2005 I usually like coming of age tales but this one didn t do much for me Faith DiNapoli is the second child of four and the daughter of a father who speaks heavily accented English and a mother who chain smokes both of whom can not get along with each other The inside of the book flap said we were supposed to be able to follow Faith s life from eight to eighteen but most of the time I couldn t tell what age she was supposed to be I think this was a combination of lots of flashbacks and the fact Faith never seemed to really grow up Lots of secondary characters were thrown in who we were supposed to care about while little was said about her actual family I got bored A lot Very well written and enjoyable but also
depressing i wish most of the characters would I wish most of the characters would made better choices in their lives The were caught up in lives that were going no where There was some amusing black humor about her dysfunctional family though A crazy nitpick too much smoking I hate it in books when characters are always smoking It makes me think of cigarette smoke and I get grossed out even though I m not around it LOVED IT COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN Sunday I spent all day reading and finishing tempting Faith DiNapoli by Lisa Gabriele This is one of the best books I ve read in a long time I highly recommend it Lisa is very funny I saw her give an introduction to her work this summer and she could be a wicked stand up comic if she had the desire You ll know the book by the candy necklace rosary on the coverThe book is about Faith who grows up in. “Our house in Little Italy shared a wall with the Rossis’ next door and our clothesline connected with the Pilettis’ behind us My mother used to say that if one of the neighbours’ houses was swallowed up by hell we would all be pulled down with them”Smart witty and emotionally generous Tempting Faith DiNapoli is first time novelist Lisa Gabriele’s alternately wrenching and funny coming of age story about a girl who is born with a powerful faith a faith that is sorely tes.
Lisa Gabriele Ô 2 DownloadAn poor family during the recessionher father meets her mother at churchthe children and the life in Little Italy come soon afterExerpt I remember being small enough that the first things I saw when my mom entered the room were her dirty pink slippers I got bigger and it was her knees scabbed and puckered Then bigger and there s me grabbing her macram belt and my little brother s hand as we d scramble across a busy street because my mother was the type who never crossed at the lights Then church became my measuring stick At first I couldn t kneel as I wouldn t be able to see Father Pete or the pretty hats Then my chin fit perfectly over the back of the pew in front of me Soon after all the prayers and the songs were in my head permanently
despite the fact that i don t rememberthe fact that I don t remember putting them there on purpose I don t know how old I was when I realized I could not legally
marry Jesus but one day it too became something I knew for a fact This book s author madeJesus but one day it too became something I knew for a fact This book s author made feel all the emotions of the narrator s voice and she created a seamless transition in the voice as she grew This is not a light or fluffy read and it was heavy at times I felt the weight of the sadness and anxiety of the main character sometimes carrying it with me and forgetting it was not mineIf you don t like heavy language this book is not the one for you It does go to create the telling of the story and the perspective of poverty and lack of education I bought this for 1 off the the used book rack at the library and I easily would have paid full price fo. Ted across the difficult years of her childhood and adolescenceBewildered by her lot as the daughter in a fundamentally and often hilariously dysfunctional family Faith genuinely wants to be a good Catholic girl And she’s pretty sure Jesus loves her Trouble is she’s angry Angry with her father for leaving her mom for never going anywhere and her siblings ust because they’re around So Faith lies She cheats and she steals In fact she breaks every commandment on the list mostly. R it in hardback It s a realistic fiction of about surviving the
trials and tribulations of growing up and finding yourself while resisting the urgeand tribulations of growing up and finding yourself while resisting the urge succumb to being the typical rebellious adolescent Throughly enjoyed this book All the characters the story and their crazy The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success journey of life This one will definitely stay with me for awhile Wow The DiNapoli s are uite the family They had me smiling laughing out loud and crying too They truly seem to be a real family Because I was raised Catholic I can identify with Faith her curiosities her doubts and her uestions It brought back a whole bunch of memories some good and some bad But reading this book was a wonderful experience If you want to revisit your teenage years this may be the book for you But be warned it also deals with serious stuff it deals with drugs alcohol rape and violence I mention this because a friend s daughter asked to read it she s 12 and I don t think it s appropriate for a tween It could beust me I picked up this book after hearing it took place in Windsor and out in the county I am glad that I read it I thought it was a great book and even though I am not a religious person I could relate to some of
the feelings that Faith hadI thought it was a realistic portrayal of a growing up tale and I liked that itfeelings that Faith hadI thought it was a realistic portrayal of a growing up tale and I liked that it t all glossy It is a bit hard of a read but I am sure there are some people that can read this and say hey that was my teenage life a girl life from 8 to 18 set in sw ontario which is where i live writing style and characters very interesting. By accident And in the process Faith finds herself increasingly torn between the girl she and Jesus want her to be and the girl she ust plain happens to beLisa Gabriele writes with rare confidence and insight Her sure handed narrative hums along on the charged rhythms of Faith’s poignant uest for her own private happy ending Charming fresh and big hearted Tempting Faith DiNapoli is a novel that will stay with readers long after the last page has been turned From the Hardcover editi. ,