- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,271,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Possibilities of Sainthood Hardcover – 5 Aug 2008
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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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--Reviewed by Michelle Delisle
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.
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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