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The Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Freitas
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Jan 29, 2009

it was amazing
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Read in January, 2009

Meet Antonia Lucia Labella, one of the most original, real, and charming teen characters you will ever meet. She has a dream to become the first ever living saint in Catholic history. Why? Because for Catholics, especially Italian Catholics, patron saints are the ultimate royalty. They are also incredibly useful for your everyday needs, big or small. Antonia always knows who to pray to and keeps a private saint diary with all her petitions, such as not looking stupid in gym class (St. Sebastian) or getting her mom off her back about the sexy state of her school uniform (St. Denis). But there are some areas the Vatican had overlooked, such as a Patron Saint of Figs and Fig Trees, which her family just happens to raise. Wouldn’t the daughter of a fig grower and the best pasta maker and grocer in Federal Hill, Rhode Island be the perfect choice for such a saint? Or perhaps she should be the Patron Saint of the Kiss, to ensure that every girl’s first kiss be done right, not like the horrid near miss she experienced with her former heartthrob, Andy Rotellini? Reading the 15 year old Antonia’s first person narration is like having a heart-to-heart with your favorite gal pal (or for male readers, it’s the chance to learn the inner workings of a girl’s mind). As we see her daily interactions with her family, friends, neighbors, and even enemies (three evil cousins), we come to realize that Antonia is a kind, funny, and passionate girl that is both delightfully normal and spectacularly unique.

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