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3.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 5 3.71 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donna Freitas Narrator: Emily Bauer Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781423372721
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Antonia Lucia Labella has two secrets: at fifteen she’s still waiting for her first kiss, and she wants to be a saint. An official one. To Antonia, saints are royalty and she wants her chance at being a princess. All her life she’s kept company with these kings and queens of small favors, knowing exactly whom to pray to on every occasion. Afraid of tripping in gym class? Try St. Sebastian, athletic and golden. Working in the family store? Light a candle for St. Leonard, Patron Saint of Grocers. And a good all-purpose one: St. Jude, Patron Saint of Desperate Situations and Hopeless Causes. Unfortunately, the two events Antonia has waited for her whole life seem equally unlikely to happen. It’s not for lack of trying. Every month for the last eight years, Antonia has sent a petition to the Vatican proposing a new patron saint and bravely offering herself for the post. (So what if she’s not dead?) And how long has she been praying for the attention of the tall, dark, and so good-looking Andy Rotellini? Too long to mention. But as Antonia learns, in matters of sainthood, things are about as straightforward as wound-up linguini, and in matters of the heart, she’s on her own. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rsspadafora | 2/16/2014

    " whoooo. laughing so hard i am in pain. heeehee "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lmkbigsky | 2/7/2014

    " This was just a delightful story! It was fun to follow Antonia as navigated her way with her family,her crush, and her best friend while trying to become the world's first living saint. She was hilarious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 2/5/2014

    " This book was a great deal of fun. It's a slice of life I never lived, but was always curious about, that of a teen-aged Catholic school girl. She is obsessed with the saints and has a letter-writing campaign with the Vatican to add some saints...and she volunteers to be the first living saint! Filled with details of Providence, (Rhode Island...and the other kind as well!) Italian groceries, a mother's love, and an unforgettable First Kiss, this is one to leave out for any junior high or high school girl, especially the more innocent ones finding their way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelleyd | 2/5/2014

    " It was cute, but she just didn't seem genuine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 1/28/2014

    " Antonia is a sophomore at an all-girls Catholic school, which happens to be right next door to the all-boys version. Aside from her everyday concerns; sneaking out the door without mom catching on to her too short uniform skirt (former Catholic School girls will love the passage entitled "Catholic School Girls Guide to Uniform Alteration) and working at the family market alongside her detestable cousins, Antonia is obsessed with two things: getting her first kiss and becoming the first ever living person to be named a Saint. While her quests don't quite go as planned, Antonia ends up pretty happy in this sweet romance. Appropriate for younger teens and up, this one was fun start to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marina | 1/16/2014

    " Cute story. I learned a lot about saints and what they are good for. Not being Catholic I didn't know how many saints there were and what they were for. A saint for coughing? Anyway, Antonia Lucia Labella is determined to be the first living saint in Catholic history and every month for the past 9 years she has been writing to the Vatican Committee on Sainthood imploring them of new saint and offering herself for the position. Along the way she performs some minor miracles on her own and proceeds to winterize her family's fig trees for the Rhode Island winter and wears a crown of (LIT) candles in her hair for the St. Lucia festival. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hanna | 1/15/2014

    " I thought this book was AWESOME!!!! Saints are really actually pretty interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daria | 1/13/2014

    " This is the kind of book I consider to be my "comfort food". It was light and cute and didn't require too much from me as a reader. Was it spectacular? No. Was it the kind of book I would have liked at age 15? Yes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Patterson | 12/21/2013

    " Cute romance. Has some funny moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/20/2013

    " The writing style reminds me of how a 15 year old girl would actually speak. Pretty quick read and a nice break from heavy reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/18/2013

    " While this is total candy, I liked it. Very much YA interests. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 12/10/2013

    " Amanda liked it but I got tired of it and skimmed the last half, just to see if it would get better. Not. "Kind of cute" is the nicest thing I can say about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 11/13/2013

    " This book is about a chatholic girl going to a all girls chatholic school. Next to her school is a Chatholic all boys school. She has a crush on one boy but on her way to trying to become saint like be apart of the Pope. Amazing book some drama and mystery "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Readergalore89 | 9/17/2013

    " Very interesting and funny! Great, romantic read :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara Ripley | 1/10/2013

    " A pretty amusing teen book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 11/7/2012

    " A little slow at first to get into for me, and I'm not sure how well it would play to MS/HS boys, but I found Antonia to be a wonderfully engaging character with a very honest voice. Definitely a fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 10/4/2012

    " A really cute YA chick lit about a girl who aspires to become the first living saint. I enjoyed getting a glimpse into the world catholicism and saints. A very likable character- Antonia Lucia Labella. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beck | 6/3/2012

    " enh... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helena Prophete | 5/15/2012

    " I really enjoyed this novel. It covers first love, romance and journaling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bklvr | 1/23/2012

    " I thought this book was very religous and since my family is majorly Catholic, I thought it was a pretty good book. It was amazing how she knew so many saints. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jules | 11/27/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 4/11/2011

    " Not really Catholic dsepite it's title and topic...quite the opposite. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maddyr | 3/4/2011

    " I feel like I can't even accurately judge this book since I'm not the target audience, but I'm not sure if I'd want my daughter to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 2/24/2011

    " This book is about a chatholic girl going to a all girls chatholic school. Next to her school is a Chatholic all boys school. She has a crush on one boy but on her way to trying to become saint like be apart of the Pope. Amazing book some drama and mystery "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 1/25/2011

    " This is my kind of book-- an innocent romance written with humor plus something to learn. Antonia is an Italian Catholic girl who is growing up in New York. I enjoyed learning about Catholicism, Italian family dynamics, and watching her find herself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jules | 11/17/2010

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marci | 11/17/2010

    " Such a sweet book ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 10/3/2010

    " This is really a very fun book for girls ages 12-14. It's simply an Italian-American teen who really wants to be a saint while at the same time really wants to kiss a boy. A fun story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 10/1/2010

    " Book on CD. Cute book but predictable. It had so many descriptions of saints, which was interesting since that is something I have zero experience with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 8/4/2010

    " consideration

    Did not stand up to My expectations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/16/2010

    " cute - clean - nice "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pita-eater | 4/21/2010

    " Meh. Sorry, Donna Freitas. It was great to hear you at the FFW, but your book was just okay. Antonia has a great voice throughout, but I wasn't convinced that Michael was right for her in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha | 3/29/2010

    " Clever and fun to read about this Italian Catholic family and its cultural nuances. Not my favorite style of writing with a young girl talking about lust and such. Even though she's aspiring to become the first living saint her mind seems a bit too one-track (boys/kissing) for my tastes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny | 3/18/2010

    " Couldn't get over the bad writing. Especially that the characters addressed each other by name in about 80% of the dialog. That drives me crazy. "

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About the Author
Author Donna FreitasDonna Freitas is a professor at Boston University. Her writing has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including The Boston Globe, Newsweek, Salon, and The Wall Street Journal. She contributes regularly to “On Faith,” an online panel co-sponsored by Newsweek and The Washington Post, and she is an occasional commentator for NPR’s All Thing’s Considered. Growing up, Donna could often be found covered in flour in the wee hours of the morning making pasta from scratch with her Italian mother and grandmother, listening to them pray to one saint or another. She lives in New York City. This is her first novel.
About the Narrator

Emily Bauer is an accomplished actor and voice-over artist who has narrated hundreds of audiobooks. Her film credits include Mona Lisa Smile and Long Distance and her theater credits include the thirty-fifth anniversary production of Hair and Almost Heaven: John Denver’s America.