Monday, March 29, 2010
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman is a Southern charmer.
Cecelia Rose (CeeCee) Honeycutt lives in Willoughby Ohio with her mentally ill mother. Her father, unable to handle his wife's illness, works as a traveling salesman. Seldom home and completely unhelpful to CeeCee when he's there, she bears the brunt of her mother's illness on her own. Until the day her mother is hit and killed by an ice cream truck.
In swoops great-aunt Tootie to scoop CeeCee up and take her home to Savannah Georgia. The summer that follows brings many different women into CeeCee's life with experiences that thrill and amaze her. There are flashbacks to "episodes" of her mother's mental illness, triggered by events in her "new" life.
CeeCee is 12 going on 40 and has seen a lot so she makes for a very mature 12 year old. Sometimes reading it I had to remember this girl is only 12. I love stories set in the 60s, as this one is, and this was no disappointment for me.
A light read with lots of charm. I highly recommend it.