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The Jelly Bean Crisis

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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...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by CreateSpace (first published June 27th 2012)
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I am on such a contemporary kick this year. Every one of these books I pick up ends up blowing my mind. I'm actually surprised I practically ignored this genre for so long but happy that I've finally changed that! The Jelly Bean Crisis was a splendid novel and I'm happy to report that it's not just a pretty cover. This book really packs a punch and I devoured every page of it. I got so caught up in Poppy's story and I can tell you, ''one more page'' quickly turned into some lost sleep but it was...more
The Jelly Bean Crisis by New Zealand author, Jolene Stockman, is set in Lakewood, California. Poppy Johnson is sixteen years old and since the age of ten, she’s been living life according to her Jelly Bean Theory. Her favourite jelly beans are the red ones, but if she eats them all she’s left with the so-so colours (orange, blue, white) and the worst colour: green. If she applies this to real life, it means that she should do the hard work now and she’ll get to enjoy the rewards later. She’s a s...more
And I really want to want this. But this is my life, my whole life. And it’s more than just success, you know? I want to be happy.

Poppy Johnson is the kind of girl who has her life mapped out. For her, it was simple. She was born to be on Wall Street, and the first step to be an investment banker is by studying at Columbia. She has jelly bean theory to help her reaching her dream. Eat the yucky green jelly bean first, because then the delicious red ones would taste more amazing. Poppy applies th...more
Poppy Johnson is going through a Jelly bean crisis. She used to live by a jelly bean theory where she would eat up all the jelly beans she didn’t like first or fob them off to her brother and save the best (the red ones) until last. I remember doing this with my skittles when I was younger, but Poppy went even further, she soon found herself applying this same rule to life; whenever she ate a meal (she would save her favourite food till last and eat the least favourite on the plate first) and al...more
Story time! When I was at uni, I did a buttload of work experience to try and figure out what I wanted to do. The first time I stepped into a magazine office, it felt right. No, it felt amazing. You know what I did all week? Photocopied. Filed. Did some more photocopying. Transcribed an interview. More photocopying. More filing. When Friday came 'round and my week was over, the editorial co-ordinator gave me an early mark. It made me sad. I wanted to stay. I had loved every second of those menia...more
Rated 4 stars

Four Stars: A book for everyone who has been confused over what they want to be if they grow up.

Poppy's stomach is a rolling sea of anxiety. She is sitting in an assembly trying to soothe her jangled nerves. This could be the moment she has been waiting for her entire young life. She is a shoe in for the prestigious Denton Award. A four year scholarship to Columbia where she plans to fulfill her family legacy and get her degree in marketing. Poppy as a junior has pushed endlessly t...more
Sep 04, 2012 Chimene rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who like an inspirational read
Recommended to Chimene by: Book Blogger
I absolutely loved this book.

I first saw a review for "The Jelly Bean Crisis" on a book blog, I instantly fell in love with the cover and it got me reading the review. As soon as I got my Kindle it went straight on there!

And I wasn't disappointed.

Poppy thinks she has it all worked out. Or rather, it all seems to be mapped out for her. She has her friends, she is a straight A student and to top it off she wins herself a scholarship... That's when she has her melt down and we learn about the jell...more
Christoph Fischer
“The Jelly Bean Crisis” by Jolene Stockman is a cute and very thoughtful coming of age story with a quirky and interesting protagonist. Poppy Johnson favours jelly beans and has worked out a system for them to help her make decisions.
She decides to turn down a scholarship to Columbia, because it doesn’t feel right. It is a conflict that I am sure many teenagers and youngsters out there can relate to. What to do when you’re grown up? I am ‘grown up’ and still don’t know. Choices, plans and decis...more
Nikki Bywater
Poppy Johnson’s life has all been mapped out for her. As she reaches the end of her school education she is expected to follow her families legacy and study investment banking at Columbia, following in her father’s and his father before him footsteps.

When she wins a school scholarship and it looks like all is falling into place and for her to continue on her set out destiny, Poppy has a crisis, a jelly bean crisis. Since age ten Poppy always eats her favourite red jelly beans last, working her w...more
If anyone told Poppy Johnson on a Thursday that she would be a career-oriented yes-person starting Saturday, she'd have laughed in your face. Poppy's priorities are as solid as a rock and taped inside her locker door: from the Denton Award right down to the smiley face. But then she goes for her English class, where everyone is reading their career essays. And what do you know, after English, Poppy's Jelly Bean theory is giving off splinters! All because of Lucy who breezes through life and writ...more
Poppy has her whole life planned out, and her plan is based on jelly beans. Yes, jelly beans. Her theory is that she should eat her least favorite beans first so she can better enjoy her favorites at the end. Now she's applying her theory to everything in life, including college and a career. Then one day she realizes that this might not be the right way for her to live her life. Thus, starting the jelly bean crisis.

The catalyst for this life change is Poppy winning the prestigious Denton Award....more


Poppy had the ‘total blueprint for her perfect life’ printed and taped to the inside of her locker, it had been there since 7th grade. She knew exactly where she was going and the path she was taking to get there. Today she could cross off the Denton award, this was something she’d been working on through high school and it gave her a free ride through college, one step closer to her dreams… That was until attention seeker Lucy Tenaro read out her ‘What I want to be’ essay in class and made Po...more
Andrea Heltsley
"The Jelly Bean Crisis is officially on."

I wanted to read this book on that saying alone. The story was one of the most unique stories I have ever read. It took an everyday problem and made it an extraordinary one. A young adult story based on jelly beans, come on you gotta read something like that.

This book is audience geared for a certain age group, high school students. It was a little too young adult for me, but was fascinating none the less. The story touches on things every high school stu...more
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
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...more
This book had me riveted! Completely riveted the entire time. I loved the writing style of Jolene Stockman so much. The jelly bean theory totally fascinated me. I loved how poppy thought everything through. I am a big fan of plans, so I liked her right off the bat. The Jelly Bean Crisis was instant love for me.

Poppy has it all together- or so it would seem. She is a girl after my own heart. Or maybe Bex is. but either way, they both started out pretty much the same. Which a total life plan alre...more
I just want to mention first hand, what a beautiful cover! What do you think? To me, it looks so colorful and eye-catchy! Before I even read the book description, I was drawn by the cover, so that's a good sign, as the story itself does not disappoint! The 'Jelly Bean Theory' is very creative and convincing, and we see how this plays a huge part throughout the story. It's obvious, from the first couple of chapters, that Poppy does what is expected of her. She studies extremely hard, get's Straig...more
This book isn't something I would probably choose to read. I was introduced to the author via a post looking for authors wanting R4R's, and of course I couldn't resist having a go myself, and I'm glad I did!!

The writing isn't perfect - but then again it never is. There were a couple tense things (switching between) but I didn't really notice because I was so focused on the story. On Poppy Johnson, not on me.

This is a book of self-discovery; of testing the boundaries and discovering where life ca...more
I should point out that I normally don’t read young adult fiction. It’s just not a genre that totally grasps my interest; however, I will admit to wanting to read Jolene Stockman’s The Jellybean Crisis based on the cover alone. I mean, look at it! It’s gorgeous! In the end Stockman’s writing had me riveted. It’s a fun story, and I believe in the message in the book: You aren’t limited to just being you, you can be many things, but most importantly don’t forget about YOU.

Poppy Johnson is a 16-yea...more
Amy Fournier
This book was fantastic. It has a wonderful message and I thought that in general the characters were pretty great too. There's a tiny little bit of romance, but it's mainly about finding yourself and making your own decisions. I loved the whole Jelly Bean Theory too. It was fun, but also made a lot of sense when you think about it. Why eat all the best ones first and get left with crap, save some of the best ones for last! Great life lesson.

Poppy is super smart and has always known what her fu...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
I would like to Thank AToMR Blog Tours for allowing me to be a part of this tour. I was dying to read The Jelly Bean Crisis and when the opportunity arose for me to be on the blog tour I jumped at it and I am so glad I did because I absolutely loved it! This story is so real life for a lot of teenagers that have parents who map out there entire life for them even right down to who they will marry.

The Jelly Bean Crisis is about a girl named Poppy who does everything she is asked to do by her pare...more

So, why do I recommend you read this book? If you're a teen thinking about going to college or a parent with a kid going off to college, I think you should read it simply so you can remember who's life it is that's going to be affected the most by college. What's the right major? Should I take a year off? Should I let my child take a year off? Should I let them go for their dreams or a sensible job? If any of those questions are wandering around in your mind, even if you're an adult considering...more
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 abo...more
Sarah (That Teenage Feeling)
What do you do when you realise everything you have worked so hard for might not be what you really want? Do you do what's expected of you, what is comfortable and makes sense? Or do you try to find the spark, the thing that will truly make you happy even if it means you get a little lost along the way?

This is no easy decision to make, and for Poppy Johnson, a 'smart-nice girl' who is well on her way to being accepted at Columbia University, scholarship in hand, she decides to determine what she...more
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review*

Jolene Stockman is an award winning writer, speaker, and an expert for Girlfriend Magazine Australia. She is a Master of Neuro Linguistic Programming, and one of the youngest in the world to achieve the Distinguished Toastmaster Award. Jolene lives in New Zealand, and is the author of Total Blueprint for World Domination. The Jelly Bean Crisis is her debut fiction.
Learn more at www.jolenestockma...more
I was really excited to read this book because I was a huge fan of Jolene's non-fiction book Total Blueprint for World Domination that I just had to see how she delved into the world of fiction. Needless to say, Jolene's writing and the story she created in The Jelly Bean Crisis completely blew me away.

From the start of the book I was hooked into the story. I found the whole Jelly Bean Theory of Poppy's to be really interesting because that's the kind of thing that I do in my everyday life. Exc...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
According to POPPY, the red jelly beans are the best. They are to be saved for last, savored at a later date. You have to get through the green, orange, white, etc fist.

She uses this theory to determine her life path. School is like the green jelly beans. You do it first, you get through it and then you can enjoy your life once education is completed.

Poppy has just been selected for a prestigious scholarship. It has been her dream to be selected and then head to Columbia. She has set her course...more
This book has THE cutest cover ever, omg. And the cutest title to match! AND it meant I got to cross J off my A-Z challenge list... 22 down, four to go! (Q, X, V and Z for the record.)

And it was, luckily, loads of fun to match the adorable cover and title combo. :) Basically, Poppy's a super-studious, over-achieving kind, who wins a prestigious scholarship... and then has a bit of a crisis when she suddenly realises that maybe going to Columbia and following the family "legacy", studying finance...more
Poppy Johnson is 16 years old and has spent her entire life striving to be the top of her class in order to win the prestigious Denton award, a full scholarship to Columbia. She's had her whole life planned out since she was young, everything neatly figured out, she even has her own jelly bean theory. On the day her dreams are about to come true, she is suddenly hit with the realization that she isn't sure if this is really what she wants. With the help of her high school counselor, her Nana, a...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I really enjoyed this book. I read it every free chance I had and finished rather quickly. I found that the story rang true and is an important lesson for people - especially high school and college students - to learn. That lesson is that you don't have to have everything planned out from the very beginning, sometimes you have to find yourself and your path.

I really liked Poppy. She had courage and drive. She took a chance and in the end found an appropriate resolution to...more
Rachelia (Bookish Comforts)
Actually 4.5 stars

The Jelly Bean Crisis was a unique, fun, smart read that was for me at least, extremely relatable. Poppy is having a bit of a sophomore crisis – she’s not sure if she can or even wants to live up to all the expectations her parents and teachers have for her and go to Columbia to study finance as everyone else in her family has. Instead what Poppy wants is to try a few things out, and see if finance is the career for her before she accepts a major scholarship and commits four...more
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I'm a writer of books, an eater of wedges, and a lover of exclamation marks.

My YA non fiction, Jawbreaker - Unlock the (U)niverse lets you explore who you are and decide who you want to be.

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

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