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August Book Discussion?

I'm surprised I haven't seen this post yet, and I'll be real busy the next few days, so it's now or never for me! Let's finally discuss "Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt" by Beth Hoffman!!

...anddddd GO! 

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Re: August Book Discussion?

  • I really liked it. I know that is not a great way to start a discussion haha!
    "Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly"
  • Oh crap, I forgot all about this! Thanks for starting it Melissa :) I actually skipped out on this book since things have been so busy for me :( Hopefully, I can catch up on it soon!!
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  • Oh. I so forgot! But I bet I could read it all this weekend while we are camping!
  • are you discussing it or do you want to wait for vineyard to read it?
  • You can discuss it
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  • Alright fine.  Here I go.

    If I could describe this book in one word, it would be "inspirational" or "empowering."  Honestly, from the back cover, I was expecting it to be funny.  Though it did get a few chuckles out of me, it was clearly not a book written for humor.  I cried WAY more than I laughed.

    First of all, let me just say that before Cee Cee moved to Savannah, GA, she lived in Willoughby, Ohio.  That is actually a real suburb VERY close to where I live (and apparently even closer to mildlymailyn =] ) and all those places they talked about, Euclid Avenue, the Goodwill, are all real places :-)

    Back to the book.  I noticed that death in this book was always very sudden.  I noticed that because death doesn't usually occur this way and I kept wondering why people were dropping dead in the blink of an eye. (I apologize, it's been so long I can't remember everyone's names anymore)  But here are some examples:  mother was hit by a truck, Oletta's friend had an aneurism, someone's husband had a heart attack (I think), the mean lady's husband committed suicide by gun to the head, Oletta's daughter died suddenly somehow too I think, but I can't remember.

    I found it a little ridiculous how Oletta got so offended and sour when Cee Cee's friend from back home came to visit.  She was jealous of the attention the other lady got and got bitter that she wasn't getting that kind of attention from Cee Cee anymore.  Please.  You're a grown woman.  This little girl has one friend in the whole world; let her have her time.  Gosh.

     Overall, I would give it maybe 3.5 or 4 stars (out of 5).  I loved the female influence and how empowering they were for Cee Cee, to take a broken little girl and basically rebuild her self-esteem from the ground, up. But like I said before, some things made me confused and I wondered why the author chose to take a certain route.  The language annoyed me a little, maybe just because I don't have a Southern drawl or am really familiar with Southern "speak," if you will, but it was so clear to me that the author was an Ohio native that the Southern culture in this book felt a little forced and unnatural.  Overall I loved the concept and the story, but didn't really love the execution. 

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  • I liked the book, I didn't notice all the sudden deaths.  I thought Oletta's daughter was sick before she died but I could be wrong.    I thought Cee Cee was a little hard on her father and thinking a little above her age level, but that could be due to her having to grow up fast.  Her Aunt is older were there any arrangements made for Cee Cee if her Aunt passed away?  

    I agree about Oletta getting so upset when the former neighbor visited.  When Cee Cee moved there she knew how much this women meant to Cee Cee, so what did she expect? 

    When she hit her head nothing really was explained about that and why she was out of it for so long.

    Also we never really learned anything about Cee Cee's grandmother. I would have liked to learn more about that and if she was like Cee Cee's mother

    I think I would have liked a 10 years later or something like that.  

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