Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Possibilities of Sainthood

THE POSSIBILITIES OF SAINTHOOD: Donna Freitas: Farrar, Straus & Giroux: Young Adult: 272 pages

Fifteen-year-old Antonia monthly petitions the Vatican to become the first living saint, proposing new saint posts she could occupy, such as a Patron Saint of Figs (to help her family preserve their trees) or the Patron Saint of First Kisses and Kissing (while she waits for her own first kiss). In the meantime, she regularly calls on the existing saints for help in gym class, for attention from handsome Andy, and for assistance in navigating her family relationships. This is a warm and funny look at an Italian American family, starring a far sweeter and quirkier teen than the characters populating most contemporary teen fiction.


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