The Selective Collective features THE CHAPEL WARS: Page to Screen


The Selective Collective reads THE CHAPEL WARS by LINDSEY LEAVITT

The Selective Collective features THE CHAPEL WARS by LINDSEY LEAVITT provided to us by Bloomsbury for review and use in The Selective Collective feature!

For my part in this Selective Collective post, I’m bringing the book to life on the big screen! Well, how I envision it at least. My part today is FROM PAGE TO SCREEN — I’m bringing to life the characters, the setting, and the visual aspects of how it could be adapted into a movie all straight from my imagination!

Before we start fan casting, let’s learn a bit more about the book!

The Chapel WarsPublishing Info: May 6th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Source: Physical ARC provided by Bloomsbury – Thank you!!
Genre: Contemporary (YA)
POV: First Person (Holly)
Find It Online: Goodreads || Amazon || B&N

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 she 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.” — From Goodreads


What would be the best adaptation? I think this would definitely be a great movie! It has all of the fun of a movie adaptation and would be a blast to see on the big screen! Definitely in the realm of “chick flicks” but for a younger audience as well.


Fortunately, I’ve been to Las Vegas so I had a ton of fun placing myself on-set (so to speak)! There are a ton of great places mentioned in the novel!

Mention of the fountains + a bonus Ocean’s 11 reference = one happy Brittany!

No where else but in Vegas can you get this view of the fountains and the Bellagio! In order to shoot these scenes, we must be on site! (These are also my personal photos from my Vegas trip! Enjoy!)




Bonus picture of my friend Kristin and me in front of the fountains!


We never made it to the Stratosphere Hotel (and I didn’t take a photo from a far) but it comes into play in THE CHAPEL WARS! Definitely visually dynamic and a really interesting and exciting place!

Source: Trip Advisor


The Rose of Sharon is Holly’s family’s wedding chapel. It’s a little bit off the strip, and across the street from another chapel (also the rival!) — I pictured it being more elegant and less flashy… something like this!



Holly: Sami Gayle
You may have seen her in… Vampire Academy, Blue Bloods, Noah
Holly is rockin’ the pixie cut in The Chapel Wars and I can totally see Sami Gayle in the role of Holly! Of course, I didn’t have to pick someone with a pixie cut for her role, but it does just kind of go well! She’s a cute girl and sometimes ends up hanging out with the boys (she has an AWESOME group of guy friends) so that tends to intimidate some of her potential love interests. She’s also really smart (another intimidation factor)! Pixie or not, I can totally see Sami pulling this role off! What do you think? Battle of the pixies? Do you like Sami for a good Holly or do you prefer a different gal rockin’ the pixie cut?

Kai: Diego Boneta
You may have seen him in… Pretty Little Liars, 90210, Mean Girls 2, Rock of Ages
Thanks to Kristina from Gone Pecan for helping me out on this one! I haven’t seen anything Diego Boneta is in but maaaybe I will make a point to. He fits perfectly for Dax’s half-Hispanic heritage and also carries that swagger that Dax seems to exude! Love this choice for Holly’s new forbidden romance!

And please don’t forget to check out the features from the other ladies in The Selective Collective! We each have a post to feature a different side of THE CHAPEL WARS so please go visit their take on the book as well!

Tee @ YA Crush  Freebie
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA  Round Table: The Chapel Wars
Diana & Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks  Author Q&A with Lindsey Leavitt + Giveaway
Daphne & Kristina @ Gone Pecan  Review: The Chapel Wars



Hi, I'm Brittany!
Hi, I'm Brittany!

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