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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (5 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374360871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374360870
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.7 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By TeensReadToo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Antonia Lucia Labella has two desires. One is to get her first kiss. The second is to become the first living saint. Neither looks like it will happen anytime soon for Antonia.

Fifteen, and the daughter of a devout Catholic Italian mother, Antonia is not allowed to attend the combined dances at school until she's sixteen. Her mother freaks out if her skirts go above her knees. And forget about going out of the house in makeup. As you can imagine, with these restrictions, the chance of a boyfriend and getting her first kiss are next to nil.

On a monthly basis, Antonia sends a letter to the Vatican with her latest idea for a new patron saint. Antonia comes up with creative needs that should have a saint. Her recent ideas include a patron saint for figs and fig trees, as well as one for first kisses and kissing.

THE POSSIBILITIES OF SAINTHOOD chronicles a brief glimpse into Antonia's life. With interesting snippits on the causes of various saints, the story moves along with amusing anecdotes from Antonia. Along the way, the reader learns of her secret crush on Andy Rotellini, as well as her confusing friendship with Michael. Antonia shares her angst caused by her three cousins, as well as her inability to become a living saint.

The story is quick and surprisingly educational for all. One doesn't have to be an Italian Catholic to appreciate the humor that Ms. Freitas generates with Antonia, who is sure to endear herself to everyone.

Reviewed by: Jaglvr
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 Mar. 2017
By jay - Published on Amazon.com
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It came in great condition one of my favorites to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite characters! 14 Sept. 2009
By Whatcha Reading Now? - Published on Amazon.com
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Antonia Lucia Labella is immediately likable from the first pages where she petitions the Vatican to name a Patron Saint of Figs and Fig Trees. In this warm and witty novel by Donna Freitas, Antonia's voice is what propels this story forward and makes readers not want to leave her world. She prays her way through gym class, a family celebration that requires her to wear a candle crown ablaze and, most importantly, for a truly divine first kiss. Leaving Antonia behind at the end of the book made me melancholy. I hope we will see more of her in the future.
--Reviewed by Michelle Delisle
5.0 out of 5 stars laugh out loud fun 16 Jun. 2011
By Jules - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. I actually bought 3 copies and gave them to a few of my friends. I laughed until I cried. It is a sweet and very funny coming of age story of first crushes and being careful about what you wish for...you just may get it.
4.0 out of 5 stars A very sweet story 22 Aug. 2011
By Rachael Stein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Antonia Lucia Labella has one main ambition in life--to be a saint. Since before her father passed away, Antonia has kept a collection of saints, so that she knows exactly whom to pray to for small favors. And she knows better than almost anyone that there are areas in dire need of patron saints. That's why every month for the past eight years, she has written the Vatican proposing a new patron saint. That's where Antonia's ambitions come in--she thinks she could be the first living saint in history, so with every petition, she offers herself up for the job. And although the Vatican hasn't been the most receptive, Antonia hasn't given up yet--just like she hasn't given up on getting her first kiss from the gorgeous Andy Rotellini. But as Antonia is going to learn, things get a little complicated when it comes to sainthood and first kisses, and that sometimes, what actually happens can be even better than what you hoped for.

Freitas first novel, The Possibilities of Sainthood, is a very sweet and innocent look at personal faith and a young girl's everyday struggles. Antonia is a very likable protagonist who will win the hearts of all readers with her fresh take on growing up in a religious family and quiet dedication to her patron saints. The plot itself is somewhat predictable, especially with regards to Antonia's romantic life, but the real reason I enjoyed the story was from watching Antonia and those around her grow. Having read Freitas second and upcoming third novel prior to reading her debut YA, I can say that Freitas has definitely grown as a writer and transformed cute into real sophistication. I enjoyed The Possibilities of Sainthood, but I liked This Gorgeous Game and The Survival Kit even more, and though her debut did not affect me as deeply as her later books, I continue to be a fan of Freitas.

The Possibilities of Sainthood will be enjoyed by readers who also liked Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker and It's All About Us by Shelley Adina.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Possibilities of a Great Book! 9 Jan. 2009
By Mae Day - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Antonia has two goals in life. Her first goal is to be the first living saint. Yes, you read that right. She wants to be a saint. So, in her quest to be the first living saint, she has launched a letter writing campaign that has been going on for years. Every month she'll write to the Vatican Committee and suggest what saint she could be. Then, every month, she receives a rejection letter. But, Antonia doesn't let that get her down. She just puts the letter up and starts on next months idea. The only people who know about her obsession is her best friend, Maria, her mother and her grandmother.

Antonia's second goal is to be kissed. Which almost happened once with her friend, Michael, but Antonia chickened out and ran away from him. So now, she still hasn't been kissed and she doesn't talk to Michael much anymore. Which isn't too bad, since the boys and girls go to separate schools. Antonia has a crush on a boy named Andy, who goes to the boy's school. But, Antonia thinks that Andy is out of her league. What Antonia doesn't expect, though is for her love life to get more confusing than she ever thought it could.

Antonia is a very quirky and likable character. I was kind of skeptical about this book at first, because I'm not Catholic and didn't know if the book would be preachy or I wouldn't understand some of the things going on. I'm glad I went ahead and picked it up, because the book is definitely not preachy. It's just your regular coming of age story, with a little bit of a twist. The letters that Antonia writes to the Vatican Committee are highly entertaining and kept me laughing. This is a very easy read. Hope to read more from Ms. Freitas in the future!

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