Friday, March 19, 2010

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

book description:
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 Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell.

In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah's perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons, to Tootie's all-knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones, to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer.

This was a very enjoyable southern story loaded with eccentric characters.  It starts off with the sad and dysfunctional life that CeeCee has with her parents, but soon becomes a cozy and funny read.  It's full of positive and hopeful messages.  A very good book-4/5 


BookAddict said...

This sounds like a great one and one that would be right up my ally! I have only heard good things about it.

Literary Feline said...

I recently bought a copy of this one-- I just couldn't resist anymore. I think it was Denise's review that first turned me onto it. And that cover is irresistible. I am so glad you liked this one, Christine!

Christine said...

It's a book that can really be enjoyed and make you feel good. It's got some sad, funny, a little bit of everything.

BookAddict said...

I am reading it now, Christine, and I am really enjoying it! half way through.