Sunday, January 6, 2013

Book Review and Giveaway: The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman

Title: The Jelly Bean Crisis
Author: Jolene Stockman
Published: August 1, 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary/Realistic Fiction

My Rating: 4 Stars!!

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.

About the Author:
I'm a writer of books, an eater of wedges, and a lover of exclamation marks.

My YA non fiction, Total Blueprint for World Domination shows you how to design your dream world and make it happen!

My YA fiction, The Jelly Bean Crisis follows a high-achieving teen who goes against expectations to find a dream of her own.

I live in New Zealand and love gravy, fizzy drinks and shiny things. My reviews will focus on what I love. Because every book has it’s own special something, right? (We'll see!)

You can find me at

My Thoughts and Review:
I liked Poppy right away. I found myself relating to her in a weird sort of way. I didn't have the same drive as her to be perfect when I was a teenager but I think that everyone who either is a teenager now or ever was one, can relate to not always having all the answers and not always knowing what you want to be later in life. Sometimes not always having all the answers can be scaring and sometimes knowing what you want and then later finding out that is not what you want at all can be even worse. And that is exactly what happens to Poppy.

Poppy though she had it all figured out. Her whole life she has had a life plan, something to work hard towards but when she finally gets everything she could possible want, when her future is mapped out before her in a perfect straight line, she realizes that maybe it isn't what she wants after all.

As so begins the Jelly Bean Crisis.

I just loved this read! Poppy was such a great character. She tried so hard to be perfect and in the end ended up realizing that sometimes life needs to be messy and you need to figure out what and who you want to be the hard way. With lots of trial and errors and lessons (sometimes) learned the hard way.

I think most of all Poppy learned that she has to live. Live for herself and not others. Sometimes we don't have all the answers in life and it is hard finding those answers on who and what we want to be when we don't even know who we are.

I loved watching Poppy really live and set out to find what she wanted in life and not let others get in her way or influence her choices.

This was a great coming of age story and one that I truly enjoyed and this anyone, young or older, would really enjoy. 


Jolene has very kindly offered up 3 e-book copies of her book The Jelly Bean Crisis to three lucky winners!
Thank you so much Jolene!!

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  1. Of Jelly Belly brand, Juicy Pear, of generic jelly beans, cherry.

  2. Cherry ones


  3. I have heard good things about this one. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Every time i see this cover i giggle, it is so whimsical, glad you loved it! I love black and white jelly beans.

  5. My favorite jelly bean flavor is Lime. Oh how I love lime. Now I would very much like one (or 40).

  6. I already have this one, so I'm not entering the giveaway. But I need to read it. I think I might add it to my long list of TBR books for March.

  7. I love the white and black jelly beans. I'm the only one in my house who likes licorice, so I get them all to myself.

  8. This looks like a cute read! It is so hard to figure out what you should be doing and at the same time really be living too. Trying to be perfect is stressful. Hope Poppy finds a good balance. Love the cover!

  9. This was such a fun book. I really enjoyed it to.

  10. cherry or strawberry because I love the red ones

  11. Strawberry and cinnamon - are we talking regular?