Cover of "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Nove...

Cover of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
Published January 12th, 2010
The Penguin Group
ISBN: 0670021390

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is the January pick for the Last Saturday Book Club. I hadn’t heard of it before and I don’t believe I would’ve picked it up based on the cover or reading the jacket. This is Beth Hoffman’s debut so I was really going in blind.

After the untimely death of her mentally ill mother, 12-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt goes to Savannah to live with her well-to-do Great Aunt Tootie. CeeCee meets Tootie’s cast of friends, each a bigger character than the next. Antics ensue, tears are shed, and spoiler alert then there is a big garden party before our titular heroine goes to private school. The end.

There are a lot of really big things going on in this book. Mental illness, death, racism, classism, infidelity, dishonesty, and child abandonment, just to mention a few of the themes. I don’t feel sad for any of the characters though and I believe it has everything to do with how it was written. A lot more could’ve been made of this book.

The main issue is that the author, Beth Hoffman, tied up each problem in a neat little bow disguised as wise words from an older woman. Or, conversely, is the bigot next door in the hospital? Well then the 12-year-old white girl should talk the black cook into going for a swim in her pool! YAY!

There were only a few times where I felt connected to any of the characters but it didn’t last long since the scenarios were too outlandish or too easily cleaned up.

Goodreads rating: 3 of 5 stars

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