3.22.2013

Book Club Friday | Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

This week I read: 
The description from Goodreads:
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 completely 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.
While Tootie is busy saving Savannah’s endangered historic homes from the wrecking ball, CeeCee encounters a cast of unforgettable, eccentric characters. From the mysterious Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in an outdoor tub under the watchful eyes of a voyeuristic peacock, to Oletta Jones, the all-knowing household cook, to Violene Hobbs, the loud-mouthed widow who entertains a local police officer in her yellow see-through peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer.
But CeeCee’s view of the world is challenged in ways she could have never imagined: there are secrets to keep, injustices to face, and loyalties to uphold. Just as she begins to find her ballast and experiences a sense of belonging, her newfound joy collides with the long-held fear that her mother’s legacy has left her destined for destruction.
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 intricate frailties and strengths of female relationships while illuminating the journey of a young girl who loses her mother but finds many others.
My thoughts:
I gave this book a 4 star rating for all the delicious Southern charm. Being from the South and living Savannah, I could picture, feel, and smell, everything that was described. With that being said, it is told from an 11 or 12 year old girls point if view. It is sweet and well written but not too much of an adult book.
I think it would be great for younger teenage girls and still good for adults looking for something light and uncomplicated.
It is a wonderfully written story that a woman of any age can relate to and enjoy. 

4 comments:

  1. i love a Southern setting :)

    not sure i could get into the young girl's mind set though...

    happy friday!

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  2. The premise of this book sounds great but I'm not sure of the POV. Maybe it'd be good as a "recovery book," which I need from time to time after emotionally intense ones. Thanks for sharing!

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