Book Review: The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman

 Book Review: The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman

The Jelly Bean Crisis
by Jolene Stockman

Published: 8/1/2012

From Goodreads:

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.

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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? icon wink Book Review: The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman

“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!

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10 Responses to Book Review: The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman

  1. This sounds like fun. I like eating the crap ones first so you have something to look forward to eating… LOL

    Oh and if you didn’t read the Iliad… how would you fall asleep at night? ;) This one doesn’t sound like it would put you to sleep. :D

  2. Yay!! I really enjoyed this book too!! I think that the overall message of the book was fantastic. Great review chick!!

  3. I am completely in love with this cover and I just heard all the best about this book! Truly need to add this to my list to read :))) Loved the quotes!

  4. Sounds so cute.
    So glad to hear the good cover has a good book inside too.
    BTW, I’m soooo like her I always save my favorite flavor for the end.
    For example: pink Starburst are my favorite. I fish them all out and save them for a pink mania at the end.

  5. Roxy says:

    I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to reading this book. The title I think is a little misleading, but on the other hand I keep on seeing reviews for this book. I’m not really sure if I’ll ever get into this book!

  6. First the cover rocks and i love the quirky title..this sounds like a funny, sweet coming of age tale..awesome review cupcake!

  7. This sounds like a great read — and very different from what’s out there. I love the cover! And I’m craving jelly beans. :)

  8. candace says:

    I just read another review for this and it sounds fantastic! And of course your excitement has rubbed off on me, I really must read it!

  9. Jolene gave me her book to read and I was super siked to start it. But, now I’m even more SIKED!! I can’t wait to dive into it!

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