The Chapel Wars

The Chapel Wars

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by Lindsey Leavitt
     
 

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Sixteen-year-old Holly wants to remember her Grandpa forever, but she’d rather forget what he left her in his will: his wedding chapel on the Las Vegas strip. Whatever happened to gold watches, savings bonds, or some normal inheritance?

And then there's Grandpa's letter. Not only is Holly running the business with her recently divorcedSee more details below

Overview

Sixteen-year-old Holly wants to remember her Grandpa forever, but she’d rather forget what he left her in his will: his wedding chapel on the Las Vegas strip. Whatever happened to gold watches, savings bonds, or some normal inheritance?

And then there's Grandpa's letter. Not only is Holly running the business with her recently divorced parents, but she needs to make some serious money—fast. Grandpa also insists Holly reach out to Dax, the grandson of her family's mortal enemy and owner of the cheesy chapel next door. No matter how cute Dax is, Holly needs to stay focused: on her group of guy friends, her disjointed family, work, school and... Dax. No wait, not Dax.

Holly’s chapel represents everything she’s ever loved in her past. Dax might be everything she could ever love in the future. But as for right now, there's a wedding chapel to save.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
When Grandpa Jim dies, he leaves his granddaughter, sixteen-year-old Holly Evelyn Nolan, his failing Rose of Sharon Wedding Chapel on the Las Vegas strip. Grandpa expects her to make money with this endeavor despite the fact he left a massive debt with a three-month payment deadline. She will also have to compete with the wedding chapel next door—and deal with Dax, the grandson of the owners who becomes a distracting romantic interest. If she saves the Rose of Sharon Wedding Chapel, will she lose Dax? Join Holly on this venture as she tries to make Grandpa’s dream her own. Both family and friendship dynamics are shown well through action and dialogue. Las Vegas is also essentially a character, with the ‘behind-the-scenes’ actions of the city brought to life by the author who grew up in Vegas. This delightful story of self-discovery includes wit and grief, along with quirky characterizations of a disjointed family, friends, and place Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith; Ages 12 up.
Publishers Weekly
03/17/2014
The chapels that Leavitt’s title refers to host weddings, not religious services, and they’re in Las Vegas. Holly’s grandfather has just left her the Rose of Sharon—which would be complicated enough, since Holly’s only 17—but the chapel’s in major debt, the rival chapel owner next door is always plotting his next move, and, inexplicably, Holly’s grandfather also left her a letter for Dax, the nasty neighbor’s adorable grandson. Leavitt (Going Vintage) is a Vegas native, and Holly is an effective tour guide not only for newcomer Dax, but also for readers who wonder what it’s like growing up in a place associated more with lost weekends than with proms. Dax is charming and a little lost, Holly’s a logical type who’s suspicious of emotion, and it’s fun to watch them fight their attraction and struggle with the feud between their families. While Grandpa Jim’s eccentricities are laid on a little thick, secondary characters like Holly’s brother James are well drawn, and Leavitt’s sense of place and ability to balance grief with hope make for an entertaining read. Ages 12–up. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary. (May)
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Jen McIntosh
Holly has always been the responsible, hard-working grandchild, but it is still surprising when Grandpa Jim’s will leaves the sixteen-year-old his wedding chapel. Equally surprising is the letter she is supposed to hand deliver to a boy who just happens to be the grandson of her grandfather’s rival chapel owner and sworn enemy. Not at all suprising is that Holly falls in love with Dax, and the two must hide their Shakespearean romance from their families. Leavitt has written a funny, touching story of dysfunctional families and a loving grandfather’s last attempt to fix things. Holly is the perfect example of a leader: she makes hard decisions for the company, even if they go against her personal wishes, and she does so with strength and grace. She may be confused and lost on the inside, but she still takes control of the family business, and they trust her decisions. A good mix of funny and sad, the romance is just enough to be entertaining but not too much to overshadow the main story. Leavitt waits until the very last page before revealing Grandpa Jim’s letter to Dax, a strategy that works perfectly for readers’ appreciation of the book. In a world of trilogies, The Chapel Wars stands alone as a funny, realistic, heartfelt novel that teens of all ages will enjoy. Reviewer: Jen McIntosh; Ages 11 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-31
A teen struggles with loss and love in Las Vegas. The death of her Grandpa Jim sends Holly reeling—not just because she misses him greatly, but because he's also left her the Las Vegas wedding chapel they both loved. The Rose of Sharon Wedding Chapel employs Holly's family and friends, but it's on the verge of foreclosure if they can't make a lot of money, fast. That means compromising Grandpa Jim's values and making friends with the grandson of archenemy Victor Cranston, owner of the wedding chapel next door. Dax Cranston is different from his grandfather, and Holly finds herself falling for him. But with the chapel to save, grieving for her grandpa, dealing with her newly divorced parents and angry younger brother, and making time for school and her group of guy friends, Holly's got a lot to juggle. It might come down to a choice: saving the chapel or being with Dax. Although the threads of the various stories come together, there's just too much going on in this novel. Most characters come off as tropes instead of people, and nothing is explored deeply enough to offer new or interesting perspectives for readers to ponder. Leavitt's latest doesn't rise above the pack. (Fiction. 14-18)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619632325
Publisher:
BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
619,685
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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