Saturday, August 11, 2012

Blog Tour: The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman

Title: The Jelly Bean Crisis
Author: Jolene Stockman
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publishing Date: August 1st 2012
Pages: 308
Genre: YA Coming of Age
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Kindle

Goodreads Summary:

A total meltdown. The whole school watching. Now Poppy’s an ex-straight-A with no Plan B.

When Poppy Johnson throws away a full scholarship to Columbia, she can only blame the jelly beans.

 The yucky green ones? Midnight cram sessions and Saturday’s spent studying. The delicious red?

The family legacy: Columbia, and a future in finance. Except now it’s starting to look like Poppy’s

jelly bean theory is wrong. School has been her life until, but maybe it’s time to start living now.

Poppy has thirty days to try a new life. No school, no studying. Just jumping into every possible world.

Thirty days to find her passion, her path, and maybe even love. The Jelly Bean Crisis is officially on.


The name of this book, the cover, the synopsis, everything about it pulled me in. It sounded like a fun read and it was a very fun read. I enjoyed the book very much. It was a real feel good book with some enlightening moments, loyal friends, and a tad bit of romance. Oh and a bit of family drama too. The everyday teen life!

The story is about a girl named Poppy (love the name) and she is smart, hardworking and dedicated. She has grown up with a jelly bean theory to determine the way she goes about things that need to be done. (you have to read the book to find out what the theory is) The theory makes a lot of sense. I was quite taken by it. Poppy is in her junior year and she is in line to win a full scholarship to Colombia. At the last moment her jelly bean theory starts to crumble and she becomes unsure of all the decisions she had previously been sure of. She takes a break from her plan to try and find herself, what will make her really happy.

Poppy is a very lovable character, easy to get along with, and very real. She felt like a real teen of today’s world to me. She has always lived up to everyone’s expectations and had a plan, now that she is about to put that plan into action, she feels lost and unsure. I think every teen goes through this and struggles with the idea of the “what if I make the wrong choice?” Poppy believes she needs to make all her lives decisions in the next month. She is a very smart girl but has lots to learn about life. It was fun to watch her grow and mature and really come into herself and discover things she never knew she enjoyed or didn’t enjoy. 

A great factor in this story for me was the way people supported her. Her grandmother, her mother, her counselor, they all want her to find the answers herself. The steer in the right direction but they do not lead her there. She has to find it along the way. There was a great support system in her life, even if she didn't always see it. Along the way of her journey Poppy learns that the one things he can be sure of is family and friends. Oh and a little crush doesn’t hurt either. 

I think this is a great book for all teens and fun for many adults who like the quick, lovable, feel good read. It was great!


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