Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (audio review)

“Momma always told me, being in the North isn’t living…. its absolute hell.”

Cecelia Rose Honeycutt

 

Cecelia (Cee Cee) Honeycutt is twelve years old but feels she has had to be an adult almost her entire life.  Her father (and we use the term loosely) is never around.  he travels for his job and the brief times he is home he is always mad and shouting at Cee Cee’s mother Camille.

Camille, a long time ago, was a Southern beauty queen.  And this is where many of Camille’s problems lie…  in a non satisfying marriage, Camille has reverted in her mind to the beauty queen days.  Many times dressing in formal gowns and a tiara as she dances and waves in her yard or goes up town shopping.  Some days she has trouble remembering exactly where she is and tends to go on shopping sprees that involve buying boxes and boxes of shoes or dresses.

In the middle, of course in Cee Cee….. trying to help her mother but at the same time resenting her not being a mom that she can be proud of…. one that will let her be the child instead of the adult….

And then one day all of this changes, with the incident with the ice cream truck…..

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TMI?

Not really….. I have shared nothing here that you can not learn from reading the back of the book cover.  And what I have said, really is only the beginning of a charming story about a young girl finding her way and her place in life.

Wow.  Yes, in a word wow.  Beth Hoffman presents a story line filled with such fun and realistic characters that I wanted to don a large sun hat and come knocking on the door!  And what characters you will meet along the way!  Cee Cee may think that her life is one to be pitied but as circumstances open new doors for her and she begins to find a new direction – one that she could never have dreamed!

In this endearing book (as told from the point of view of Cee Cee) Cee Cee will place memories in her life book that she will hold close to her heart forever…

and in the end, I will too.

** This audio book is read by Jenna Lamia, who’s youthful voice made Cee Cee come to life.  I absolutely adored the reading and had to jump on-line to find out what other books Jenna has narrated.  She was perfect for the role – and the voices of the characters jumped out of the speakers and I felt as though I was in the room with them…. picking weeds out of the garden, spying on the crazy neighbor and drinking cold lemonade on the porch.

AMAZON Rating

I purchased my copy of this audio from audible.com

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Posted on November 26, 2010, in audio review and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. I thought this was a WOW novel too.

    I just rated this as my favourite book cover today too on my blog.

    enjoy ur weekend!

    carol

  2. I have this one my shelf – everyone keeps raving about it. MUST READ IT!

  3. I’ve had my eye on this one for awhile. It does sound charming, fun, and memorable.

    Must add this one to my actual (rather than virtual) TBRs.

  4. I loved this book, so I’m glad to know the the audio is done well. I think Oletta was my favorite character.

  5. I read “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” before its release and have been a huge advocate for it ever since.

    The following is the opening excerpt from my review at that time:
    “One of the joys of being a bookseller is to get a chance to read new books before they are generally available. When we receive shipments of these advance copies from publishers and sometimes the authors themselves, it’s a little like Christmas morning or our birthday. For one- they are gifts (at least we look at them that way). Secondly, they sometimes include something we heard about and badly wanted. Other times we find they include a wonderful surprise- one that we were unaware of, but simply fall in love with. Receiving Saving CeeCee Honeycutt was my wonderful surprise.”

    Those interested can read the rest at :

    http://simplepleasuresbooks.wordpress.com/what-ive-been-reading-lately/

    Just scroll halfway down the page to see the rest.
    I have yet to enjoy it on audio book, but I dearly loved hearing the voices that my mind created of all those incredible southern women.

  6. I have a copy of this one but have yet to get to it. Next year will be a different year of reading for me!!

  7. I loved this book and Beth has an amazing talent in her writing. I was so fortunate to meet her at a local booksigning. I’ll have to look for this one in audio as I’d love to listen to it. I’m so glad that there is a great narrator.

  8. I HAVE got to make time for this one in the coming year!

  9. So glad you loved it! Jenna Lamia is fabulous, I loved her narration of Shiver and The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams. Have you read it?

  10. What a coincidence! My mom read this book on our family vacation last week, and when she finished, she handed it to me and said, “You’ll love this!” She said it was the perfect beach read.

    Thanks for the review – I hope to get to it soon!

    Sue

  11. This sounds so good and I have to believe it has already been optioned to be made into a movie!

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