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The Chapel Wars

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,576 ratings  ·  286 reviews
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 s
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Danielle (Love at First Page)
A special thanks to Racquel @ The Book Barbies for lending me her ARC copy! However, this did not influence my review in any way.

The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt is yet another Contemporary YA book published this year that can sit proudly on my favorites shelf. I don’t know what’s in the water these authors are drinking, but I hope they keep refilling their glasses. This genre has stood out to me more than any other so far in 2014. Whether it’s a serious, gritty contemporary or a fun and fluff
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This book takes cute to A WHOLE NEW LEVEL. It's so much more than that. The dialogue between Holly and Dax is probably, hands down, and I don't say this lightly, THE BEST I'VE EVER READ IN A YA BOOK. No. Joke. It's spectacular. Add in the awesome Las Vegas setting and the wedding chapel business. Great family dynamics, especially with a younger brother. Friendship dynamics that I've been wanting to read haveFINALLY been delivered... I could not have loved this
Cristina (Girl in the Pages)
I really wanted to like this book. I’ve had my eye on it for a few months prior to publication and it sounded so cute, and I was really interested to see how the Vegas setting would function from the perspectives of locals rather than tourists, especially locals that are behind the business of notorious Vegas wedding chapels. I thought it would be the perfect summer read. Unfortunately, this book really disappointed me despite the fact that its setting seemed unique for the YA contemporary genre ...more
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There are a few things you can always count on in a Lindsey Leavitt novel:

-a fun, light-but-not-cheesy romance
-a main character who is a real girl, not just a collection of interests
-a family and a group of friends that are present and just as great as the main character
-a story that is appealing to grown-ups but could still be read by an actual teenager

This book has all those things plus it takes place in VEGAS!
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

Lindsey Leavitt's novel Going Vintage last year was one of my favorite YA contemporaries. I was absolutely smitten by the book and by how well the themes of family and friendship were handled by the author. So there was absolutely no doubt in my mind that I was going to read The Chapel Wars and I'm so glad I did! What a delightfully charming read this was!

Holly has just lost her grandfather who leaves behind his chapel in Las Vegas to her. Unfortunately for Holly, the chapel is drowning in debt
Nov 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Wavering between two or three stars. Some good things, some bad things. Pretty much didn't like Holly and Dax's relationship, but liked Holly's journey as a "businesswoman". God knows I wouldn't know what to do with a failing chapel. This is why I dropped my Business major, y'all.

Brandy Painter
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

Lindsey Leavitt is an auto-buy author for me. If she writes it, I will read it. No one does quite what she does in the realm of contemporary fiction, writing realistic stories that deal with hard issues but manage to maintain a lighter tone and feel. The Chapel Wars tackles some harder topics than her previous work, but is still a light quick read and is full of the little snatches of wisdom I have come to appreciate in her books. She is
Starry-Eyed Jen
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

The Chapel Wars was everything I expected it to be: sweet, funny, and clever. Basically, everything I thought about Going Vintage . Except, where Going Vintage was on the fluffier side, I enjoyed that The Chapel Wars took a slightly more serious approach in its exploration of grief and loss and expectations. But only slightly.

This book takes the d
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-arc
4.5 Stars!

My first introduction to Lindsey Leavitt was Going Vintage, which I read a year ago. It was cover love at first sight. I loved the concept of that story as well, so I eagerly jumped right in. Annnnnnnd it was a hit! I really enjoyed her writing style and the unique concept of her story. So after finishing that book, I was quickly on the lookout for more from Lindsey Leavitt. Chapel Wars, I can say happily, had the same fun cover and unique concept. I knew from reading the synopsis, mix
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
This will probably not surprise you, but I don't have much to say. Everything was so...meh.

The writing.
The characters.
And the chemistry was almost non existent.

It wasn't truly bad. I have read books a lot worse, but somehow, I couldn't bring myself to give this book anything other than two stars.

I have nothing to speak about in that sense. Nothing was too eye-twitchy and neither was it rage inducing.
Just a bit...bland.
And boring.

Holly was a decent protagonist. She wants to save her grandfathe
God, Dax and Holly...if ever there were a dictionary definition of "Shippable," made extra appreciable by the fact that they both genuinely screwed up sometimes, not in stupid, petty, overused device-y ways but in real, true-to-life ones. Great dialogue, LOVED the setting and the way Vegas was practically its own character here, and loved the Holly was a really different kind of Main Character - sort of Type A Pixie Dream Girl. I had some serious laugh-out-loud moments, bordering on awkwardly so ...more
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at Las Vegas, at wedding chapels, and at teenagers. The kids in this book behave like grownups because they have to: the adults around them are acting like children, and always have. Holly has been helping to run her family's wedding chapel alongside her grandfather for years, while her parents pretend to be amicably divorced and pursue their own projects. When her grandfather dies, it's Holly who inherits, and Holly who has to keep the entire family from bankruptcy. There's p ...more
Stephanie A.
I felt exactly 0 feelings about Dax or his and Holly's relationship because frankly, their terrible hair rendered them irrelevant from the get-go. But it was a cute, entertaining little read about a business-minded girl doing everything in her power to save the beloved wedding chapel of her late grandfather, and showcased the unusual perspective of a teen who's grown up in Las Vegas and considers it home. Oh, and if you're like me and read very fast because you just wanted to know what was in Da ...more
Aliam Sunshine
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was so so so cute! I couldn't stop turning the pages!
I love Dax so much! Team DaxHolly ftw! Romeo and Juliet-ish but I love the story so much!
Couldn't get enought of Dax and Holly. They're so cute!!!!
Michelle Stimpson
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: local-authors
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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Dahlia Adler, Recing ball and author extraordinaire (Behind the Scenes/Last Will and Testament/Under the Lights), wins again. She told me over and over to read The Chapel Wars. I wasn’t sure, not having heard all that much buzz about Leavitt’s books. The time came, though, when I had to read this book, mostly because I checked it out of the library and then proceeded to rack up $1.20 in fines (oops), so obviously I had to a
Pablo Vazquez Camargo
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Jan 26, 2014 rated it liked it

3.5 stars for my first Leavitt novel! I thought it was a darling book, with a story that made me smile :)


If I were to describe The Chapel Wars in a single word, it would have to be cute. That really sums it up, whether in reference to Holly and her family and friends, the efforts to save the Rose of Sharon wedding chapel or the budding Romeo-and-Juliet type romance between Holly and Dax. It was fun to read, and certainly made me smile. But alas, it did not leave the kind o
Brittany S.
Initial Impressions 3/24/14:Yay! Super cute. I had a lot of fun reading this one and definitely a different direction than Going Vintage (and now I need to read Sean Griswold's Head) but either way, lots of fun. I think I didn't love it as much but I loved the Vegas atmosphere and the respective chapel wars. Loved how it ended and I loved that things weren't picture perfect all the time.

Review originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide: I really loved GOING VINTAGE, the first Lindsey Leavitt
Yazmien Escamilla
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book "The chapple wars"by lindsey leavitt is full of things that surprised me. My favorite part was the Family got the chapple. I recommend this book to those who like chick flick. This book is one of my favorites becuase i like how it dscribes everything so well. ...more
Jaime Arkin
The Chapel Wars is my first Lindsey Leavitt book… I know I know… I’ve been sitting on Going Vintage since the day it came out, but I kept forgetting about it. BUT The Chapel Wars made me bump that up my TBR pile!

Holly has just lost her grandfather unexpectedly… and amongst the sorrow she feels, she finds out that he has willed her his business. The business just happens to be a Las Vegas Wedding Chapel… what she doesn’t find out right away is that the chapel is failing and on the verge of being
Sandra (Waiting For Wentworth)
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm always in the mood for a really great contemporary book. One that can easily put a smile on my face and leave me with warm and fuzzy feelings. The Chapel Wars fit that bill perfectly! I'm still smiling while writing this because it was oh so freaking cute.

I found Holly to be likable and interesting, and I thought her views were wildly entertaining. When Holly's Grandpa Jim dies unexpectedly, he leaves Holly his beloved wedding chapel. Holly has extreme love for the chapel because of her gran
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, 2014
This was such a cute book! Holly inherits a struggling Vegas wedding chapel from her grandfather, which gives her something to be happy about in his absence, but the chapel that she's grown up loving has some big financial problems. Holly and the rest of her family need to turn business there around immediately or else they all realize they're going to lose the chapel. It doesn't help that the owner of the chapel next door, a miserable man her grandpa had been feuding with for years, is threaten ...more
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
A quick 5 point breakdown of why I had so much fun reading The Chapel Wars.

1) Wit.
One of the reasons I enjoy Lindsay Leavitt's books so much is that they are always so much fun to read, but they also deal with real topics that teens face. Hilarious + heartfelt as Elizabeth Eulberg says on the cover, and I agree with that completely. Going with the first point, this book has fantastic dialogue in it that had me laughing out loud. Holly's inner monologue is also quite amusing. And clearly anythi
I put this book on my TBR a long time ago. When I finally picked it up - honestly only because of the Las Vegas setting.. I've got this tick of reading books in my holiday which are set there as well.. and Vegas was one destination on my lastest road trip - I was very surprised to find out that this is a YA contemporary book and not a funny chick-lit as I thought it to be.. I read the first half of the book but was so detached and bored that I had to stop at 52%. I read the last three chapters o ...more
Jan 08, 2014 added it
I have read all of Leavitt's published books to date, and not one has disappointed me. Her clever writing has a casual sort of cadence that does not call too much attention to itself, and it always brings to life three-dimensional protagonists with engaging family and friend dynamics. As I expected, The Chapel Wars delivers all of the above, plus a humorously forbidden romance and a glittering Las Vegas backdrop.

One thing, however, causes Leavitt's newest novel to stand out from the rest. Its ov
Carolyn Injoy
I was fortunate enough to win a copy of Lindsey Leavitt's Chapel Wars.

This book has the best dialogue I've read in a while. The interaction between siblings & parents has the ring of truth. It feels like overhearing the conversation.

Eccentric Grandpa dies & leaves the Las Vegas wedding chapel to his 17 year old granddaughter. He also leaves behind a massive debt with a deadline.

Even though Holly & her friends make a gallant effort to make the changes in the Chapel to bring in the money to save
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
2.75 star
This was a very cute easy going read. Holly is a 16 year old girl devastated that her grandfather past away, only Holly doesn't deal with emotions very well.

Her grandfather was a crazy old bat and had some adjustments made in his will, he left his wedding chapel in Las Vegas for Holly.
Holly goes above and beyond to save his chapel now hers from going bankrupt. Holly is struggling, her parents are divorced and now she has fallen for her family’s enemy’s grandson Dax.
Dax got a letter to
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
"We're all messed up," I said. "I like life is just about finding the right people to be messed up with."

I read the synopsis of this book and just thought 'meh' - it didn't really stand out to me. Couple that with the cover and I wasn't too excited but willing to give it a try.

I'm so glad I did.

This is an adorable story about dreams and goals and numbers but also love and expectation and the messy reality that is life. It doesn't all end well, people die and divorces happen and you never get to
Summer/Sunny McDaniel
Oh, Lindsey. She never fails me. If you ever want a cute, fun book GO TO HER. When life, school, and the future stresses me out way more than usual, I don't want a book that will stress me out further with issues. I don't want one that's depressing. I want THIS kind of book. Sure, the protagonist has problems (every book should be like that), but it's still enjoyable. It's like cold, sweet ice cream on a hot day, the fluff you need in your hard life.

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Lindsey Leavitt is a Leo sun/Sagittarius rising, which makes her skilled at traveling, studying and sleeping in. She grew up in Las Vegas and now lives in the snowy mountains with her big, blended family. She is the author of over fifteen books for kids and teens. Lindsey had an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Visit her online at ...more

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