Monday, May 25, 2009

The Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Freitas

-From amazon
Antonia Lucia Labella has two secrets: at fifteen, she’s still waiting for her first kiss, and she wants to be a saint. An official one. Seem strange? Well, to Antonia, saints are royalty, and she wants her chance at being a princess. All her life she’s kept company with these kings and queens of small favors, knowing exactly whom to pray to on every occasion. Unfortunately, the two events Antonia’s prayed for seem equally unlikely to happen. It’s not for lack of trying. For how long has she been hoping to gain the attention of the love of her life – the tall, dark, and so good-looking Andy Rotellini? Too long to mention. And every month for the last eight years, Antonia has sent a petition to the Vatican proposing a new patron saint and bravely offering herself for the post. So what if she’s not dead? 
But as Antonia learns, in matters of the heart and sainthood, things are about as straightforward as wound-up linguini, and sometimes you need to recognize the signs.


Antonia's family is like my family....Italian, loud, and has the oddest way of expressing love-as Antonia puts it-"being totally honest with each other" (i.e. fighting).
Naturally, I enjoyed reading about all her greasy-headed-pasta-eating Italino family and her optimistic opinion on boys. (Constantly reminded me of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding though in this case, it should be "My Big Fat Italian Life" instead)  What about all those saints, you ask? Silly, I repeat silly. Of course the story wouldn't be the same without Antonia's obsessions over Catholic saints; though the idea of literally praying to all those people seems a bit time consuming if you ask me.

Antonia's character was quite humorous and Freitas description of the Italian families made me laugh out load. The Possibilities of Sainthood's main focus point was Antonia's quest to become the first living saint and the rest was about Antonia's search for the perfect boy to kiss. In my humble opinion, this book was composed pretty well for a first-timer and I would defiantly be on the lookout for any future books by Donna Freitas.
If you're looking for a book with a little comedy, a little romance, and with just a dash of, er, a lot of saints, then The Possibilities of Sainthood is just for you! And now for a nice bowl of pasta......have a great serata guys!

Pages: 272   Year Published: 2008    Age Group: YA, ages 13+
Genre: Realistic/Contemporary, Romance, Comedy
Content: Kissing  Classroom Use? No   Enjoyed It: 4/5 BLTs

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