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The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes begins by following CeeCee Wilkes, a young girl who longs to feel love again, following the death of her mother at a young age.
Though only 16-years-old, CeeCee is already very much an adult in her lifestyle, but still very much a child mentally. She works hard as a waitress and has a roommate, but is quite impressionable and falls very hard and very fast for Tim, a college boy who frequents her restaurant. CeeCee’s relationship with Tim escalates quickly and she trusts him completely and will do anything for him.
Tim convinces CeeCee to take part in a kidnapping that he says will help save his sister who is on death row. The kidnapping changes her life forever, forcing her to assume a new identity and leave everything she knows.
My Review (Includes spoilers!)
I liked this book for the most part but I found myself feeling quite frustrated on more the one occasion. Frustrated with CeeCee’s naivety and co-dependency. Frustrated with her decision to keep a child that wasn’t hers. Frustrated with “her child,” Cory, when she grew up.
I suppose that means I was invested in the book!
I can understand being 16, immature and making some poor decisions, but I felt like a lot of CeeCee’s decisions were a little too immature for someone who is 16 – someone who should understand right from wrong.
Once CeeCee assumes her new identity as Eve, I enjoyed reading about the love she felt for Cory and her experiences trying to be a good mother while struggling with the issues of her past and her guilt. I was happy when she got married to a man who seemed sensitive and supportive and really liked the way the author portrayed her husband’s reaction to the whole kidnapping incident when Eve finally came clean. He was rightfully hurt and angry, but I’m glad he stood by her in the end.
One thing that angered me was Cory and the way she seemed to turn her back on her family. I feel like the author perhaps didn’t do a good enough job of making me, as a reader, understand exactly what Eve did to push her away. Yes, I get that she was smothering and overprotective, but I don’t think that was conveyed in an extreme way that made me understand why Cory was all of the sudden so brash and hurtful to her family.
While parts of the book frustrated me, I definitely enjoyed reading this book and am glad I did!
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- Chocolate and Wild Air
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- Confessions from a Rambling Mind
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- Legally Blinde
- Chasing a Mile
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- Do you find it believable that CeeCee would go along with Tim’s kidnapping plans? Why or why not?
- What do you think of Eve’s mothering abilities? Do you think she pushed Cory away?
- How do you think Cory handled the news about the events surrounding her birth?