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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
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
Jul 02, 2014 Hilda rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 20, 2016 Jenna rated it it was ok
I didn't really buy a lot of what happened and couldn't connect with the main character.
Aug 06, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
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
Christoph Fischer
Aug 02, 2014 Christoph Fischer rated it it was amazing
“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
May 09, 2012 Jane rated it it was amazing


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
Sep 04, 2012 Chimene rated it it was amazing
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
Duncan McGonall
Aug 29, 2014 Duncan McGonall rated it really liked it
The Jelly Bean Crisis, Jolene Stockman
Genre: fiction
Category: Young Adult (contemporary)

Poppy Johnson has a problem. All her young life she’s aspired to a career in Wall Street high finance. She’s an overachiever and has surrounded herself with friends of like mind. Her junior year of high school is a tipping point. She comes into the story having resolved early in life to delay gratification on the assumption that enduring the less savory today will make a better tomorrow—the jellybean theory—
Aug 26, 2014 Books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-2014
The Jelly Bean Crisis was recommended to me by one of my most trusted book-addict friends, and what a terrific read it turned out to be. After having read countless less-than-mediocre attempts by inexperienced self-publishing authors, I’ve been steering clear of indie books for the past couple of months. Jolene Stockman’s The Jelly Bean Crisis can be shelved right up there with bestselling traditionally published works!

First off, this book is extremely well-written compared to other self-publish
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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
Nikki Bywater
Jul 17, 2013 Nikki Bywater rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 07, 2015 Sana rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Dec 15, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Andrea Heltsley
Jul 19, 2012 Andrea Heltsley rated it really liked it
"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
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Aug 15, 2012 Haley ~ YA-Aholic rated it really liked it
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
Michelle Book Briefs
Aug 05, 2012 Michelle Book Briefs rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 10, 2012 Marissa rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 13, 2013 Dion rated it really liked it
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
Aug 31, 2014 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Reading a teenage book with a crisis in the title at the moment that your own life goes through a crisis is always a risk, but this one was a wonderful choice at the moment.
When the main character goes through the possiblities of her own life, you get dragged into the things that go through the minds of teenagers at that stage, and feel the disappointment when things don't turn out the way you hope they will or thought they would.
The book is really well written and helps people to take the righ
Sep 18, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
I was gifted a copy of this book by the author. This review may contain spoilers. This is such a great read! Poppy is a junior in high school who thought she had it all figured out. Poppy wins a free college scholarship but realizes she doesn't love her choice. Poppy takes a month off to figure out what she loves, farming, baking cookies, working on a film and decides to write a book about her experiences. This would be a great book for junior high and high schoolers to read.
Aug 24, 2014 Autumn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
When I first read the blurb I was really like umm this far out of my normal genre of books. There is no horror, drama, romance you know all that.
But when I glanced at a friend's review I was like you know what I am going to have to give this book a try and I am glad I did.
Let me say that I do like the cover it is very magical looking and very unique.
This is a story about Poppy who learns to find happiness for herself and not for others. I enjoyed how she wanted to take time to find something s
Emmirenchia Loots
Aug 18, 2014 Emmirenchia Loots rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I loved this book. Poppy is young, hard working, has goals and has plans. She works at them. She is not expecting to be handed life on a platter. No, she and her two best friends know that you need to work for what you want in life. Poppy uses Jellie Beans to make big life decisions. Weirdly enough at my age that sounds as sensible as anything I have come up. It is scare to make a decision that will pave out your entire future. It is scary that everybody expects you to know what is best, what wi ...more
Lynn Worton
Aug 20, 2014 Lynn Worton rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic coming of age/teen drama story! I loved it!

Firstly, I would like to say that I LOVE the cover! I remember seeing it when it was revealed back in 2012. I had wanted to read the book then, but forgot about it over time. However, that all changed when I saw a blog page I follow do a review of the book recently. It reminded me about wanting to read it, so I downloaded a copy and started to read!

Poppy Johnson is a wonderful character. I liked her very much, but if she had been in
Wendy Steele
Aug 18, 2014 Wendy Steele rated it it was amazing
Poppy Johnson lives her life by the Jelly Bean Theory (no spoilers!) A hard working, A* student, Poppy's Plan, the Blueprint for her Life, is progressing smoothly...scholarship, degree in finance, well paid job in Wall Street = happiness...or does it?

Written in the first person, Stockman's writing flows beautifully. All the characters come alive from the page while the story is pacey, interesting, funny, in fact, I had trouble putting it down.

Though billed as YA, this book is an enjoyable read f
Dec 19, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-review
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
Amy Fournier
Aug 09, 2012 Amy Fournier rated it really liked it
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
Aug 09, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing

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
Jan 30, 2016 JennRenee rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
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
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