February 20, 2011

Review - Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (audiobook)

Description from Goodreads

"For years, twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille. The tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town, Camille was a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when she is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt Tootie in her vintage Packard convertible."

I really enjoyed this character-driven novel. It's full of interesting and eccentric female characters who take CeeCee under their wing after her mother dies. It reminded me a little bit of another book I enjoyed, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. I guess I just can't resist coming-of-age tales set in the south in the 1960s! 
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is a little formulaic, but I can't complain too much because it's a formula that I  enjoy reading. 

Try Saving CeeCee Honeycutt if you are looking for a heartwarming story about a girl's journey of self-discovery.  

I listened to the audio version of this book. Narrator Jenna Lamia (who also narrated Skeeter's part of The Help) does an excellent job of capturing CeeCee's innocence while also portraying the older and more mature female characters. I just love her voice and its Southern charm - I think I could listen to her read the phone book and be entertained! 


Ms. Dawn said...

I LOVED this book...can totally see it being made into a family movie.

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