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3.00005931198102 out of 53.00005931198102 out of 53.00005931198102 out of 53.00005931198102 out of 53.00005931198102 out of 5 3.00 (33,720 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beth Hoffman Narrator: Jenna Lamia Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781101154564
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Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom

Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille—the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town—a woman trapped in her long-past moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself—until her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell, comes to the rescue.

In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah’s perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons, to Tootie’s all-knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones, to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer.

Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman’s sparkling debut is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship—and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • In Hoffman's charming debut, Cecelia Rose (CeeCee) Honeycutt tells the story of her tragic life and the strong women who stepped in to save her. At age 12, CeeCee realizes her mother, flouncing around Willoughby, OH, in prom dresses and matching shoes, is crazy and the town's laughingstock. Her father is never home, and nothing is going to change so CeeCee buries herself in books as an escape. But her true liberation comes after her mother's tragic death when great-aunt Tootie sweeps CeeCee off to Savannah. There, a group of powerful, independent women offer the young girl love, laughter and a new chance at life. Readers who enjoy strong female characters will appreciate CeeCee, a survivor despite her heartbreaking childhood, and Aunt Tootie and her friends, all of them steel magnolias. VERDICT Exemplifying Southern storytelling at its best, this coming-of-age novel is sure to be a hit with the book clubs that adopted Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees. Interestingly enough, both novels share the same editor. Library Journal
  • 'Welcome to my world, baby girl' (to paraphrase Fannie Flagg's title) is what came to my mind on meeting the narrator of Beth Hoffman's delightful debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. Twelve-year-old CeeCee is a survivor. Alone too much, and with too much responsibility because of her psychotic mother, CeeCee is old beyond her years. When her mother dies, her mostly absent father sends her south from Ohio to Savannah under the care of her never-before-seen Great Aunt Tootie. The reader is introduced to a wide assortment of Southern women, each of whom plays a role in CeeCee's healing and coming to terms with her life. Each character also helps paint a detailed picture of the dichotomy between the 'old South' with its decaying gentry, and the changing South, where black and white are more than servant/mistress and white gloves are being exchanged for jeans and flip-flops. This lovely novel has earned the status of 'LizPick' even before it's published. Publishers Weekly, "Galley Talk" by Liz Murphy, the Learned Owl Book Show, Hudson, Ohio
  • “This book unfolds like a lush southern garden, blooming with vivid characters, beauty, and surprises.”

    Kim Edwards, New York Times bestselling author of Lake of Dreams

  • This book unfolds like a lush southern garden, blooming with vivid characters, beauty and surprises. Kim Edwards, bestselling author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • “A tender and touching debut. Charming, disarming, sweet as the scent of magnolias on a Southern summer night, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is a true delight.” 

    Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of Summer Rental

  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is an absolutely delightful debut novel packed full of Southern charm, strong women, and good old-fashioned heart. From the moment you first step into young CeeCee’s unique world, you’ll never want to leave.”

    Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of Night Road

  • “Beth Hoffman has written her heart out in this novel.”

    Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of Sandcastles

  • “I’d save CeeCee if she asked me! I love this bright, funny, spunky girl, the zany women in her life, and the way they enclose CeeCee in a circle of warmth and friendship that heals all hurts. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is a joy to read.”

    Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author of Prayers for Sale

  • “A wonderful debut.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Anyone in need of a Southern-girl-power fix will find [Saving CeeCee Honeycutt] engaging. And it offers an invaluable reminder: even when things look bleak, a few good friends can turn your life around.”

    People

  • “A...Southern charmer.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jenna Lamia creates delightful characterizations of twelve-year-old CeeCee; her psychotic mother, Camille; her great-aunt Tootie, and other sassy women...With vibrant Southern accents, Lamia portrays a cast of strong, eccentric women...Lamia’s vivid characterizations depict CeeCee’s adjustment to her new life with authenticity and humor.”

    AudioFile

  • “[A] charming debut...Exemplifying Southern storytelling at its best, this coming-of-age novel is sure to be a hit.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Light as air...thoroughly pleasant reading.”

    Booklist

  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is a gem of a story, lovingly told. Readers who savor books with memorable characters and Southern settings will consider this a novel to treasure.”

    BookPage

  • “Humor, wish-fulfillment, and buckets of sentiment bulk out an innocent...debut that would work well for teenage readers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the February 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LeslieJo | 11/30/2015

    " This book is a great story of a young girl and her story of hardship with a non-existing father in denial, and a crazy mother who needed constant watch. When all hope is lost she finds that there is more to life than always giving and never receiving what she desires most....a loving family. Love also comes in all colors and personalities. A good lesson for us all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 10/22/2015

    " I had read this book a few years earlier but purchased the audiobook for my husband and I to listen to on a long drive to and from the beach. He usually chooses the manly spy type book but I insisted on choosing this trip. Needless to say he loved the story. When stopping for gas/restroom breaks he would have the book started before I could completely get back in and shut my door! It is a great refreshing story of how one person can change the lives of many. When CeCe left her horrible life and felt like she didn't matter to the world she had no idea the lives she would touch by being that same person. The personalities are so colorful and there is never a dull moment. The story touches on life's issues from how blatantly harsh racism was to how simple things were all at the same time. This book is a must for anyone. You will not be disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Bratton | 2/19/2014

    " Wonderful story of a girl & the family she acquires after the death of her mother. Warning: after you read it, you will want to pack up & head for Savannah! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 2/16/2014

    " This book was like a breath of sweet southern air and a glass of iced tea on a hot summer evening. The characters were very well developed and the kind that stay with you for a long time. I had a hard time putting this book down once I got started reading it. A trip to Savannah is in order. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rowlak5 | 2/13/2014

    " I liked this book but it did not stand out to me. It felt like so many other books I've read with similar themes....southern charm, death and a child trying to understand it, strong women characters bonding together, race relations, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeraldine Rhodes | 2/11/2014

    " I am a fan of characters based in the South and this book is full of colorful characters that I find likeable and hilarious. The story is well written out and as a fan of happy endings, this has one. I found myself cheering on CeeCee as she tries to settle into her new life. And she does. I hope I see her again in another book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 1/23/2014

    " Another Southern book set in the '60s this time about a young girl taken in by her great aunt after her mentally ill mother dies. Worth a read but could have had a bit more plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 1/20/2014

    " It was good and sad but I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Mysko | 1/19/2014

    " A very sweet story. A good and easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelene | 1/18/2014

    " very fun story. I loved all the different characters in the story. I loved that all but a few were women. I always enjoy novels where the main character is a young girl. I laughed and cried. totally would recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 1/13/2014

    " Couldn't put it down. Very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 1/7/2014

    " I loved this book - just read it over our spring break. Someone described it as a cross between "The Help" and "Steel Magnolias" it is about women, friendship, love and sorrow. I couldn't put it down, just loved the way it was written!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Despres | 12/16/2013

    " Pretty good. Similar to The Help. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Kinsey callaway | 11/20/2013

    " Sweet middle school novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paulette Hubbard | 10/27/2013

    " One of three of my favorite books read in 2012 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marchelle | 10/22/2013

    " Maybe 3 1/2 stars. There were parts and quotes from this book that I really loved, but I think it didn't really go anywhere for me. And there are similar books I have previously read that I loved much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 6/27/2013

    " I so loved this book. A light, enjoyable read. CeeCee is such a great character. I laughed throughout but also cried. I think this would make a great movie and if the author wanted to, a series could be written. I would definitely love to see what happens to CeeCee. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tami | 5/23/2013

    " A very sweet, humorous book. I loved the detail regarding Savannah, Georgia, and some of the colorful characters described. A very original, sweet story. I you liked "The Help", you will like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 2/25/2013

    " LOVED this book. Very sweet and fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheelagh Lynn | 8/29/2012

    " Simply sweet. Upon deeper reflection, I was struck by the difference between those affected with severe, untreated, or ignored mental illness and those crazy women in life simply acting out and being delightful (or not) characters. Cee cee was certainly affected by both. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige | 6/19/2012

    " I love everything about this book. I love the different people this girl meets and their stories are laugh and pee your pants funny. While being extremely funny you still cry a lot in the beginning as it starts to show what struggles Cee Cee will soon go through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Shapiro | 3/31/2012

    " Sweet book. CeeCee worked through a lot without the story being too over the top. Quick and lovely read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 3/24/2012

    " Outstanding!!!! Wonderful read on so many levels! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 3/23/2012

    " Loved loved loved this book, I did not want it to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Netta Cook lines | 10/29/2010

    " If you enjoyed The Help and The Secret Life of Bees, you'll enjoy this book too. I couldn't put it down once I started. If you want a good book and a fast read, this is your book. Very heartwarming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Colglazier drangsholt | 9/5/2010

    " Loved it! Smiled while I read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi Lapides | 2/14/2010

    " Don't waste your time reading this book it was bland and disappointing. "

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About the Narrator

Jenna Lamia is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has won the prestigious Audie Award, as well as fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her acting credits include appearances on Oz, Law & Order: SVU, and NYPD Blue. She has attended Amherst College, New York University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.