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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Review - Beth Hoffman's Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

I had read about this book for months and people raved over the book. When I won it at Stephanie's blog I was delighted.

The story of a 12 year old in trouble with a mentally ill mother and an almost absentee father and how she tries to cope with day to day living. Suddenly her mother dies in a traffic accident and Aunt Tootsie turns up like a fairy godmother and whisks her away to Savannah from a grim house to a fairytale mansion complete with beautiful furnishings, wonderful food and an idyllic lifestyle.

For me the story would be perfect for young 12 year old's with its fairy tale descriptions and also its very happy ending. Too sweet for me - found the Southern aspects of the book too precious for me.

It is an ideal read for very young readers as apart from its very happy storyline it is also a good indication of the value of strong family links and ties.

11 comments:

bookdout said...

I've had this on my virtual shelf for quite a while!

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

Christina T said...

I enjoyed this book because of the setting (I love Savannah, GA and have relatives that live there) and the humor. It is a rather light story. For similar books with more depth to the story, I like The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd or The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew. Nice review!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I liked this one and thought the cover was awesome. Glad u gad a chance to read it even though it was not perfect.

bermudaonion said...

I'm sorry you didn't love this one. It was one of my favorites of 2009. I thought the Southern parts rang pretty true.

Anna said...

I really enjoyed the book because of Hoffman's writing and characters.

Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

I loved this one! Sorry you didn't enjoy it as much.

Marce said...

Mystica I kept on considering from the reviews but thought it would be to 'sweet' for me also.

BTW - You won on my blog, completely forgot to tell you, send me your address.

marceblogspot(at)hotmail(dot)com

RAnn said...

I've had this on on my list for some time. Good to hear a different view of it.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I really enjoyed this one! I had to read your review to see your thoughts.

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

This one is on my wishlist, even though I know it may be a bit sweeter than my normal taste. I sometimes find that "regional" type of books don't ring as well to those who don't live in the area (I've found this with Swedish and Norwegian tales).

Aisle B said...

i have this one on my pile for reading and i'm looking forward to it. Sorry to hear it was a bit different for you - will go in with renewed awareness.