BUY THE BOOK
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781429930543280 Pages, Ages 12-18
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. Seem strange? Well, 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. Unfortunately, the two events Antonia's prayed for seem equally unlikely to happen. It's not for lack of trying. For how long has she been hoping to gain the attention of the love of her life – the tall, dark, and so good-looking Andy Rotellini? Too long to mention. And 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?
But as Antonia learns, in matters of the heart and sainthood, things are about as straightforward as wound-up linguini, and sometimes you need to recognize the signs.
VOYA Top Shelf Fiction MS Readers, An Indie Next Kids' List Great Read, Booklist Top 10 Religious Books for Youth, Society of School Librarians International Book Award Honor Book, Booklist Top 10 Romances for Youth, Texas Lone Star Reading List, VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers
I Pray to St. Sebastian About Gym
Class and Thank God I'm Not Named After
the Patron Saint of Snakebites
I gazed up at the familiar boy. A golden aura surrounds his beautiful, muscular body, arrows...