Saving CeeCee Honeycutt – Beth Hoffman

Title: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
Author: Beth Hoffman
ISBN: 978-0670021390
Pages: 320
Release Date: January 12, 2010
Publisher: Viking Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

Cecelia Rose Honeycutt is only twelve years old and is already responsible for her mentally unstable mother.  Her father has virtually abandoned them both, unable to deal with his wife’s highs and lows, and leaving poor CeeCee to cope with her madness. 

Just when CeeCee thinks she can’t take it anymore, the unthinkable happens and her mother meets with tragedy.  CeeCee’s life changes completely, and she begins to blossom in an environment surrounded by strong, independent women who care for her welfare.

Review:

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is a book that’s difficult to classify in terms of genre.  It’s not women’s fiction because the protagonist is only twelve years old, but it’s not YA either.  It’s set in the 1960’s, so it could be historical fiction, but the novel is much more about the characters than the history.  It really is a Southern fiction novel, if that can be considered a genre of its own.

CeeCee is an absolutely wonderful character.  Often, it’s frustrating to read novels where children are the narrators because they speak in the voices of adults.  It’s difficult to write a convincing child without making her too precocious or unbelievably smart.  However, Hoffman pulls it off like an expert – CeeCee is warm, sweet, and very intelligent, but it’s clear she’s still a child.  Her emotions aren’t ridiculously complex, yet she isn’t annoyingly immature.  Because of the situation with her mother, she’s been forced to grow up too fast for a child her age.  She’s incredibly complicated, yet her wonderful simplicity is what makes her so appealing.

Hoffman touches on a lot of different serious issues in Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, including mental illness and racism, yet they never drag the book down.  This is a light, sweet novel full of Southern charm.  Hoffman doesn’t shy away from these problems, but she manages to tackle them in such a way so that the innate goodness of this book remains intact.

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is a novel I’d handsell – it’s extraordinarily sweet, but is never sappy or corny.  Reading this book restores a little bit of innocence in a world that can be dark, ugly, and cruel.  It was a wonderful read that I definitely recommend.

Comments

  1. I’ve heard such great things about this book and I’m glad to see that it actually lives up to the hype. I have this on my list of books to buy ASAP. It sounds like such a good read and I can see what you mean about what genre this book would be classified under – I suppose just general fiction (but the way book shops work, it’ll surely be under women’s lit or chick lit). Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the review!!

  2. I’ve heard such great things about this book and I’m glad to see that it actually lives up to the hype. I have this on my list of books to buy ASAP. It sounds like such a good read and I can see what you mean about what genre this book would be classified under – I suppose just general fiction (but the way book shops work, it’ll surely be under women’s lit or chick lit). Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the review!!

  3. *whining and whimpering* Wah, I wanna read this! *glances at the towering ARC-alanche pile*

    Someday, I guess.

    I really enjoyed your review of this book. I like that it doesn’t fit neatly into a genre.

  4. *whining and whimpering* Wah, I wanna read this! *glances at the towering ARC-alanche pile*

    Someday, I guess.

    I really enjoyed your review of this book. I like that it doesn’t fit neatly into a genre.

  5. This is definitely becoming one of the books to read in 2010. Every review is telling me the same thing, and that is I’m missing out! Great review!

  6. This is definitely becoming one of the books to read in 2010. Every review is telling me the same thing, and that is I’m missing out! Great review!

  7. Thank you for your lovely review!

    Your understanding of CeeCee’s complex yet simple nature — her ability to be a little girl one moment and an almost-budding adult the next — those were among the things I worked so hard to achieve. I’m thrilled you enjoyed CeeCee’s story.

    I hope to meet you one of these days, perhaps at BEA!

  8. Thank you for your lovely review!

    Your understanding of CeeCee’s complex yet simple nature — her ability to be a little girl one moment and an almost-budding adult the next — those were among the things I worked so hard to achieve. I’m thrilled you enjoyed CeeCee’s story.

    I hope to meet you one of these days, perhaps at BEA!

  9. I loved this book, too. It was one of my favorites of 2009. Great review!

  10. I loved this book, too. It was one of my favorites of 2009. Great review!

  11. I really want to read this one. I added it to my TBR list a few weeks ago. Great review!

  12. I really want to read this one. I added it to my TBR list a few weeks ago. Great review!

  13. This is such a wonderful book. I will be talking it up at my book club meeting next week. I loved it!!

  14. This is such a wonderful book. I will be talking it up at my book club meeting next week. I loved it!!

  15. I think everyone has loved this book!

  16. I think everyone has loved this book!

  17. This book has had so many positive reviews lately that I feel I must move it up my list. I’m actually thinking this could have been a good pick for my book club (too bad I already picked something else) since it sounds light enough to appeal to all but there would still be plenty to discuss!

  18. This book has had so many positive reviews lately that I feel I must move it up my list. I’m actually thinking this could have been a good pick for my book club (too bad I already picked something else) since it sounds light enough to appeal to all but there would still be plenty to discuss!

  19. I’ve read a lot of good reviews on this book, so I’ll definitely check it out.

  20. I’ve read a lot of good reviews on this book, so I’ll definitely check it out.

  21. I have heard nothing but good things about this book. I have it waiting on my shelves and I hope to get to it before the end of the month.

  22. I have heard nothing but good things about this book. I have it waiting on my shelves and I hope to get to it before the end of the month.

  23. What a great review. I also loved this book!

  24. What a great review. I also loved this book!

  25. I just got a copy of this one. Can’t wait to read it!

  26. I just got a copy of this one. Can’t wait to read it!

  27. Loved this one and Beth Hoffman is one of the most gracious authors you’ll meet.

  28. Loved this one and Beth Hoffman is one of the most gracious authors you’ll meet.

  29. Loved this one and Beth Hoffman is one of the most gracious authors you’ll meet.

  30. Loved this one and Beth Hoffman is one of the most gracious authors you’ll meet.

  31. I’ve heard good things about this book. I need to read it as well.
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  32. I’ve heard good things about this book. I need to read it as well.
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

  33. I am so looking forward to reading this book. Seems like everyone is loving it.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  34. I am so looking forward to reading this book. Seems like everyone is loving it.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  35. I LOVED this book and your review is beautifully done. 🙂

    It was such a fast read that I was sorry for it to end. I felt so at home with the characters that moving to Savannah is on my list of things to do. 😉

  36. I LOVED this book and your review is beautifully done. 🙂

    It was such a fast read that I was sorry for it to end. I felt so at home with the characters that moving to Savannah is on my list of things to do. 😉

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