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The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman
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Aug 06, 2012

really liked it
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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, and her somewhat reluctant parents, Poppy is given thirty days to figure things out. Sink or swim, she's in, and eager to take on the world and find her place in it.

This is a really cute and fun story about a young girl's quest to find herself and her place in life. As the reader, you take the month-long journey with Poppy as she discovers who she is and who she is not. Poppy is a very charismatic and entertaining character. I really liked her a lot. The things she thinks are as entertaining as the things she says. Other characters are best friends Becca and Ella, each with their own plans for their future. Then there is Stratford Logan, the hottie that Poppy just seems to keep bumping into everywhere. I enjoyed seeing Poppy mature in this story, and learn to stand up for herself and what she wants, and do this without destroying her relationship with her family, especially her dad, and her friends. There was the hint of romance in the story also, which was really sweet. This was a cute, fun, and fast-paced read, and would really appeal to the high-school age group, though we all can learn a little life lesson from The Jelly Bean Crisis. As Poppy would say, everyone's favorite color might not be red.
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