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CeeCee Honeycutt. Bless her heart. She’s only twelve years old and her Mama’s crazy as a bedbug. She runs around town in old pageant dresses and tiaras, making a laughingstock of herself. She’s living in 1951 when she was the Vidalia Onion Queen and isn’t taking care of her daughter; CeeCee is the caregiver in this relationship.
When Mrs. Honeycutt tragically dies, CeeCee’s deadbeat dad decides to let a relative on her mother’s side take her to Savannah to live.
CeeCee is a little too strong for her own good. Everyone knows that she must be hurting more than she’s showing but she just won’t let herself go enough to mourn, both for her mother and her own childhood. She’s just used to hiding her feelings and being the strong one. And now she really feels abandoned by her dad and unsure of where she’s landed. After the rocky beginning her life has had, now she has to start over and try to learn to trust this new family of women she’s landed in.
To her credit, she lets go and tries. She still has flashbacks to her time with her mother but she does her best to put those memories aside and live in the present in Savannah. She’s not sure what to think of all the caring, slightly eccentric women she’s now surrounded by. She sits back and watches for a while to see what she thinks.
She’s a lonely soul. Before her mother’s death, all her schoolmates teased her about her crazy mom. No one would get to know her and give her a chance. She really wants a friend. Just one. She was friends with her 80-year-old neighbor but she wants a friend her own age. She’s an avid reader and she wants one of those lasting friendships she’s read about in books.
CeeCee is mostly serious beyond her years, but she has a wicked sense of humor buried inside. She gets a kick out of the antics that her aunt and neighbor get up to. She finally cuts loose and pulls a prank that just cracked me up.
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