Friday, December 11, 2009

The Ninja Reviews...The Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Freitas

What does a fifteen-year-old girl have to do to be kissed?

Antonia Lucia LaBella just wants to have her first kiss preferably before she ends up like her saintly namesake, dead at the age of sixteen, very chaste. Being a devout Catholic, she knows which saints are best to petition for help in certain matters, but Antonia thinks there are some specialties overlooked. And who better to fill these new roles but herself. Every month for 8 years, Antonia has sent a letter to the Vatican (hopefully into the hands of the Pope himself) proposing such additions to the saintly canon as the Patron Saint of Figs and Fig Trees, which is not completely unreasonable considering there is a Patron Saint Against Caterpillars. But where is the Patron Saint of the First Kiss and Kissing?

Antonia could really use a Patron Saint of the First Kiss if she is ever to catch the eye of the love of her life (for the last two years at least), Andy Rotellini. Yet, though her friends all agree Andy is very nice, her best friend Maria wonders whether or not Michael McGinnis who has been hanging out with Antonia for a while might not be a better fit.

The Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Freitas was a delight. It definitely kept me turning the page to discover whom Antonia would end up with. I have to confess I even flipped ahead every now and then just to end the suspense!

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