, and flamboyant delusional behavior make her the laughingstock of Willoughby, Ohio, and embarrass and frustrate CeeCee.

And when CeeCee's mother dies suddenly, it's hard for her to know how to feel. Her father isn't up to taking care of her anymore now than he was before, but her unknown Great Aunt Tootie is another story. CeeCee embarks on a journey to Savannah, Georgia, and finds there a diverse group of women who all have something to write in CeeCee's Life Book. Whether flinging slugs into the nosy neighbor's backyard or treasure hunting at the beach, CeeCee's making friends and learning how to live without her mother.

Beth Hoffman has created a cast of kooky, heartwarming characters with southern charm (and silly floral hats) who show great compassion and care for a lost girl struggling with all the guilt, loss, and fear that her mother's death has left her with. It's a sweet story that leaves you feeling good about CeeCee's future.

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