Monday, July 9, 2012

Book Review: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman


Title: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
Author: Beth Hoffman
Genre: Adult Fiction, Realistic Fiction
Publication Date: October 26, 2010
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN-13 Book: 978014311857
Audiobook Publisher:  Penguin Audio
Length:  8 sound discs (10 hr.)
Disclosure: I purchased a copy of the book from Barnes and Noble and checked out a copy of the audiobook from my public library.  This is my honest review!


Saving CeeCee HoneycuttSaving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary:
CeeCee has lived her whole life with a mother who cares more about her past than her present. When her mother’s mental illness gets worse, CeeCee finds herself trying to be the parent, and keep her mother from embarrassing her further. After her mother’s sudden death, CeeCee moves to Savannah, Georgia to live with her great-aunt Tootie. There she finds herself surrounded by strong women who while a bit eccentric at times, show her that life can go on, even after tragedy strikes.

Book Review:
This story was just so charming. I actually had difficulty putting this book down (or turning off my car as the case may be). CeeCee’s life isn’t an easy one, and when you first meet her at the beginning of the book you can see that she is coping with her mother’s mental illness.

The characters in this book are superb. They are so well developed you can believe that they are really people, and I loved all their eccentricities. This is a novel full of strong females. Many of the women in this novel have suffered losses, and experienced pain, but they are so much stronger for it.

The pacing is spot on. It is a little slow in the beginning when you are getting to know the characters, but it picks up after you get to Savannah. It keeps the pages turning, or since I listened to the audiobook—my car running even after I should have gotten out.

I love books with humor, and even in the midst of tragedy, Beth Hoffman managed to lace in some wonderful humor. This book had moments that were laugh out loud funny—even when the circumstances might have been ones to bring you to tears.

Audiobook Review:
The audiobook version is produced by Penguin Audio and read by one of my favorite readers, Jenna Lamia. Lamia has read other books similar to this one like The Help and Secret Life of Bees and her narration is always spot on. Her character’s voices are distinct, she has a delicate touch with an accent, and her teens sound like actual teens. This production was amazing and if you like audiobooks it is definitely worth the time. The audiobook is 8 CDs long and has a run time of approximately 10hrs. Time well spent.

Overall:
Whether you do the audio version or pick up the book, I highly recommend this novel. It will definitely appeal to readers who have enjoyed books like The Help by Kathryn Stockett and The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. One of my friends compared it to Steel Magnolia’s. It has humor and heartache, and is a story you won’t want to put down. It is amazing.


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1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful surprise!

    Melissa, thank you for your terrific review of my novel. I loved writing CeeCee's story and am so glad you enjoyed reading it.

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