I loved this book. It sneaked up on me and in the end made me cry. It's a story of a mother and daughter, family and caring, pain and surviving. CeeCee is a pre-teen whose mother is mentally unstable. Her antics burden her daughter with embarrassment, shame and having to be the grown up in the family. Her father runs away from the problem, leaving CeeCee with no respect for him. When she goes to live with her great-aunt, she is surrounded by love and acceptance and understanding. Being accepted teaches her to accept her mother's illness and realize her love.
One of my favorite bits: The idea that we all have a "Life Book" and that moving through life is like going from one chapter to the next.
Published: 2010 Read: February 2013 Genre: Fiction