The Jelly Bean Crisis
by Jolene Stockman
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 Bookish Brunette thought:
Poppy Johnson has a theory… A theory that hasn’t failed her since she was 10 years old. The Jelly Bean Theory. I know right?
“Jelly beans have reputations. The pink ones are better than the green ones, the purple ones are better than the yellow ones, and the red one taste the best. So save the red ones for last. If you eat the best ones first, there’s nothing but green and yellow in your future.”
Can I just say how much I LOVE this? Basically, you don’t always have to save ALL the red ones for last… But keep a few so you’re not stuck with only “the crap flavors” at the end you know? And seriously, think about it- we always rush right in, starting with our favorite without thinking of the consequence of having nothing to look forward to!
Can you tell I put some thought into this one? Pathetic… Possibly.
Anyway, as Poppy’s standing in front of her entire school and accepting the Denton scholarship, she realizes this isn’t what SHE wants. None of it. And during her acceptance speech she proclaims that she’s decided that she is no longer sure if she’s going to college… but thank you very much!
After breaking the news to her parents and dealing with the wrath of her “career driven” father, they decide on a compromise. Poppy will take a month off from school to try different things and different jobs, to see what will make HER happy.
I LOVED The Jelly Bean Crisis. I HONESTLY think it should be entered as REQUIRED reading in 10th grade. Instead of the freaking Iliad or whatever. THIS book sends a message, and NO- it’s not “drop out of school and become a starving artist.” it eloquently let’s the reader know that your life is YOURS. You can choose who YOU want to be, and it’s okay not to know… It’s okay to be scared. It’s okay to make mistakes, because that’s how you learn.
“I wished I could go back. I could have had a bigger life. Tried different things.”
The Jelly Bean Crisis is an amazing book for young people and adults alike. Read it WITH your teenager! I will FOR SURE be getting a paper copy to share with my two girls when they get old enough! Yes, that is how great this book is!