“Team 5 (High Fives): Reader 4: Tag: Mental Illness
Saving CeeCee Honeycut, Beth Hoffman (306 pages)
★ ★ ★ ★
CeeCee Honeycut is twelve years old and the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille. Camille is living in the past as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. CeeCee's father is a traveling salesman and rarely if ever comes home. CeeCee's only friend is the kindly Mrs. Odell who helps CeeCee through the rough patches with her mother.
When Camille is struck down by an ice-cream truck while crossing the street on her way to the Goodwill Store to purchase more prom dresses, CeeCee's Aunt Tootie comes to "save" CeeCee. CeeCee moves to Savannah w/ Aunt Tootie. There she meets Aunt Toot's eccentric neighbors, makes friends w/ Oletta (Aunt Tooties cook), and begins school....
What a wonderful book, unlike many on the subject of Mental Illness, this book did not dwell on the depressing aspects...nor was the mental illness of CeeCee's mother the major subject of the book. The story of CeeCee flowed easily, held my interest and was filled with warmth and humor. The characters were warm and likeable. Because the story wasn't depressing I was able to read this pretty quickly......”