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The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman
Stand alone novel
Available formats: Ebook and Paperback
Purchase The Jelly Bean Crisis: Amazon . Amazon UK
308 pages, released August 1st 2012
Source:Copy was provided by author in exchange for honest review

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.

“I wish I could take it all back, but I can’t. And I definitely can’t un-feel a feeling.”

Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman was to say the least a pretty amazing and unique read. This is one of those reads that is going to stick with you and actually teach you something you will remember for your years to come.

What if you had your whole life planned out ahead of you, every stepping stone set in place to lead you to your life goal, What if one day you realized maybe it wasn’t the plan you wanted after all? The Jelly Bean Crisis follows Poppy, Poppy has her life all set in front of her, she is going to get a full scholarship to Columbia, and go into finance, just like her dad and grand-dad did. That is until she realizes that her whole life has been centered on what everyone else wants…not what she wants. Now Poppy has thirty days to do whatever she wants, take chances, try new things, meet new people, but once the thirty days is up, will Poppy decide to take the path she has had set for years? Or will she create a whole new blue print?

This read was shockingly good, I must say first going into the Jelly Bean Crisis I didn’t really know what to expect, but I am happy to say it was very good! The Jelly Bean Crisis is a contemporary read I think any adult or teen will enjoy!

My favorite part of The Jelly Bean Crisis was the message it gives (or at least the message it gave me!). It teaches you to do things for yourself, and to not let other people tell you what your dreams are or tell you what you should do with your life, and because of that message I feel this is a book most people can relate to. I have had numerous times where family members would tell me what I should do with my life, and then tell me that what I wanted to do was unrealistic or that I probably wouldn’t like it blah blah, and after reading Jelly Bean Crisis I feel much better about choices I make. The bottom line of this book is you should do things for you, do things that make YOU happy, not everyone else.

While the message of this novel was my favorite part there was deff other parts I enjoyed. Such as the overall story, and the sweet romance. The overall story of The Jelly Bean Crisis really surprised me with how much I enjoyed it, I’m not a huge contemporary reader so going into this I was a little worried, but right off the bat when I started The Jelly Bean Crisis I couldn’t put it down! I read the novel in one sitting without even realizing it. Jolene’s writing flowed so easily it was hard to find a good spot where I wanted to put it down!

Along with the overall story I really loved the romance. While the romance was there, it was not a big part of the story at all. It was a very slight part in the story which actually made me like the story even more, the romance wasn’t forced it was something that was there though and it was a nice cute romance.

Overall The Jelly Bean Crisis is a novel I would recommend to anyone looking for something different in the YA genre, it was a book I picked up hesitantly, but am now glad to announce that I loved it! 


Angie said...

I knew nothing about this book, except that it has a such a fun cover, until now! Great review! This definitely sounds like the type of book that I'd enjoy. :D

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