The Chapel Wars

Lindsey Leavitt. Bloomsbury, $17.99 (304p) ISBN 978-1-59990-788-8
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)
Reviewed on: 03/17/2014
Release date: 05/06/2014
Genre: Children's
Ebook - 294 pages - 978-1-61963-232-5
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