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Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  70,366 Ratings  ·  8,261 Reviews
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
Audio CD, 254 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Penguin Audio (first published 2010)
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Miriam This book has humor, and deep spirit. I loved this story! Especially what CeeCee did with the bra... :-)
Julie Maybe not too young... have to know your reader and how much of adult women's wild life you want them hearing about! But the positive outcome…moreMaybe not too young... have to know your reader and how much of adult women's wild life you want them hearing about! But the positive outcome overrules a lot of that!(less)

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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
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
Oct 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

”Momma left her red satin shoes in the middle of the road. That’s what three eyewitnesses told the police. The first time I remember my mother wearing red shoes was on a snowy morning in December 1962, the year I was seven years old. I walked into the kitchen and found her sitting at the table. No lights were on, but in the thin haze of dawn that pushed through the frostbitten window, I could see red high-heeled shoes peeking out from beneath the hem of her robe. There was no breakfast waiting,
Apr 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was a total escape for me. I got lost in the world of precocious, 12-year old Cecelia Honeycutt who experienced growing up in a depressing Ohio home, with an absentee father and a psychotic mother that dies tragically.

Hope finally appears with a flare, upon the arrival of her unknown, great-aunt Tallulah Caldwell. Aunt Tootie drives CeeCee off to Savanna, Georgia, and a bright new life begins.

The book flowed with Southern charm, unforgettable characters, and everyday adventures filled
Jan 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-book

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
Feb 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, fiction
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
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
Rebecca McNutt
This book is a remarkable and creative story of a resilient girl who finds herself welcomed into her new home by a number of interesting people.
Dec 31, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Okay, Readers. I can see the local AMC marquee now -- "SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT" in scrolling big caps -- and, suitably, it's only a matter of time before Warner Brothers, Imagine, Touchstone, or maybe Castle Rock see the possibilities and potential of this hugely adored novel readers have fallen in love with.

I hope there will be a day when this amazing book's enlightening quotes, soul-inspiring words of wisdom, and beautifully developed characters are gathered from the pages and placed before o
Ruth Turner
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: southern-lit

What a wonderful, heart warming surprise this book was.

Exceptionally well written. It had me laughing out loud, crying into my hanky, and then laughing again.

The "unpredictable escapades of Miz Hobbs’s remarkable traveling brassiere" had me laughing until tears rolled down my face. Probably because it reminded me of my daughter, who hung one of my bras on a moose statue in a park in New Hampshire, took a photo and posted it on Facebook. I was in New Jersey at the time or I would have smacked he
This novel should come with a warning label - CAUTION: May cause sudden outbursts of uncontrollable laughter mixed with a few tears. A delightful fun read filled with flawed, eccentric, charming, and delightful characters. Hoffman certainly did a wonderful job portraying southern graces, charm, and nuances at their finest without going stereotypical overboard. And she deals frankly, yet emphatically, with the fallout caused from being raised in the eye of the hurricane with a mentally ill parent ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Great hysterical book set in Savannah. The characters were the best part. Another great southern fiction.
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was fantastic, I felt like I was in the story. The characters were so authentic and realistic they had me hooked from the beginning. I found myself getting choked up and then laughing out loud, a thoroughly delightful listening experience.

CeCe, is an isolated young girl who lives with her bipolar mother and an absentee father. She has no friends, or family that visit, her only real attachment is to an elderly neighbor who has loved and watched over her since she was a baby. After her
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet and tender book that delivers with plenty of southern charm. I loved the simplicity of this story. A full cast of wonderful colourful characters, it depicts the essence of southern hospitality in a heartwarming way. Although at the beginning the story is tinged with sadness it's delivered with a softness that makes you feel all gooey inside.

The women who rally around CeeCee when she goes to live with her Great Aunt in Georgia become paramount in changing CeeCee's life for the better with
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books, audio
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
Connie D
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
I loved everything about this book, the characters especially. I experienced every kind of emotion while reading this, but the smiles outweighed the heartaches.

Until I have time to write more, and to avoid spoilers, I'll just say that Ceecee's mother, once loving, sinks into psychosis, and twelve-year-old Ceecee ends out with a distant relative in Savannah. A wide variety of things happen in this book, but none felt forced, just the result of interesting characters.

P.S. The audio by Jenna Lami
Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Susan (aka Just My Op)
Jan 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Crystal Craig
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
"With a neighbour like mama who needed a TV."

“'I find all men to be very much like wearing high-heeled shoes—I love how pretty they make me feel, but by the end of the night I can't wait to get rid of them.'”

This book was just full of peaches and cream. What a delightful read. It reminds me of a book I read many years ago, Nora, Nora by Anne Rivers Siddons. It has the same small town southern feeling and similar kind-hearted strong women characters. I read in another review—someone compared thi
Jan 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
The opening blurb on Goodreads "Steel Magnolias meets The Help". Apt comparison for sure. Full of Southern charm with the subject of growing up female in the 60's handled tenderly. A slight twist in that the little girl in the story is not southern by birth, coming to live in Savannah after her mother dies in a freakish accident.
I found the cast of characters engaging and easy to love or not, and laughed out loud a few times with the antics of the often eccentric but thoroughly charming women.
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