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The Possibilities of Sainthoodby Donna Freitas
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Antonia Lucia Labella has two secrets: at fifteen, shes 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 shes kept company with these kings and queens of small favors, knowing exactly whom to pray to on every occasion. Unfortunately, the two events Antonias prayed for seem equally unlikely to happen. Its 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 shes 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.
"Fresh and funny, this debut novel introduces a 15-year-old Catholic schoolgirl who experiences typical adolescent angst but has her own way of dealing with it: Antonia regularly petitions the saints. Longing for her first kiss, she settles on St. Augustine as an intercessor ('Hark back to your wayward youth,' she urges him in her Saint Diary), but when her prayer gets her more aggressive action than she bargained for, Antonia decides to fill the gap in hagiography and proposes herself as the patron saint of the first kiss. Her e-mails to the Vatican (inhabited here by a pope open to the notion of women priests, gay marriage, etc.) add flair to a coming-of-age novel already vivid for its warm portrayal of urban Italian-American family life. 'My daughter looks like a puttana! What have I done to deserve this?' shrieks Antonia's widowed mother when she catches Antonia rolling up the waist of her school uniform (Antonia's list of the 'Top Five Ways Italians Express Love' begins with 'by being totally honest with each other, i.e., fighting'). While getting at serious issues, Freitas (author of Killing the Imposter God and a frequent contributor to PW) wins readers over with a beautifully sustained light touch. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Antonia Lucia Labella wants to be a saint. For eight years, 15-year-old Antonia has sent a petition to the Vatican proposing a new patron saint and offering herself for the post. She soon learns that in matters of the heart and sainthood, things are about as straightforward as wound-up linguini.
Two boys. One girl. A first kiss. And a secret wish for . . . sainthood?
My name saint is famous for her purity. Her untouched-by-boys-ness.
I am also famous for this, by concidence.
Antonia Lucia Labella has two secrets: At fifteen, shes still waiting for her first kiss, and she wants to be a saint. An official one. Unfortunately, the two events seem equally unlikely to happen, but its not for lack of trying. Every month for the last eight years, Antonia has proposed a new patron saint to the Vatican, bravely offering herself for the post. (So what if shes not dead?) And shes been praying for the attention of the tall, dark, and so good-looking Andy Rotellini way too long to admit. But then theres her friend Michael McGinnis. Antonia doesnt even know what to ask the saints to do about that situation. Hes kissed all the girls in school. Should she just get it over with and kiss Michael? Not a chance! Prospective saints never give up that easily.
About the Author
DONNA FREITAS is a professor at Boston University and the author of Killing the Imposter God: Phillip Pullmans Spiritual Imagination in His Dark Materials and Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on Americas College Campuses. She lives in New York City.
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